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Why would you want to live in a van for a year?

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Partially because we’re crazy, but mostly because it’s something we crave. For the past year Drew and I have been itching for a geographical challenge. Luckily our jobs and careers have worked out so that we were able to dissolve old projects and ignite new ones that will thrive with us being location independent. There are so many reasons why this is right for us, all of which centering around the fact that our souls crave the extraordinary.

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Special thanks to John with AAA Swap Shop Signs for making our awesome, eye-popping magnetic signs! The smiles and reactions from fellow drivers make driving the Adventure Mobile even more fun 🙂

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mr and mrs adventure, living in a van, living in an rv, how to travel across the US in a van, amazing view from carThe freedom granted by living “the van life” leaves more room for courage, opportunity, character and growth in whatever direction we desire! Our relentlessly aspiring sprits revel in living a reality where truly anything is possible.

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3.) Appreciating the simple things: With a strict budget, we have learned how to appreciate the benefits and ease of a simple van-cooked meal, a free sunset, a newly discovered bike path, a warm shower, a local art gallery, 2 perfectly positioned hammock trees, and the list only continues to grow. By simplifying our lives we have come to cherish those things that align with our goals and teach us how to better spend our time and resources.

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Another seemingly simple luxury we took for granted prior to living “the van life” is water. With a 6-gallon fresh-water tank to last us generally about 4 days, dish washing, tooth brushing, face washing and all things water, must be as fast and efficient as possible. We find ourselves using less dishes, turning the water off while we brush and jumping into the ocean whenever we can. Each and every day we are becoming more and more aware of the value of this scarce and vital resource that so many have to go with out.

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4.) Going with the flow: If there is one thing we know, it’s that the sooner you let go of control and accept the fact that all things change, the sooner you will find peace in just about any situation. Whether it’s the weather, your spouse’s needs, your mood, your plans or the schedule of others, things change and it’s all good. It may not feel that way in the moment, but life on the road requires you to become flexible, and along with that you learn how to be patient and let things settle as they may, you learn to be compassionate towards others, and no matter how things shift, you always find a way to make the best of it because there’s no point in living your life any other way.

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5.) “Do it while you’re young”: This is the phrase we hear time and time again from those who had always hoped to travel across America/the world, but for one reason or another, never got around to it. Kids, a house, a cat and dog, we want all of these things one day (we think), but at this point we aren’t ready to close the door on all of the possibilities and blessings that this kind of freedom gifts us with.

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And we don’t want to wait until we retire to meet our world. If we start now, we will be able to touch and be touched by so many more lives and lands that we would have otherwise never known, and in return, our lives will be that much richer. Money is just a thing that will come and we will figure out, time is a limited resource and we might as well use it while we have it. If we keep on waiting to live the lives we have dreamed of, there’s too much of a chance that we won’t be able to climb the mountains we dream of climbing!

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Oh, and an added bonus: Learning how to live life in an extraordinary way with this guy. I can’t wait to see where this all takes us.

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14 Comments

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    Stevie

    October 30, 2015

    Great one! Couldn’t agree more!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 30, 2015

      Thanks for taking the time to checkout our post Stevie! It’s such a rewarding lifestyle 🙂

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    Steph Hackney

    April 10, 2015

    Woohoo! So happy to hear about another couple doing this!

    My husband and I “checked out” for 7 years and spent that time traveling the world – the BEST decision we made for ourselves and our future.

    We never know how many more sunrises or sunsets we’ll get – there’s no guarantee of a tomorrow.

    Yes, do it…NOW! And, while you’re young and can still do all you want to do and see all you want to see.

    Case in point: we spent a couple months riding two-up on a motorcycle through Turkey, Syria and Jordan.

    Most everything we saw and experienced in Syria is now gone. And more importantly, many of the wonderful people we met there are either displaced or gone (literally).

    We wish you two all the best in your “adventures” and welcome the chance to meet you in person should you come through the Austin area.

    And, if you need connections around the world, we’re happy to make intros (as are our “overlanding” friends)!

    Here’s our website in case you want to have a look: http://www.hackneystravel.com.

    One last thing, you might want to attend Overland Expo in May in Falstaff, AZ – it’s where overlanders come together to chat, share, learn and bond. We have always presented, but won’t be there this year, but we still recommend it as a place to “find your peeps,” people who “get” your lust for living more simply and enjoying life on the road.

    Happy travels you two!

    Steph

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    Philip

    February 19, 2015

    Your blog gives me life!! I recently ran into it after doing a search for some new hikes to do in Southern California. You two are incredible and I admire your adventurous spirit and wild hearts. Do you have an Instagram account? Also..what kind of camera/model do you use? Keep it up! I look forward to following your adventures!

    @philipislost

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 19, 2015

      Thank you so much for your kind words Philip! Yes we each have an Instagram account, @hisadventure and @heradventure, we post pretty regularly 🙂 We just recently upgraded to a Canon 6D but we also use my Canon Rebel and our iPhones. So glad to have you along for the ride!

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    Dave

    February 19, 2015

    You two are doing it right!! Very inspired by this new adventure you are on!!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 19, 2015

      Thanks so much!! Excited for all that lies ahead 😀

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    Gary Morgan

    February 19, 2015

    You guys are so with it. Lora and I constantly hear when we’re traveling in the RV – “Oh you’re so lucky, I/we hope to do that someday” Today is your someday. Congratulations!!

    We’ll see you on the road, somewhere, sometime. Our next big trip is to the Northwest with a hike of Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens.

    Gary

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 19, 2015

      You gotta call us or send us your itinerary! We want to go there too, we’ll probably be in that area in early August.

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    Rebeca

    February 19, 2015

    You two are incredibly inspiring, love hearing your stories!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 19, 2015

      Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope our stories guide you to adventures of your very own 😉

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    Allyson

    February 19, 2015

    Miss you guys! Reading this makes me smile – I am so happy for the two of you. Can’t wait to see you this summer. XX

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      mrandmrsadventure

      February 19, 2015

      Miss YOU too!!Dreaming of when we’ll be back on the West Coast. Eagle Rock double date picnic hike?! xoxo

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