Reflecting on two years of van life

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been living the van life for TWO YEARS. Here we are, about to embark in January 2015. So fresh-faced and full of anticipation!     Since then, we’ve put 53,000 miles on Red Delicious. We’ve visited breathtaking national parks, hiked hundreds of miles, said tearful goodbyes to our best furry friend, prepared countless meals… Read more →

Round up: Van-friendly foods

You live in a van and have unreliable refrigeration — or none at all. Which foods should you keep in your van? This is an adjustment for people used to house-dwelling. A fridge and freezer make perishables possible for longer. One thing we’ve noticed about folks our parents’ age is a love of buying lots of meat and stocking it… Read more →

Insurance: protecting what’s in your van

Last Sunday, we drove back to our campsite ― and found it empty. After two years of traveling full time by van, someone finally jacked our stuff. The good news is we hadn’t left behind anything valuable. Our two-burner camp stove, two camping chairs, hatchet and two bundles of firewood were taken. Altogether worth about $100. Frustrating since we’re not made of money,… Read more →

Photo tour: Coast to Coast Walk in England

While van living in the desert with seasoned RVers last winter, we met a Canadian couple from Winnipeg who told us they walked the Coast to Coast Walk in England. “It’s like walking through a storybook,” they told us. We were immediately intrigued. As we’ve said before, the minimalist lifestyle of a van-dweller makes it easier to undertake lengthy adventures like this,… Read more →

Photo tour: Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon

Another reason van life is great: It’s easier — logistically and financially — to go on other adventures. We spent roughly a month hiking the length of Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. This is the longest backpacking trip we’ve ever taken. (We hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail in 2014, which was a fraction of the length.) And though it was challenging, it… Read more →

Van life fitness and road trip exercises

Fact: Spending a lot of time in a vehicle isn’t good for physical fitness. One of van living’s big challenges is that driving equals sitting — and sitting is the new smoking. Even if you travel slowly and don’t drive long distances daily, van life is essentially one long, seated road trip. We’ve been struggling with staying fit since we set out. It was especially… Read more →