After hiking the Appalachian Trail I was looking for ways to minimize my life, my possessions, and my expenses, and #VanLife seemed like the ideal solution.
In 2014 I moved into a self converted Honda Element and lived on the streets of Santa Barbara, CA while holding down a regular job, as well as serving as the youngest Club President of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara.
In 2015 I upgraded to a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia campervan, continued living in Santa Barbara for a few more months, secured a Digital Nomad income stream, quit my job, and hit the road to live and travel fulltime.
ALL VAN LIFE ADVENTURES
I drove east along the Oregon Trail and got lost in the nostalgia of sitting in the middle school computer lab, shooting pixilated deer, and praying that I wouldn't drown while fording the river, only [...]
I left Breckenridge and drove north through Colorado and into Wyoming, covering 500 miles in a single day. It was more driving than I like to do in one stretch, but I had places to [...]
My first month of FunEmployment was spent based in Arizona, as well as traveling to Michigan and the Appalachian Trail in New England. I had not slept in the van a single night since leaving [...]
First Stop – Arizona
It was 5:00 PM on Friday, June 12, 2015. I closed my laptop, opened a cold beer, and exhaled. Ahhhh...I was finally...unemployed. Well, self employed, but like my buddy Luis Escobar is fond of saying, [...]
Me Tarzan. Meet Tantor.
I am writing this as I’m sitting in my living room, which also happens to be my kitchen, office, bedroom, workshop, game room, lounge, and oh yeah, my vehicle. I am a vandweller. Tantor [...]
Brittany’s Birthday In Yosemite
What does a van dweller get his girlfriend for her birthday? Good question. A special coffee table book? Nope, no coffee table. A new sweater? He could, but then she would need to get rid [...]
Running in Ridgecrest with Rios
Fat Ass Race: The name given to a low key run characterized by the phrase "No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps". Fat Ass: A person with large buttocks. You should never call anyone [...]
Living Free In Death Valley
“What are you doing this weekend?” a co-worker asked. “Heading to Death Valley!” I enthusiastically replied. “Really, is there anything cool to do in Death Valley?” Ummmm….yes. Friday after work we filled the Element with [...]
Re-Creating in Big Sur
Recreation. Re-Creation. To create anew, restore, refresh. Sand Dollar Beach - Big Sur As 2015 began, we knew that we not only needed adventure and recreation for the fun, but to also continually [...]
Twas the night before Christmas – The van dweller edition
Living in a car means I have a lot of time to think, and come up with silly things like "Twas the night before Christams, the Van Dweller Edition"! Twas the night before Christmas, when [...]
Home Sweet Honda
I wake up every morning with a weird sensation and a brief nightmare. In my half awake haze I see Matt Foley from Saturday Night Live standing above me saying “Now, as your father probably [...]
Vag·a·bond (ˈva-gə-ˌbänd) 1: moving from place to place without a fixed home: wandering 2: of, relating to, or characteristic of a wanderer My life changed a lot in 2014. I completed my year as the [...]