*Stranger Story Time*
So far in my life experience, strangers and the threat of danger have been diametrically opposed to one another. To support this theory and to bring a little more realness to the nomadic van life movement, I have been inspired to share instances that have happened for me recently. After this one I will spare you anymore busted up knuckle pics tho...although there are plenty of those. And I will not be editing this, so if you want story time tonight you will just have to deal with it :)
I would venture to suggest that the people and circumstances we attract are of like vibration, so perhaps this is more of a personal testament to what having an unwavering trust in the Universe and committing to the embodiment grace regardless of whatever BS comes your way can do for a not-so-wonderful situation.
I have been repeatedly encouraged to share of my run-ins (because my life is nothing but new faces and different places most days) to soften the perception that this world is a scary place. So...if my otherwise purposefully private lifestyle can serve a greater good, I will gladly be open to being vulnerable.
Soooo, without further ado...
Because of the fact that I’m still working on timing out long solo drives and securing reservations, I happened to roll into a heavily wooded state park close to sundown to find only one open spot. As I rarely feel anxiety lately (the absence of which has begun to make me question if I should be worried about not being worried), I calmly concocted a solid game plan whereby I would unhitch the Jeep near the only streetlight on the campground before proceeding to make an attempt at reversing the RV between the trees in the dark. *cont’d ⬇️*
Las Leñas -
Aproximadamente a 70 km de la ciudad de Malargüe y siguiendo el camino a Valle Hermoso se encuentra la localidad de Las Leñas, un centro de Ski y deportes de invierno muy conocido. Sin embargo, fuera de temporada es aparentemente un pueblo fantasma rodeado de paisajes muy hermosos! Nosotros tuvimos temperaturas muy bajas, de alrededor de -2 grados centígrados durante el día, por lo que decidimos no pasar la noche allí sino en el valle de Los Molles , a unos 15 km de allí. Pero ya eso es otra historia!
Aprox 70 km away from the city of Malargüe lies te city of Las Leñas, a small ski town on the road to Valle Hermoso. However, off-season everything is pretty much closed and the place looks like a ghost town surrounded by beautiful landscapes :). We had very low temperatures (as low as -2 degrees) and decided not to spend the night there but in th Los Molles valley, approx 15 km down the road. But that’s a whole different story :)!
My biggest vanlife expectation violation: I thought working out and staying in shape was going to be much easier than it has been 😬.
When we lived in an apartment, we went to the gym 4-5 times a week. We were lucky our gym was only 6 minutes away which made going to the gym easier (I think everyone struggles to get to the gym sometimes). I really liked starting my workdays, even my Saturdays and Sundays, off at the gym.
I had imagined we’d be so active in the van we wouldn’t even miss going to the gym... well I’m here to say that hasn’t proven true. Yes, we hike a lot but it hasn’t been the same as getting in a good workout.
Working out while living in the van hasn’t been easy, first and foremost because we don’t have a shower (we’re working on it and looking for recs!). Without a shower, getting a good workout in really isn’t an option because we like working up a good sweat and then would definitely need to rinse off!
On shower days, we usually go for a run or do a harder hike but that’s honestly only 1x a week (yes, you read that right. We shower about once a week. Paid showers can add up money-wise and water is very valuable in vanlife).
Like all things in life, we’ll figure it out as we go. We’ll have a shower setup eventually, and then hopefully we can get more workouts in. But for now it’s mostly yoga and hiking.
What everyday things do you imagine would be way easier when doing vanlife?? Or did imagine, if you live in a van now? Because there are certainly lots of things that are easier and I’d love to hear your thoughts! ☺️🤓
🇨🇦 The gorgeous Dream Lake, it’s the second Lake you’ll see on the Bear Lake trail. It’s BEAUTIFUL! We’ve spent a long time taking a lot of pictures and enjoying the view.
🇧🇷 O segundo lago da trilha do Bear Lake é o Dream Lake. MARAVILHOSO!! Ficamos um tempão ali tirando fotos e curtindo a vista.
📍 Rocky Mountains National Park
🌎 Colorado | US
After spending the past two months with family, we are officially on the road! Our first stop is Tennessee. It feels like we’ve been waiting for fall forever and TN is starting to show off those beautiful fall colors. We’ll be here a bit as we wait for peak season!
Apologies in advance for the obnoxious amount of fall pics over the next few weeks!
Getting back to my roots as to why I started this page and keeping it real....
I’m wanting to get back to educating new people wanting or thinking about living this lifestyle. Sharing build ideas of others, now more of my own experiences now since it’s been over a year and helping new profiles grow. And of course people I have been following since the beginning that are large accounts that I have also helped grow over time. Those people are real, and still follow me. It’s a mutual respect.
So I’ll be sharing more of that stuff and my own positive and negative experiences coming up soon and more frequently. The learning curve of this life I’ve grown to love and not going back anytime soon. .
“Live life how you want it. “
199155 hours ago
I have promised for ages to share more pics of my van. When I started my Instagram account yeeeaaaars ago, I spent many happy months living on the road.
At the time I ran an interiors business and structured it to be able to work from anywhere - I tested that to extremes!
I’ve been doing lots of newspaper interviews this month, and this evenings interview for the Daily Mail was a little bit different - all about VanLife! I couldn’t help but reminisce and dream whilst talking to the journalist 💭💫 ... then she asked for pictures!
It’s funny isn’t it, the memories that come back when scrolling down your camera roll 🎞 Croatia, Spain, France, Albania, Greece ... the list goes on. Life on the road felt free, peaceful and exciting! I miss it.
This is the inside of my van. I love my cushion (thank you Sarah 😘) My paddleboard comes everywhere with me on the road. Scroll again ... that’s my dad with his van ‘chummy boo boo’ back in the sixties! Then the snow covering the roof in Sierra Nevada & finally my washing beside the river in Croatia.
If you’ve ever thought about buying or renting a van and going out on the road ... DO IT! It’s so freeing and life changing. I miss the people I met, the sunrise, the ocean, the kite surfers at Tarifa. Perhaps it’s time to explore again 😌 Do you fancy life on the road? Or do you need extra luxury? 🚐 🌍
Это очень важно - иногда побыть наедине с собой. Бывает какие-то ограниченные люди начинают ныть: мне одиноко, мне нужно общение.
Если я остаюсь один, то у меня есть интересные мысли, занимательные идеи, чувственные переживания, прогулки на природе, какие-нибудь самоделки, фильмы. В конце концов я могу взять книгу и у меня будет контакт с самыми умными людьми планеты.
МНЕ НЕ БЫВАЕТ ОДИНОКО.
Кайф можно найти и в созидании мира, а не только в его покорении и разрушении.
Feeling all kinds of love for our new wall hanging 🥰 Custom made by @peggy.pom on @etsy for our van - if you're looking for something unique then you should definitely check her out.
Thanks Hannah, we love it!!
#Vanubian#vanlifetips People always ask where/how should I start my journey to tiny living? My reply is always at #thriftstores ! Even before you get a vehicle just start collecting materials. You dont have a huge budget or buy everything brand new from IKEA. You can find tons of great cabinets and storage ideas at #secondhandstores . Check these out. I was really digging the metal locker. And I snatched up the 6 wall cabinets for my next project.
There’s no place like home, and home is where I park. Unlike Dorothy, I don’t have ruby red slippers but I’m never far from my Majestic home!
2116 hours ago
On Sunday we insulated the ceiling using Celotex boards (30mm & 50mm) and recycled bottle insulation. We had some foil bubble wrap left over so used that on the ribs. It’s amazing how much quicker these stages are when you’ve done it all before. I get the feeling progress will soon lose its momentum though.