Have you ever had an experience that has solidified an idea that you never considered a possibility? An idea that once planted, established roots, grew tall and bloomed to perfection?
If Connecticut has taught me anything, it’s that I’m done being stuck in a permanent residence. I’m the type of person that has to have her schedule all mapped out, and it’s time to get out of my comfort zone. Imagine the freedom to come and go as you please, no morning alarms set, no packed agenda.
The Wild Woman in me is craving the ability to pick up and leave for a day, a week, months. I want to escape whenever I want, without paying an arm and a leg for somewhere to stay each time.
In one year, my little family and I will pick up and, (Universe willing,) move across the country to Washington. While the idea of having a permanent home there sounds picturesque, I realized that during my beloved’s deployments, I don’t want to be tied down and alone. My first thought was, “I could rent an RV to visit my friends and family while my beloved is gone.”
Somehow I stumbled on #VanLife
What would you do if you could go anywhere and take your home and your faves with you? If the open road was your playground and your getaway car was your dwelling place?
WTF is #VanLife
The easiest way to explain it is, people take a van, strip it and convert it to a home on wheels. That involves insulating the entire thing, hooking up solar panels, adding kitchen sinks and a stove, a bed, and sometimes a couch. Some live in their van solo, with a spouse, and/or with a pet. And then they travel the world. Its incredible.
My VanLife Inspirations
Max, Lee and Occy
He’s Australian, She’s Canadian, and he’s… well… a dog. This couple travels all over the world with their pup in a van. They were my first discovery to the world of Van Conversion.
The Nomadic Movement
When Jordan was laid off from his job, he and Kaylee decided to live out their dream. They sold most of their belongings, bought a short bus and took to the open road. Their story features the process of the bus conversion and all of their adventures.
Wild by the Mile
Liz Bryant is a solo traveler that went from news reporter to full-time vanlifer. She’s pretty badass.
Top reasons from The Nomadic Movement to choose the VanLife
- If you don’t do it, you will regret it.
- Much better understanding of the world.
- Move past your comfort zone.
- You can work later.
- You have all the time in the world.
**Our Nomadic Timeline**
While I would love to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter van like Liz and completely remake it, I have to find a different route. Next week, we are buying a Jeep. That will be our main ride when the time comes to travel.
The Next 6 Months
We’ve decided to go with the Travel Trailer option for a few reasons:
- We want to be able to detach our living space for quick errands when we stop somewhere,
- More space for our little family.
- Less money that a van conversion.
The trailer that I’ve found and fallen in love with is almost $8K. I plan on making that money before the end of Summer.
Fall of 2019
With big plans and lots of distance in our future, we want to master a few short distance adventures. Here’s what we’re thinking:
- Cape Cod, MA
We move out of our apartment and embark on a 1 month journey across the country. A few stops along the way:
- New Orleans
- Vail, AZ (family)
- San Diego
- San Luis Obispo, CA (friends)
- Yosemite National Park
- Tahoe, CA
- Northern Nevada
- Anywhere in Oregon
- End in Bremerton, WA
While these stops wont be set in stone, most of them are at the top of our lists for exploring. I can’t wait to keep you updated on our progress!
What would be your top places to visit on a drive across the US?
Would you ever consider living the Nomad/ Van Life?
Let me know in the comments!