So much of the joy that vanlife provides is through freedom. This week, we took advantage of that freedom and hit the California coast for a few days. There's nothing quite like driving down Highway 1 📷: @s0weboughtavan
5 more sleeps. Reveal day pushed back as Arnie needs to rest up. But everything happens for a reason. Considering I've been home for 3 months in 2 years, I think time spent at home with him is well overdue😊 looking forward to seeing Atlas all finished and start our adventures🚐🌴
Spent the day watching vanlife youtube videos, as you do when you're about to pick up your own van!
This is a take on @eh.mon & @rebeccamoroney Chickpea Salad🥗🥪
I got excited thinking I had all the ingredients..turns out I'd ran out of chickpeas(🤦♀️..I ALWAYS have chickpeas in the house?!) Anyway, shot down to the corner store to get the goods...tastes EPIC as the name suggests!! Tastes like cheese burger 😂🤷♀️
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I’m usually more of the get-to-camp-and-relax kind of person. This usually means that I’m headed there earlier than most, and often prefer to get to camp instead of stop anywhere. Something I’ve been intentional with lately is pulling over and allowing myself time to just take in my surroundings. Even if it’s just a few minutes, I find that this increases my appreciation for the places I call home each night. Such a simple thing, yet it makes all the difference.
Stoked level 10000. This was the first time we ever drove the @jomovan off-road and @bran was absolutely loving it! The road was an old rally-car dirt racing track with some fun drops and rocky terrain. The owners of the land converted the track to a trendy Airbnb that was super remote - all the land on the property was yours to explore for the day/night. More from this place coming soon 🤙
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Before/After We remodeled Vanna White after living in it for a while, and decided to improve the layout from our first build. What do you think?
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When your neighbors are amazing and have been watching every step of your van build in excitement with you... they make sure you have holiday decor for your first trip in the built out van!! ❤️🎄
Picked up Chad from his Service A and looked at this 2019 - kind of “meh” if you ask me. The new radio is cool but gigantic. Wish I had the $$ and space to warehouse some 2018s for future use #sprinter#sprintervanconversion#meh
We are super stoked to be finished with this really unique and beautiful build and it’s FOR SALE!! Amenities include aluminum framed cabinetry, a queen sized convertible bed, a 65Q fridge, off-grid power and more. Built on a rugged and reliable van platform, this will get you on the road in style.
For more pics, the full build sheet and pricing, check out the link below.
We’re also scheduling custom builds for the new year! Get in touch and we’ll build you the van of your dreams!
One year ago today we woke up on my childhood beach with these other nomads, @slowcarfasthome and @yes_kamp, who we met because of Instagram of course. I know this because I keep a travel journal, where I write down a line every day (swipe to see it). I’ve been keeping track of my memories like this for three years now. It's a great analog way to track your life and reflect on your progress as a human.
Looking forward, the new year is a great moment to reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go, and I’ve been exploring new ways to goal set. You see, I feel like I really am living my dream right now and that’s actually put me in a place where I don’t know what my next big goal is!! I realize that sounds like not a bad problem to have, but I always want to be improving and growing and becoming a better person.
I recently read on @reneeroaming’s post that on the new year, she writes a journal entry in the tense that it’s currently one year from now and records the events that take place over the past year — but really the future year! She said that when she looked back at last years’ entry, that it had all come true!
This is something I’ve heard from @vacayvans and @theladiesvan as well about their goal setting experiences. Personally, I write down things I’m looking forward to in the new year, but not necessarily “goals” because as a philosophy, Mike and I both believe in hard work to make things happen without arbitrary goal setting controlling our daily actions. But I’m curious now about the power of goal setting and thinking I’m going to do it this new year.
What do you think? Do you believe in the power of goal setting, and what exercises do you do to figure them out? Tell me below so we can try them out!
Holiday traditions are important to us and we’ve started a new one this year. Decorating Bruce! 🎄🚐
We figured that we spend just as much time in the van as we do at home, so why not make our home on wheels festive too? To start, we each picked one decoration for the van. Ash picked the wreath and Margaux picked the garland on the roof rack. Next year, and all future holidays, we plan to let Mar pick something to add. Hopefully she will find this new tradition as much fun as we do!
Have we mentioned lately we really enjoyed BC? From the snow and mountains to the wonderful people we met. Vancouver showed us just how much rain can fall in a week. .
A huge thank you to all the people we met. We cannot express our gratitude for the company, shared meals, use of showers/laundry facilities and local tips. The support for our adVANture and the opportunities for @rayoutfitted means so much to us. .
We're going to be back in BC in March, before returning to Ontario for pre-booked camper conversions. From there, it's off to introduce Belle the Sprinter to the Atlantic ocean. Before then - we're taking a couple months to enjoy wide open BLM land in the US. 🌞
Sharing our journey here has brought so many wonderful opportunities. Its a strange role social media plays in our lives. We're continuing to seek balance - living for the adventure and not the pursuit of perfect IG photos. Many thanks to our wonderful community and supporters for encouraging us. I know we'll be grateful to have these photos - as imperfect as they may be - for the rest of our lives. 💚🚐
Let’s talk about being a passenger. Would you rather be passenger or driver? What’s your favorite way to pass the time as a passenger? I see tons of #vanlife pics, but we rarely talk about the part of the trip between destinations, even though that is a big part of the experience. I love my time as a passenger. It’s so relaxing. I have no where else to be, and it gives me the unhurried opportunity to do stuff I so rarely have time for. Hubs and I have grownup conversations about the nature of the universe, I read guidebooks to plan the next leg of the trip, I knit, and I write and put pictures in our travel journal. I confess that this peace and quiet is achieved with the help of some screen time for the kids—long drives and plane flights are the only times they get it, so they beg for long drives!—but it’s worth it for us. And we still do plenty of I Spy, 20 Questions, and license plate hunting. I love that feeling of looking around the campsite to make sure the last items of gear were loaded into #Yayho, buckling the kids in their boosters, heaving the side door shut, and climbing into the passenger seat, surrounded by all my guide books, snacks, drinks, and other goodies. The road is calling....
Here we have another #sprinter with a fully insulated headliner area that helps keep the road noise and temps tamed and a swivel seat that adds loads of usable space when parked.
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Custom craftsmanship is something that you can feel, see and hang your hat on when push comes to shove. We’re always on the hunt for materials that add style, textures and most importantly, durability to our custom builds. #vannonbuilt
We decided to live in the van shortly after getting married, which made a lot of people ask us, “Are you guys crazy? Won’t you get sick of each other?”
It’s a funny question because while we worried about a number of small things when preparing for #vanlife, it didn’t even cross our minds once to worry about spending so much time together in a small space. To be completely honest, it sounded even more fun to us to be able to share that experience and get to spend so much time together. Sure, it can be more stressful at times and you definitely expose your relationship to situations at a faster pace... but that’s all part of the fun. It just forces you to sit down and actually communicate, instead of being able to run away from tough conversations.
In short, we love living in the van together and wouldn’t want it any other way!
I walked up to our van last night and looked inside the window and thought how sweet and cozy it looked🥰 Sometimes we forget we’re in a van (until we can’t get by each other in the hall😂)!