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VanLife Europe Part 2: Where in the world did we go this time and WHAT’S NEXT?!

mr and mrs adventure, travel europe campervan, dreamland couple9,000 miles • 110 days • 8 countries • 9 ferry crossings • 36 (mega) hikes + countless views, kisses, memories, moments of bliss/challenge and endless “things” to be grateful for, VanLife Europe Part 2 looked a little something like this:

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And just as a refresher, VanLife Europe Part 1 looked a little something like this squiggly (+ add in the adventure of finding and purchasing our van!):

vanlife europe, europe road trip, vanlife europe part 1This chapter of VanLife Europe was so different from the first (YouTube Playlist from VanLife Europe Part 1). While it was much shorter (4 months vs. 11!), it felt much longer, which we credit to the fact that we were feeling a greater degree of FOMO (“Fear Of Missing Out”), mixed with a need for warmer temperatures this time around… but don’t let that fool you, we wouldn’t have traded our time north of the Arctic Circle for ANYTHING:

lofoten norway, norway camper van, vanlife norwayWe even saw the Pre-Historic Musk Ox in Norway’s Doverfjell National Park!:

muskox, dovrefjell norway, prehistoric buffalo+ The Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe!:

jostedalsbreen glacier, largest glacier in europe, mr and mrs adventure+ Swam/bathed in Norway’s (stunning) glacial waters:

lofoten norway, norway camper van, vanlife norwayAnd called some of the most beautiful places we have EVER been, home:

lofoten norway, norway camper van, vanlife norway, reinebringenPLUS we had the chance to return to some of our favorite places, like the beaches of Quiberon (where we were happily stranded because of #vanproblems… video here):

And the mysteriously-romantic, winding alleyways + canals of Amsterdam:

amsterdam canals, amsterdam at night, beautiful amsterdam The more we travel and see, the more awakened we have become to our values, our purpose, our spirits, our connection to the earth and thus, the more ready we feel we are to dig in and start building a life in our home country, but we can’t just yet. There is still a bit more of Europe that we are drawn to explore and absorb while we have the wheels to do so. As long as we call the Howlin’ Yoweller home, everything we build needs to be able to fit into our carry-on luggage… which, as you know, is a very limited amount of space!

#thirsty 🌱

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SO, why did we come back to the US if we’re still not done exploring overseas yet? Well, if you’ve been following us for a while then you already know this, but as Americans we are limited to 90 days in the Schengen countries in a 180-day period (see our video on How we lived 89 days in Croatia). So, having exhausted our Visa days exploring Scandinavia, we had to book a ferry ticket from Calais back to England, where, as Americans, we are allowed 180 days in a 360-day period. Pro-Tip: Book your ferries in time to enjoy a sunset cruise!

calais port, ferry from calais to dover, sunset cruise calais franceOne thing to note about Calais, which has been the principal port city between France and England since the middle ages, is that starting in 1999 the began experiencing a severe refugee crisis. When we arrived to make our journey across the English Channel, it was shocking to see more security and barbed wire than you’d imagine seeing at most jails. They even searched the Howlin’ Yoweller 3 times to make sure we weren’t carrying any stowaways! Here’s us excited to be entering England for the 1st time since we began our extended honeymoon on wheels more than a year and a half ago:

mr and mrs adventure, vanlife europe, americans travel europe in camper vanOnce we made it to the (surprisingly sunny) UK coast, we renewed our MOT (after spending 3 days at the mechanic) + reconnected with old friends at Camp Quirky, realizing that each time we return, England feels more and more like our home away from home…

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Views like this and hugs from him 🌊❤️ #theseareafewofmyfavoritethings

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As much as we were enjoying our time in ole Blighty, our Floridian/Californian selves are not down with weathering an English Winter in our van (that has NO HEATING), so as we await the renewal of our Schengen days, we have decided to return to the US to soak up the Florida sun + celebrate the holidays with friends and family! Here’s a video we made during our last week in England that sums it all up:

SO WHAT WILL WE DO / WHERE WILL WE LIVE IN FL?? We’re excited to say that we’ll be living in luxury in our American camper van! In addition to spending time with friends and family + volunteering with Hurricane relief in The Keys (where we got married), we’ll be attending the Florida Surf Film Fest in New Smyrna + editing all the footage and blog post material we built up while traveling the wild European roads and trails! We’ll be releasing episodes in the order in which they occurred, so get ready for a solid season of VanLife Europe Part 2 with Mr and Mrs Adventure!! 

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THEN, just before the New Year, we’ll be flying back to the Howlin’ Yoweller and it’s HELLO VANLIFE EUROPE PART 3! Our rough draft looks a little something like this (give or take a few more squiggles):

vanlife europe, europe road trip, norway roadtripHopefully that helps explain a bit about where we’ve been and where we’re going. We tend to leap before knowing all the answers – living this way always seems to bless, challenge and move us in all the right ways. We feel so grateful to share our life adventures with you, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter + follow our Insta + join our YouTube tribe if you haven’t already + become a Patron if you love us! Where there is wonder we will wander, and lucky you will get to join in too.

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OH! And just in case you missed it, here are 3 great articles we were recently featured in that we’re super proud of:

Digital Nomads Living The VanLife Share Challenges & Work-Life Balance Tips, on FORBES.com!

14 Inspiring Camper Van Experts and Their Advice for You, on TwoWanderingSoles.com 

Honeymoons with a Difference are a Growing Trend, on the IrishExaminer.com

BONUS: One of our yummiest VanLife dishes, the “Hakuna Fritatta,” was featured in the United We Van cookbook!

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2 Comments

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    Brittany Rouille

    November 15, 2017

    You’re the best 🙂 So lucky to have sweet friends like you to share the adventure with!! Sending you all our love from Florida! xoxo

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    bigdogtravelblog

    November 13, 2017

    The water is so amazingly clear and blue in Norway, we have to add that to our endless list! Your part 1 trip was beautiful, and part 2 will be just as magical. Thank you for continually inspiring us to get out there and adventure. Love to you both!

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