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How to Create your Mobile Workspace

How to Create your Mobile Workspace

The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 5 You’re living the digital nomad dream. You’ve secured a few gigs and your first deadline is on the horizon. Its time to grab your computer, find yourself a picturesque forest, mountain, or seaside view, and queue up “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Wait, are those rain clouds? Where’s the bug spray? WTF, did that raccoon just try to pee on me? That’s right, while the digital nomad lifestyle sounds great (and looks great on Instagram)…

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Winter in Wisconsin

Winter in Wisconsin

We’re so excited to be back on the road again in Stan the Tan Van. We’ve missed his rumbles and creaks—here’s hoping that three times a charm with radiators. Currently we’re en route to the sunshine state for some vitamin D replenishment. You may have noticed that we’ve been stationary for a while, spending the last few months in Wisconsin. Before you think we’ve gone completely mad by choosing to winter in Wisconsin, the truth is we didn’t plan to…

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Off-Season on Orcas Island

Off-Season on Orcas Island

This week’s post is a throwback. It’s not Thursday so let’s say it’s a Memory Monday post. That’s a thing, right? Orcas Island is part of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. Visiting this region was on our PNW bucket list for years. We finally got around to it shortly before leaving on our long-term travels. We spent Christmas on Orcas Island last year and it was exactly the relaxation we needed after the busy holidays….

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7 Reasons to Visit Moab, Utah

7 Reasons to Visit Moab, Utah

Of all the places we visited last year, Moab, Utah was by far one of our favorite. Yes, even with Utah’s watered-down grocery store beer, we still loved it here. We spent more time in Moab than anywhere else—10 full days—and could’ve easily stayed a month or more. The most striking thing about the area is the land, but the city also offers tons of activities and a laid-back creative atmosphere. Imagine a colorful busy little city set in a…

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5 Technology Needs for Digital Nomads

5 Technology Needs for Digital Nomads

The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 4 Congratulations! You’re going to do what you’ve been dreaming about for years – traveling the world and taking your career with you. Say goodbye to florescent lighting, office politics, and smelly lunches in the microwave (oh, wait that last one was my bad). Also, say goodbye to your company computer, software, and internet (not to mention donuts). That’s right! It’s now on you to get online and work from your own equipment (and supply…

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How to Create a Budget and Travel the World

How to Create a Budget and Travel the World

With the end of one year and the beginning of another we think about where we are, where we want to be, and most importantly what we want to do. How will we spend our time this next year? What will we accomplish? Since the new year stimulates reflection and planning we thought it was time to share the back-story of how we came to live this simple roaming existence in Stan the Tan Van. When I sat down to write…

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2018 Travel Plans and Goals

2018 Travel Plans and Goals

2017 was probably the biggest year of change and travel plans in our lives yet. We got rid of almost everything we owned, moved into a van, and started road tripping around the US. We created this blog and a few of you lovelies actually read it. Tom started working remotely as an eLearning Developer. We met new people, tried new things, and learned so much. Here’s our year by the numbers. 18,545 miles driven 21 national parks explored 29…

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The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 3

The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 3

Finding Your Career You want to travel long-term. Be free from daily commutes and office lighting. Watch sunsets by the ocean, count the stars in the Milky Way, and sleep by mountain streams. But you don’t want to starve. You don’t want a vehicle break down or medical emergency to end all your travel plans. And, admit it, you still want an iPhone with unlimited data. That means you need to find a career conducive to travel. You need the…

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The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 2

The Work Vanlife Balance, Volume 2

Disconnecting from Things Being a digital nomad has its benefits. Not having to participate in the 9 to 5 grind. Removing yourself from office politics. New experiences while traveling the country or world. However, there are some considerations. The first installment of the Work Vanlife Balance covered 5 Things to Consider if you want to be a Digital Nomad. While taking your career on the road may be an exciting prospect, you must consider you’ll be taking very little else!…

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Canyonlands and Natural Bridges – Exploring the Land of Rock

Canyonlands and Natural Bridges – Exploring the Land of Rock

We made it to our last Utah National Park—Canyonlands. It’s Utah’s largest park and has some of the most challenging and remote terrain in the nation. Canyonlands is part of the Colorado Plateau—a large region known for canyons, buttes, mesas, and other dramatic rock formations that have been carved by water and erosion over millions of years. The park is divided into three sections by the Green and Colorado Rivers: Island in the Sky The Needles The Maze Canyonlands gets…

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