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 →

Bug-proofing: installing screens in your van

It was early March in Florida: The weather was gorgeous, but the temperature in the van was sky high — even at night. No problem, we thought, we’ll just crack the windows! Then we spent the next half hour killing mosquitoes. You can still see a few blood spots on the roof of the van. :/ Most van dwellers follow good weather. That… 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 →

Storing your van when you’re away

We’re spending a lot of time away from our trusty van Red Delicious this year. We went to Australia (where we rented a van) and we’re about to spend a couple months long-distance hiking in both the U.S. and England. This begs the question: What do you do to store your van safely when you’re away? 1. Leave your van… 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 →

House-sitting guide for van-dwellers

We’re not talking about getting someone to watch your van for you. 😉 If you love travel and animals, have you considered house sitting? We’ve recently taken on more house-sitting assignments as a way to shake up van living. (As if van living weren’t exciting enough!) House sitting is a staple in the full-time traveler’s diet: it’s a way to earn free… Read more →