Location Independence with Mike & Jess of VanThere.com

Posted By Trav

What’s it like to roam the country, working and traveling 365 days a year in a van?

In this episode, Mike and Jess of VanThere.com join Trav to discuss the pros and cons of the location independent lifestyle through van life.

Learn how they got started, what they do about money, what day-to-day life is like, how they’ve handled the obstacles (why are they on their second van?), which places they love most, and advice for others who want to try this lifestyle!

You can follow Mike and Jess on Instagram @Van.There.

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In This Episode

  • 4:00 – What does life look like right now?
  • 5:00 – Where did this idea come from?
  • 6:50 – What did Mike and Jess do about their jobs?
  • 9:00 – What did their friends and family say?
  • 13:50 – Is this indefinite or do Mike and Jess have a timeline for this trip?
  • 15:45 – The Accident.
  • 19:00 – Was there a financial savings goal before setting out?
  • 20:10 – How much did it cost to get started?
  • 21:30 – What was it like to build this van?
  • 23:40 – What are the hardest parts of van life?
  • 25:30 – What do you look for in a place to stay?
  • 29:45 – How do Mike and Jess plan their travel?
  • 33:30 – What were their priorities when they built the van?
  • 36:30 – Where does Mike and Jess’s van land on the spectrum of luxury?
  • 39:40 – How fast are they moving around from one place to the next?
  • 42:10 – How do they handle being in such close quarters all the time?
  • 45:25 – Is it difficult to live outside the “normal world”?
  • 49:30 – Do they follow a schedule?
  • 54:00 – Why is this their second van?
  • 59:30 – Insurance.
  • 1:03:20 – Old van vs. new van
  • 1:04:15 – What advice do Mike and Jess have for others wanting to do this?
  • 1:07:50 – What are the most memorable highlights so far?
  • 1:09:05 – Where to next?
  • 1:11:10 – What are some things that allow them to stretch their dollars?
  • 1:12:30 – Where you can find more info and what’s coming up in the pipeline?

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  1. Aileen Roantree says:

    I notice that your Free Campsites tips are all in the USA. I travel in Europe at least six months a year and here we use “Camper Contact” and Camp4Night. Almost every village in France has free “Aires” and there’s lots in Italy, Spain and Portugal

    1. Trav says:

      @Aileen Roantree – Wow, awesome resources. Even though I’ve never camped in Europe, it does seem much more open to free camping sites and free rv places. Thanks so much for passing along the info!

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