Category: Van Living Pros & Cons

Real talk about what makes van living great and not-so-great.

When to stop traveling full time

Red Delicious is retiring. That’s right: Beginning September 1, we will no longer be van-dwellers or full-time travelers. We’ll have been on the road for four years, with nearly three of them in our van. For those of you considering van life, do not despair! We have loved adventuring and do not regret van-dwelling at all. But we always said we’d do… Read more →

When van life sucks

Van life isn’t always fun. Hip Instagram portrayals make it seem like one long, perfect, carefree daydream. We think van living is pretty great… except when it’s not. Sometimes, van living sucks. Sometimes, you don’t wake up to ocean waves or a bucolic park — you wake up outside a Walmart. It’s really important to us to be honest with you… Read more →

I am a van-dweller. AMA!

If you’re not familiar with IAmA on reddit, it’s when someone says who they are and encourages users to AMA, or “Ask me anything.” It usually looks something like this: I am a van-dweller who has lived in a minivan-turned-camper for 2+ years while traveling full time. AMA There are so many questions we get about the miscellaneous ins and outs of… Read more →

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 →

The dark side? Van life’s 5 moral dilemmas

It’s no secret we think van living is awesome. I mean, this photo says it all.   Swimming in the Fork River near the Idaho-Montana border   But, in our travels, these five moral dilemmas have gnawed at us. Could van living be harmful? Here’s what we’ve determined. You can decide whether we’re reaching in our rationalizing or not. Dilemma #1:… Read more →

Van life time-lapse

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! We’re writing from Eel Lake State Park, a little north of Coos Bay, Oregon. Sorry for the silence; we’d spent a month in California visiting family and friends and catching up on work. The weather is beautiful here, so we’ve brought the tent. On warm nights, we sleep outside. On cooler nights like tonight, we… Read more →

The hardest thing about full-time travel

Hear us out on this one. Full-time travel has a lot of perks, but one major drawback: loneliness. Here’s the emotional journey we typically take: Joy: “This is so much fun! You know who would really enjoy this? (Insert friend’s name)!!” Longing: “I miss hanging out with them. Have you talked to them lately?” Sadness: “It’s hard not having friends nearby.” Resignation: “It was… Read more →