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10 Things You Need To Know About VanLife

couple lives in a van, mr and mrs adventure, adventure coupleLooks magical doesn’t it? VanLife definitely has its perks, its lessons, its moments of beauty and its moments of frustration, especially when you’re traveling with your soon-to-be husband or wife… for 10 months straight! The truth is that as crazy as we’ve made each other throughout the past few months, I couldn’t love him more and we wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.

whatever it takes, couple on top of mountain, adventurous couple1.We don’t plan ahead.

boy with jansport, boy with sailboat, key west sail boatAside from a few key events and deadlines we’ve had to make, vanlife allows our spirits to roam as wildly and freely as we wish. With no reservations, if we fall completely in love with a place we can stay as long as our hearts desire! Who needs an agenda when you can live by faith and follow your intuition.

couple standing on a giant tree, epic couple adventure kiss, hiking couple2. Living together 24/7 is HARD.

girl sticking out tongue, girl in acadia national park, girl in forest, Yep, that’s me sticking out my tongue… I can’t really remember what we were arguing about here, which is a shame because I bet it was good. Yes, we have our moments and sometimes it sucks, but more often than not, it’s sooo gooood and somehow, we still can’t seem to get enough of each other. Our 21-foot home leaves no room for emotional distance and is much more comfortable when things are running smoothly (literally and figuratively), so we try to learn more everyday about how we can be a better part for our whole.

love is the answer, banksy street art, einstein graffiti, love graffiti 3. We don’t use half of what we brought.

girl with coffee, camping in the dessert, red rocks park californiaMugs? Yes. Blender? Not so much. We all know the saying “less is more,” well, when it comes to living in a van, it couldn’t ring more true. When we first set out on this journey we packed as many items of clothing as we could possibly fit into our 3 little cubbies each. Certain that I would NEED multiple bikini options and a different little tank top everyday, the truth is that Florida/California girls are the worst at packing for anything below 72 degrees (and I am both).

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big sur roadtrip, vanlife adventure, vanlifeOne of our mottos over the past year has been to say “YES” to strangers. Despite what we may have been told as children, there are A LOT of really GREAT people out there! You just have to be willing and open enough to give them a chance. When you believe in others, you give them a chance to be a blessing.

big sur roadtrip, vanlife adventure, vanlife5. The internet still finds a way to take over.

augies coffee redlands, best cafe in california, best coffee shop in redlands californiaWhile we may not have TV or wifi all the time, as travel bloggers we have a responsibility to share our journey with our wonderful fellow-adventurers (YOU), and while we love having the opportunity to do so, we also have to be aware of how easily the “pursuit of wifi” can take us out of our present moments. Between writing posts in cafes, camping outside of McDonald’s to upload YouTube videos and using our mobile hotspots till we have no more data left, we’re constantly trying to reformulate our lives in a way that will protect us from missing out on the unique world and people around us.

sunset cactus, vanlife sunset, sequoia national park, boy with beer and sunset6. It feels better to save $10 than it does to spend it.

nashville street art, mural with birds, dyer jenkins sweatshirtEver wonder how we stick to our $33/day budget? This goes along with point #3, less is truly more. Sure we enjoy a few trinkets and treats here and there, but the more we indulge in life, the less we need to indulge into our pockets… unless there’s an ice cream cone (or kombucha) in that pocket, then it’s a different story.

ice cream with sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles, man with icecream 7. Time is our most important commodity.

20151127-IMG_3359You may think that life on the road slows everything down, that we lay in our hammock and play cards all day, reading books and staring into each other’s eyes, but the reality is that there is SO MUCH TO SEE IN AMERICA! While we make it a point to enjoy our present moments (hammock and eye staring included), we both agree that we could have spent three years doing what is taking us one; basically we wish we could spend more time EVERYWHERE.
sunset gif, vanlife lessons, video of sunset8. We hardly spend time inside our van.

bonfire camping, couple with bonfire, vanlife adventure coupleBesides sleeping, doing chores, cooking and the few nights we’ve spent streaming wifi from a Starbucks so we could watch a movie, most of our time is spent outside building bonfires, exploring nature, seeing cities and making friends with the people around us. We do a pretty good job breaking up drive times and have rarely spent the whole day driving… though in some ways, those are some of our favorite days.

boy driving car, vanlife couple, couple living in van, sunset in window9. People are always shocked (and inspired) by our story. 

mr and mrs adventure, geographie store san diego, live a great story stickerMost of the time we just feel like two crazy kids trying to make a difference in this world, but I guess for some, we’re already making difference enough… which brings us to our next point:

10.WE LOVE VANLIFE and we don’t want it to end.

van life love, couple lives in a van, mr and mrs adventure… the great thing is, it doesn’t have to end… and it won’t… more on that to come. If you want to make sure to get an update on plans for our next GREAT ADVENTURE, be sure to subscribe here! Until then, keep on dreaming and keep on building up the courage to manifest those dreams, one adventurous day at a time.

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16 Comments

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    Amanda

    January 24, 2017

    Love your photos and journey! We’re just starting now (still in the process of renovating our camper) and so far this all rings true, especially love #4 (meeting awesome people along the way– I just wrote about that one myself 🙂 http://thevanproject.co/human-connection/)

    Looking forward to following along, and who knows– maybe crossing paths someday in the future.

