The world told us we would need a thousand things to do this baby thing. Instead, we moved into a van.
Dreaming of full time travel, but have no idea how to start?
This blog is a collection of our very best tips on how to attain an affordable life of adventure, and keep the wanderlust dream alive. All, of which we learned through a process of trial and error experiences on the road.
In 2015, we bought an empty 158wb Mercedes Sprinter and converted it into a tiny home on wheels. We had some knowledge of building simple things, but no prior home building experience. With the help of this blog and this blog and this forum and this and this YouTube channel, we learned the rest. We remodeled the van twice. Raising the bed to make more space for our growing baby to play, and adding a wood burning fireplace to make camping in the snow more fun.
The goal of Vanlife was to show our baby the snow, and ocean before her first birthday. She touched them both by 8 months.
Our first trip lasted 9 months. At age 1, our Little One had lived in a van for most of her life. ( I can’t wait to tell her that). We mostly built the van on the road, in campgrounds, and in friends driveways. Our travels took us to breathtaking views of Colorado, epic forests, snow, and surf in Oregon, wide open spaces of Jackson Hole WY, along beautiful coast lines of California, intense desert sun in a 5 day cross-country ride through AZ, without AC, in summer. And so so many more.
Check out the van
I absolutely love cooking with a rainbow of colors and spices. I do not follow any one diet specifically, but I do enjoy cooking with a variety of ingredients, favoring organic whole foods, in a clean health conscious way with a focus on simplicity.
Many of the recipes you will find here have been created on the road with simple tools. I have an ARB fridge/ freezer that can plug into a cigarette lighter, a single indoor/ outdoor butane burner, and a compact grill.
Check out the travel kitchen set up
Stay the scenic route and keep that wanderlust dream alive!