Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System

Epic Guide to DIY Van Build Electrical: How to Install a Campervan Solar Electrical System

When we first started thinking about our vanlife electrical system and buying our components, we had a lot of questions. We researched online, read other van build blogs and forum posts, and watched Youtube videos. Some were very helpful, but many left us with a swirl of even more questions. We were learning a lot…

Insulating Your Van: Everything You Need to Know for Your DIY Van Build

Insulating Your Van: Everything You Need to Know for Your DIY Van Build

If you want to stay comfortable in your van no matter the weather, you need to insulate. Insulation is one of the most important steps of any van build, and it pays to take the time to do it right. There’s also a lot of confusion and debate over the best way to insulate a…

From “I Wish” to “I Did”: Change Your Mind, Live Your Dreams

From “I Wish” to “I Did”: Change Your Mind, Live Your Dreams

The start of a new year is always a time of reflection and planning for us. Reflection on the year that has just passed, and planning for the year ahead. We did a lot last year, but we have big plans for the new year and we’re pumped to make 2018 our best year yet!…

Vanlife with Dogs: Tips, Challenges, and Fun on the Road

Vanlife with Dogs: Tips, Challenges, and Fun on the Road

Whether you’re a vandweller thinking about adding a furry friend to your nomadic lifestyle or a dog owner considering the leap to vanlife – there’s a lot to think about. How we’re able to live this lifestyle with two dogs is one of those questions we get all the time. Vanlife with a dog is…

17 Top Gifts for Vanlifers this Holiday Season

17 Top Gifts for Vanlifers this Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again – when people everywhere spend money they don’t have to buy things nobody needs, all in the name of rampant consumerism and holiday cheer! Kidding aside, we’re actually big suckers for any excuse to bring your whole tribe of love together to laugh and sing and eat and maybe…

Vanlife with a Partner: 8 Tips for a Successful Relationship

Vanlife with a Partner: 8 Tips for a Successful Relationship

There are plenty of vanlife couples on the road, but we’ve also talked to many people concerned that they could never live in a van with their significant other. The close quarters and constant togetherness of vanlife can be a challenge to any relationship. But diving into this awesome experience with your partner is also…

5 Things We’d Change About Our Van Build (and 5 We Wouldn’t)

5 Things We’d Change About Our Van Build (and 5 We Wouldn’t)

It’s officially November, and for us that means it’s time for some anniversary celebrations! A year ago we launched this blog, quit our jobs, and jumped full steam into our van build. We’re also well past six months on the road, and we thought it would be helpful to reflect on what we’ve learned about…

United We Van and the Ultimate Vanlife Cookbook

United We Van and the Ultimate Vanlife Cookbook

Well before John and I embarked on our own nomadic adventures, we noticed a strong sense of community among our fellow nomads. Back when we were bright-eyed noobs sporting a brand new 1996 Chevy van, we were connecting with vanlifers on social media and via Skype. And everyone was incredibly helpful answering any questions we…

Gnomad Homies: Vanabundos

Gnomad Homies: Vanabundos

For our latest Gnomad Homies International feature! We chat with the inspirational Gabriella Hummel and the ever so talented Sandro Alvarez of @vanabundos. They are from Liechtenstein/Argentina and Switzerland with some Spanish roots, but right before they hit the road they lived in Zurich. They are currently in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Enjoy their story! What…

How to Find Internet While Living on the Road

How to Find Internet While Living on the Road

Internet is pretty much a necessity these days. Don’t get us wrong – we absolutely love opportunities to go fully off the grid, no cell service and all. It’s like our vacation. But the fact remains that we need internet access to work, to stay in contact with friends and family, and even to find…

Gnomad Homies: Bound For Nowhere

Gnomad Homies: Bound For Nowhere

It’s about time to introduce you all to another exciting couple living this crazy vanlife lifestyle. They are MAK (Mary Ashley Krogh) & Owen (Chikazawa), AKA @bound.for.nowhere! When we chatted they were staying in a Walmart parking lot in Rock Springs, Wyoming. “Glamorous, I know!” From there they are heading up towards the Tetons and Yellowstone….

11 Space-Saving Storage Ideas for a DIY Van Conversion

11 Space-Saving Storage Ideas for a DIY Van Conversion

It’s incredibly important to keep your space organized when you live in a van. You may not have many belongings, but in a small space things can quickly get out of hand if you don’t have a good place to put everything. That’s why planning your storage areas and using every available inch is so…