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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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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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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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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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Cities of the Ancients – Hovenweep and Mesa Verde

Cities of the Ancients – Hovenweep and Mesa Verde

The main attraction in Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks are natural rock formations. After visiting Canyonlands and Natural Bridges it was time to start exploring some human created formations. We headed to Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. These sites (along with many others in the four corners region) contain the ruins of ancient civilizations. Specifically, Ancestral Puebloan communities that built large elaborate villages near canyons and cliffs. Hovenweep National Monument Hovenweep includes six different villages spanning the…

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