    Best,
    Amanda (and Matt)
    The Van Project // (www.instagram.com/van.photo)

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 25, 2017

      Hi Amanda and Matt! What an exciting time the beginning is, you’re on the verge of discovering so many unknowns, but the best part is that you already know who you get to share it – with your best friend 🙂 Loved your post and we’re so glad you found us. Stay in touch, we would love to cross paths one day! #VanLifeLovers

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    Kim

    January 28, 2016

    2 days… That is Awesome! Congratulations!

    We want to go to Europe as well but figure we will spend some time seeing America first. My husband is a software engineer and I am home schooling our 4 year old daughter (hence the school supplies).

    We have every intention of continuing the nomadic lifestyle for as long as we feel it is healthy for her. If she is showing signs of needing to stop we will for a while. We’ll see. 🙂 No end date as of right now. Our start date is May 1st when the Motorhome is ready for pickup!

    Our trek begins from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where our bricks and sticks is located. We recently sold and need to vacate in the next 4 days! Crashing at my mothers house for a bit in a super tiny town in Northern Idaho. 😀 YAY.

    The past 4 years I have developed into something of a homebody. I’m looking forward to being forced out of my little comfort zone bubble I’ve created and back into the world again. My daughter and I can explore the fun new places we are parked at and truly engage in our surroundings. I want to enroll her in team sports and classes at local venues and stay for a bit in each place. No hurry to move on until we’ve really learned what we can. If we’re not feeling a place we just kick the dust off our collective flip flops and skeeeedaddle! Adventure before Dentures! right!?

    We are creating a webpage for our family and friends to keep track of us (I think I put the page on my first post)- probably not as well written or such great pictures as yours but I’m looking forward to spending some time learning how. For now it is simply informative. I get a lot of the same questions all the time about what we are doing so I tried to include as much as that mundane stuff as I could for the first 2 posts. Hopefully the next ones will be more exciting. 🙂 I’m sooo far from a great photographer but maybe I’ll improve.

    I’ll definitely be following your European trip..looking forward to your postings from across the pond. Do you have any inclination for any other continents after that? How long will you be “doing Europe”?

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    Kim

    January 27, 2016

    Super Inspiring and exciting! We Just sold our home, most of our stuff, and ordered a motor home! If it weren’t for the school supplies I feel I need (but probably don’t) we would’ve gone with something much smaller. I never thought we’d do this, yet, here we are! Stories like yours make me anxious to get outta here and see what you’ve seen!! 😀 Hope to run into you two on the road someday – not literally of course ‘cuz that would suck.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 28, 2016

      We are SO EXCITED for you!! School supplies – what do you do? Where are you starting from and when is your start date? You are going to enjoy the freedom and open road so much… we get married in 2 days and then we’re off to VanLife it in Europe! We hope to run into you one day too, and again, not literally 😉

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    Missy

    January 20, 2016

    You are inspiring! Love your photos. If we didn’t have 7 children, we would trade in our school bus for a van.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 20, 2016

      Thank you! You have a beautiful family and we think it’s such an incredible way to raise your kids. We may need a bus one day 😉

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    Frugal RN

    December 30, 2015

    I love your outlook and approach to life. My wife, son, and I are hoping to hit the road full time in an Airstream in the next 3-4 years while I work as a travel nurse. Looking forward to continue following your travels overseas. May you continue to have safe journeys and a safe and Happy New Year!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 31, 2015

      Hi Edward! What an incredible opportunity it is to be able to work and travel as a nurse, we have a few friends who have done it and it has brought them so much freedom while also being able to give back. We look forward to having you along for our journey and lookbforward to the adventures the New Year brings us all!

      • Frugal RN

        December 31, 2015

        Thank you! The “travel” is actually foreshadowing the future, as we are stationary for now. But we are excited for the journey of getting there! And I’m not sure where Edward came from…lol…but my name is Brandon. It’s nice to “meet” you guys! Take care!

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    mrandmrsadventure

    December 14, 2015

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words Paddy! Be happy, honor your soul and go and find adventures no matter how small or close to home they may be! Even getting up to go for a morning walk can be an adventure, especially if it isn’t part of your normal routine! Wishing you inspiring days ahead – adventure is in the heart… 😉

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    Paddy

    December 14, 2015

    Inspiring stuff guys. For someone like myself who loves the outdoors and has such a long list of places I want to visit, working a 9 to 5 job in an office can be slightly depressing! Reading stuff like this and looking at all your amazing photos gives me food for thought and reminds me that there will always be adventures to look forward to.

    There are a lot of travel and hiking blogs and websites out there, and this is easily one of my favorites!

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    Pat Redhouse

    December 8, 2015

    That was very interesting read. Thx and love, pat

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 10, 2015

      One of my best yet I think 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! xo

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    Gary Morgan

    December 8, 2015

    Lora and I can hardly wait to hear about your next adventure.

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 10, 2015

      We can’t wait to tell you!! Hopefully in person 😉 Love from FL!

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