Vanlife in the Land of Ice and Fire

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Vanlife in the Land of Ice and Fire

Alright, before you ask, the answer is no. No, we are not crazy. We planned a trip to Iceland in the winter but to be real with you, its really not that bad. If you've experienced winter anywhere before, you'll be just fine. The name can be a little daunting (ICEland) when planning to head there in the winter months (or at all) but don't let that deter you. Iceland is a varied and beautiful country. But also to be real, it was winter, so yes it was still cold of course.

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All About Our Dog, Lotus

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All About Our Dog, Lotus

Part of our small, traveling family is a wee little doggy named Lotus. She is a super loyal pup and follows me (Jace) around EVERYWHERE I go. She even follows me into the bathroom when I take a shower or sit on the john. She wants to be in sight of me at all times. We get a lot of questions about Lotus, so I figured this was a good time to clear some things up:

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5 Tips to Staying Warm in a Van During Winter

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5 Tips to Staying Warm in a Van During Winter

Many people are drawn to “vanlife” because of the freedom of mobility it offers. If its too hot, you move to a new location. If its too cold, start driving. It is honestly how we decide where we are headed next. My Dad jokes that we “don’t travel by compass or gps, we travel by thermometer.” - He’s right.

But even if you're the same as us (or maybe you’re just a winter lover) there will certainly be times where you find yourself in some freezing temperatures. Here is what helps us to stay warm during those times:

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Sunrise on Top of a Volcano

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Sunrise on Top of a Volcano

We don’t usually get up very early. When I say early, I mean we almost never catch a sunrise. Neither Giddi or I are morning people and maybe we’ve just always had a mattress thats too comfortable or something because most mornings we have to peel our sleepy bodies off of it...

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How to Fly Around the World for Cheap

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How to Fly Around the World for Cheap

Want to see the world? Want to experience new foods, cultures, places? Ya, most of us do, but we also have bills to pay and have to be grown ups. Luckily, theres LOTS of tips and tricks for cheap/free flights all over the internet, but today were going to tell you the TWO things we do...

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Jodie O'Shea Orphanage

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Jodie O'Shea Orphanage

When we were first planning our trip to Bali, we knew we wanted to do some sort of volunteer work while over there. I once heard someone call it “voluntourism” - going to a place and having a mix of vacation style days and humanitarian/volunteer days. Its an interesting name, but I guess you could say its an accurate description of what we were shooting for while in Indonesia. 

Since having a child of our own, kids mean something more...

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But Where Do You Use the Bathroom?

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But Where Do You Use the Bathroom?

Ah, the one question everyone is most curious about... "but where do you poop?!?!" This isn't a very difficult question to answer, and you probably know most of the answer already, but... Buckle up, friends. We're about to tell it all. Ok, gross, not ALL. But we are going to answer this question as best we can. This isn't the most engaging post we've made but its probably the most important.

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Adding Juniper's Seat to the Van

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Adding Juniper's Seat to the Van

Ok, it has taken us a bit of time to get around to answering this question. Lately, as in the last 4 months, this has been the number one question we've been asked. So instead of continuing to answer it a few times a day, we've decided to make a short post all about it. So lets get to it...

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6 Ways to Shower When You Live in a Van

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6 Ways to Shower When You Live in a Van

Who doesn't like the feeling of going to sleep with clean sheets and clean body?? Despite contrary belief, there are so many ways to get clean when living in a van. You really don’t have to get that creative either because showers literally exist all over the place. We've compiled a short list of ways to get clean while traveling around...

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How We Make Money

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How We Make Money

A life of full-time travel tends to be viewed as a privileged lifestyle, something unattainable to the average person. While this may hold true in some instances, it certainly does not have to be that way for everyone. We are not "rich" or...

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Exploring Our Home State

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Exploring Our Home State

Well, its been a long time since we have put anything up on the blog, and a lot has happened since our last update. We continued traveling around the Southwest after returning from Alaska/Canada and had a blast meeting up...

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New Homeowners - How we got our van

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New Homeowners - How we got our van

We had been looking for a van to build out for a long time. It was an idea we had both talked about for years and really wanted to make it happen. Constant craigslist searches, including Searchtempest (which searches EVERY craigslist), proved to be unsuccessful. We knew we wanted a Sprinter van (Mercedes, Dodge, Freightliner...

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