Approaching a Vandweller; You Might Be Doing it Wrong

New hobby: I’m going to start approaching peoples houses like they approach my van. Could you imagine treating a stranger’s home as they would yours? As soon as somebody opens their front door my plan is to stand on the sidewalk, peer in at different angles, and try to see all of their living spaces. … Continue reading Approaching a Vandweller; You Might Be Doing it Wrong

Inner City Sleeping in a Van

The barking of sea lions and slight crashing of the waves makes it sound like I am parked in the middle of the ocean. Though I’m not actually that close to the water, my anxiety is cranked to 11 and amplifying the sounds. Every footfall is somebody about to knock and every voice is that … Continue reading Inner City Sleeping in a Van

Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife

According to social media and other forms of inflated self-promotion, the vanlife is nothing but freedom. Wide open roads to drive on, national parks to get lost in, and hammocks strung (illegally) between Joshua trees to nap in. Every night is a new sunset and every day a new adventure. But when was the last … Continue reading Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife

Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for Van Dwellers

Dead leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and there’s a chill in the air. It’s the end of October, and it’s finally the season best known for scantily clad women dressed up as sexy animals, drunk dudes taking their shirts off in bars, and little kids pretending to be whatever their parents make … Continue reading Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for Van Dwellers

Vanlife as a Dog: The Eternal Car Ride

I hear some dogs only go for car rides every once in a while. I hear some dogs only go for car rides to the vet. I also hear some dogs only get to sit in the passenger seat. I live with Dad in a car ride, and we barely ever go to the vet … Continue reading Vanlife as a Dog: The Eternal Car Ride

The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

If you Google “Top 5 Essentials for Living in a Van” (go ahead, do it), you’ll see list after list of useless items that you would barely call worth the space they take up. REI Chairs, cheesy cheap solar panels, garbage inverters, fluffy socks, Settler’s of Catan and all other types of stuff you wouldn't … Continue reading The Realistic Top 5 Essentials for Van Living

5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.

Finding Balance: The school life VS the van life

Living in a van on the road is, without a doubt, one of the most invigorating feelings I’ve ever felt. The air tastes like freedom and every mile a new adventure. One day you’re sliding down waterfalls with your best friend and the next you’re soloing up the Grand Teton in Wyoming. But being stationary … Continue reading Finding Balance: The school life VS the van life

Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation

One of the single most important (and tedious) step in starting your vanlife is properly insulating your new mobile home. Insulation will not only keep your metal tube of a house at a reasonable temperature, but it can also drastically cut down on outside noise. The second most important project you’ll perform is installing a … Continue reading Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation

A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart

Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Lauren. I’m the one who came along and surprised Justin with a serious relationship after he chose a twin size bed for his van's buildout. (Okay, it’s actually slightly smaller than a twin size bed. I was being generous.) Anyway, it's very cuddle-y. And don’t forget, Achilles is a … Continue reading A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart