Hi, I’m Lisa with Vacay Vans and welcome to my vanlife blog.
I’m here to help you follow your vanlife dreams!
My Vanlife Story
When I was 10, I missed out on an opportunity to travel to Europe with my best friend because my parents couldn’t afford the trip. I promised myself that once I was an adult, I would travel as much as possible regardless of how much money I had.
In college, I found exchange programs and scholarships and was able to afford to study abroad two semesters and one summer. I went to Australia, Ireland, and Brazil.
Rather than pursue my dreams of being an actor, I did the logical thing and became a lawyer instead. Surprise, surprise: I was miserable.
Taking notes from Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Work Week, I asked the company I worked for if I could be “demoted” to a part-time remote position. Once they agreed, I used the remaining hours testing out different types of projects including renovating and flipping houses. I started a sustainable interior design company in Austin, Texas and fell in love with tiny homes and vintage Airstream trailers.
That’s when I found van life! When I realized I could live comfortably in a tiny home on wheels, I dove right in and within 48 hours I found Freebird on Craigslist. She’s a 2012 Nissan NV2500 former chicken taco catering van.
I started my vanlife journey as one-half of a couple, but once we hit the road, we realized our relationship wasn’t meant to be. Suddenly I found myself alone with Freebird, completely solo. Solo travel was never the plan. But after a few months of marinating in doubt, worry, and fear, I decided to hit the road solo full-time. That was March 2018 and I’ve never looked back.
Since hitting the road, it’s been quite a whirlwind! My story has been shared on Buzzfeed, Refinery29, Uproxx, The Daily Mail, Playboy (not like that, haha), Outdoorsy, and videos, publications, and radio stations all over the world! You can hear about my story on my Women on the Road podcast interview here.
So far I’ve experienced vanlife in the United States, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bali, Indonesia.
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See y’all on the road!