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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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How to Spend 2 Days in Arches National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Arches National Park

Arches National Park may just be the most iconic place in Utah. Delicate Arch particularly gets a lot of limelight and is even featured on the state’s license plates. It’s just one of the astounding formations in this surreal park that has the highest concentration of arches in the world. I’ve seen a bunch of 1-day itineraries for Arches. While it’s a small park compared to some of the giants like Glacier or Yellowstone we think that you need at…

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A Windy Finale – Wind Cave National Park

A Windy Finale – Wind Cave National Park

After our sandy and snowy time in Colorado we made our way to the last stop on this leg of the journey—South Dakota. While the comforts of family, friends, and (let’s be honest) showering regularly are inviting, we’re sad to end this travel session. We plan to go out with a bang though and have many grand plans for South Dakota. There’s not one, but two caves close in proximity to one-another—Wind Cave and Jewel Cave. If you haven’t noticed,…

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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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Top Vanlife Gear Gift List

Top Vanlife Gear Gift List

9 Awesome Things for Living in a Van Down by the River (or really anywhere outside) Last week we shared our favorite outdoor gear. This week we’re focusing more specifically on vanlife gear. You don’t need to live in a van down by the river to appreciate these items though. Many of them are perfect for any outdoor adventure. This isn’t an exhaustive list of vanlife gear essentials. Instead, it’s a list of our most used and valued items. We’ve…

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Top Outdoor Gear Gift List

Top Outdoor Gear Gift List

9 of Our Favorite Things for Outdoor Adventure I know. I know. A list of stuff is pretty contrary to all our talk about minimalism and letting go of things. However, even a minimalist needs some things and we’re big proponents of thoughtful purchasing. We research the crap out of outdoor gear before buying and expect it to last. See #3 below for an example…and see us totally date ourselves. We use outdoor products on a daily basis and have…

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A Story of Sand and Snow – Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountains

A Story of Sand and Snow – Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountains

Sand and snow are the themes of our next two National Parks. No, I’m not talking about children born out-of-wedlock in Westeros. After spending a warm long weekend in Cortez, CO and Mesa Verde, the next stop on our eastern journey was Great Sand Dunes National Park. Wolf Creek Pass The Great Sand Dunes are located in southern Colorado about smack-dab in the middle of the state. To reach them, we must cross the Great Divide. We get a tad…

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