Loaded with information that will save you countless hours of googling, research, dead ends, frustration and stress, this guide will give you the knowledge you need to become a successful modern nomad. Unlike other guides that send you to various websites and articles, I’ve done as much of the leg work as possible and compiled it all in one spot. Not only have I lived nomadically since 2017, gaining tons of personal experience, I’ve also sifted through loads of information collected from talking to other nomads and online research. All of this work, I believe, has resulted in the creme de la creme of “vanlife” guides.
What you won’t find in this guide is a one size fits all answer wrapped up in a neat little bow. Vanlife is still real life, and life just ain’t that simple! In fact, living nomadically is much more complicated. This lifestyle change will take some trial and error and a lot of hard work on your end. If you don’t go into this with the willingness to grow and adapt, most likely you won’t succeed. Having the information in this guide will give you a huge leg up, but you will still need to make difficult decisions and do the emotional work that only you can do. Also, you won’t find any tips about traveling with kids in this guide. Unless you count pets as kids (I do!). I have a whole section about that!
If you are someone that wants a major life change but also wants to drastically reduce the ‘living on the road’ learning curve, this guide is for you!
This comprehensive guide includes 5 sections:
Choosing Your Rig: Learn the common types of rigs you can live in and figure out which one is the best fit for you in regard to size, travel preferences, insurance and repairs.
Preparing to Live With Less: Advice and helpful tips to help ease the transition from a sticks and bricks house to a tiny home on wheels.
The Basics: The meat of the whole guide! This section covers most FAQ’s, including: obtaining a legal domicile, how to receive mail, health insurance options, how to find parking, and everyday necessities like bathrooms, water, internet, etc.
Money: How you make money on the road might be the number one question people have. There are so many ways to answer this question that it needed a section of its own. You will get a ton of resources and ideas on how to make the financial piece of this puzzle work. Additionally, I share my personal finances in hopes it will help you better understand what it may cost to sustain life on the road.
Traveling With Pets: If you have a pet and want to live on the road, not to worry! It’s possible. This section gives you information on how to prepare your pet for becoming a nomad right along with you.
*This guide was written based on information for travel within the U.S. While you may still find valid and helpful information for travel outside the U.S., this guide will be most useful for nomadic life in the states.