A few days ago as I was scrolling through Instagram a question came up on the Vanlife Explorers page asking, “When you meet someone that’s miserable and stuck in the 9 - 5 grind what the best reasons you could give them for quitting and joining the van life community?” and the answer was easy to me, but many of the comments below turned to, "How do you make money while traveling in your van?"
Let's get serious for a moment folks traveling with their 4 legged friends, especially in north Cali! While Baron was in the Redwoods, through our many days hiking he sadly pick up a tick and it tested positive for Lyme!
Be thankful you are traveling now a days and not back in the day. Yes I’m talking like I am SUPER old right now, but it was 12 - 13 years ago when I used to road trip to see bands in the US and a lot of things have changed. No more paper maps and trying to figure out how long it will take to drive 1 inch on the map.
No, not four seasons because we are staying at a fancy resort in California instead of our van, but it does mean it is time to change up to a completely different season of outdoor clothing. One of the biggest struggles with living out of a tiny van is having just enough room to pack everything you need.
The most nerve racking time awaits, crossing over the border! I’m still not sure why I always get so nervous when it comes to any border guard, they’ve never once been mean and I’ve never had any issues. Might have been because this time was the first I was crossing solo, or maybe it’s because often times they take their jobs far too serious (nothing wrong with that), but when they don’t smile I seem to find it funny for some reason.
As I give a peace out to the mountains and am excited to be heading south to warmer weather, the ocean and beaches! But as I am writing this I am thinking about International Women’s day a few days ago.
…. or in this case more TINY van traveling with MY dog. Ha. There is a big difference. When I first started thinking about making this trip happen much of the thought pattern was put into making Baron happy. Honestly if he could just sit by the window all morning at home, go for his afternoon hike, eat dinner, have a nap, attempt to stop me from working by staring at me while holding a cute toy in his mouth and then going to bed every single day on repeat, he would.
The decision to use solar for my van was one of the first decision I made. I knew I wanted my van to be as self-sufficient as possible, and if I couldn’t afford to have my house back home built to run off solar panels just yet, I knew there was no excuse for not putting a bit of money into making my home on wheels run off it.
How does one get to the decision of literally converting one of the smallest roaming homes possible? Well let me tell you!
It is the middle of winter, I am in Jasper National Park and I decided this was going to be my first night to venture out, start my trip and start our van travels. I admit I was a little nervous. Would I freeze to death?