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Reflecting on the 2018 Midwest Vanlife Gathering

By Jayme / Jun 4, 2018 / 0 Comments
Midwest Vanlife Gathering Reflection

Every time I’ve tried to write a reflection of our first Midwest Vanlife Gathering, I’ve ended up typing one or two generic sentences before suddenly feeling frozen in time. How do you verbally explore a weekend so powerful and moving? Saying the weekend was “awesome” or a “great success” or that we had an “absolute […]

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

By John & Jayme / Jan 8, 2018 / 4 Comments
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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! […]

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United We Van and the Ultimate Vanlife Cookbook

By John & Jayme / Oct 23, 2017 / 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: What Does a Dog Need for Vanlife?

By Nymeria / Jul 13, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Hellooo favorite humans! I have missed you guys so stinkin’ much and I can’t wait to tell you how fun everything has been since the last time we talked! It seems like we’re somewhere different almost every day and there are so many new smells I can’t stand it. Oh, and Crow had to wear […]

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What Does Vanlife Mean to Us? A Vibrant Community of Inspiration

By John & Jayme / Jun 12, 2017 / 2 Comments
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One of the best things about vanlife is all the cool places you get to sleep. We spent this past weekend living in the woods on the coast of Lake Superior. It was unbelievably peaceful, and we could see the sun setting over the water through the trees. Safe to say, it’s one of the […]

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How SELF Journal Can Help You Make the Most Out of Van Life

By Jayme / May 22, 2017 / 4 Comments
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We could not be more honored to write this sponsored post for our friends over at Best Self Co. Their awesome SELF Journals help us stay focused and achieve our goals every single day, and we highly recommend checking them out! This post also contains affiliate links. When you’re traveling and living in a van – […]

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Meditating on Gratitude and Possibility

By Jayme / Apr 20, 2017 / 0 Comments
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We had just finished some sun salutations next to the Rio Grande where we were living. Where wild animals were our neighbors and we had to hike to see another human. Nymeria was covered in sunshine. Lying half on her dog bed, half in the dirt, panting through the largest smile as her tongue laid […]

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Your Parents Were Right! Build a Van and Be Whatever You Want

By John & Jayme / Mar 27, 2017 / 1 Comment
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Turning a van into a home is an adventure. It forces you to learn new skills and deal with setbacks and screwups. But first and foremost it teaches you to be patient, to work hard, and to persevere in the face of obstacles. And with those skills, you can do anything. As we get ready […]

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Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: First Ride in the Big New Driveway Dog

By Nymeria / Feb 20, 2017 / 0 Comments
Wander pupdate by nymeria first ride in the van

Hello all! It’s me, Nymeria here, and BOY do we have a lot to chat about! First off, I’ve been stuck eating rice with my breakfast and dinner because Crow ate out of the trashcan and has been throwing up. She’s fine now so hopefully I can stop eating those nasty white pellets but jeez, way […]

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When Positive Life Changes Bring Unexpected Obstacles

By Jayme / Jan 22, 2017 / 4 Comments
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Happy Monday everyone! Jayme here riding solo today, but John says hello and sends you all virtual hugs! I’m doing a bit of a reflective post today. I’ve had a lot of thought bubbles on my brain-parts that I bet some of you could relate to. It’s a combo of celebratory dance parties and scary, […]

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Focus on Today: Achieving Big Goals by Taking Small Actions

By John / Dec 5, 2016 / 0 Comments
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When you’re working towards a big goal, whether it’s building a van, learning an instrument, losing weight, training for a marathon, writing a novel, or [insert your goal here], it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about all the things that need to happen for you to achieve your goal. Focusing on the endgame alone has […]

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Wander Pupdates by Nymeria: What in the World is Going On?

By Nymeria / Nov 21, 2016 / 2 Comments
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Hello there everybody! It’s about TIME my parents gave me the opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Nymeria and according to them, I am the cutest pup in the entire WORLD! It’s a pretty heavy title to hold, but I do my best to throw around puppy dog eyes and sneak attack kissies whenever […]

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Being Like Water: Reflections on Fear, Obstacles and Life

By Jayme / Nov 7, 2016 / 4 Comments
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To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. -Alan Watts This past week we took a brief hiatus from our van build to journey out to Burlington, Vermont to […]

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