...well, a brief overview anyway...
While it wasn't the first international trip either of us had taken, it was the first one we had taken together. It was also the first time we had worked remotely internationally and it launched a dream of combining traveling + working. This was years before we had ever heard the term "digital nomad," but that's exactly what we were and what we wanted to chase after. Thailand will always hold a special place in our hearts partially for the people we met and experiences we had while there, but also in part for the dream it set in motion.
The idea was simple: live more efficiently, travel more easily, and save money on rent and utilities. It turns out that van life isn't always as glamorous as it seems. In fact, it can be pretty challenging at times. But it's also incredibly rewarding and we loved [almost] every moment on the road. We learned how to live with less, how to be flexible and adaptable, and how to find humor in every situation. If you're thinking about making the switch to van life, we say go for it! Just be prepared for some bumps (and a few bruises) along the way.
We never expected our first video to blow up the way it did. When we sat down to film our van tour, we had no idea that 5.4 million people would tune in to watch. But the Internet is a funny place, and sometimes a simple video can strike a chord with viewers around the world. It was all a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but having an outlet like Youtube to share our creative projects has been such a joy!
It was a tough choice, but with travel restrictions still in place and no end in sight, we decided to make use of our time and convert a second van. We had learned a lot from our first van, and were determined to make our second one even better.
Selling our first van allowed us to pay off the last of our college debt and save for a down payment on our first home. We knew we weren't ready to come off the road, but it was time to make an investment in our future and setup a home base as a resting and launching point for traveling.
After months of anticipation, we finally hit the road in our newly converted van. We'd spent countless hours planning, dreaming, and sweating, and it was finally time to reap the benefits of a lot of hard work!
In February we set off for a month in Mexico and a month in Brazil. We even took our dog, Kramer, international with us and the three of us had the time of our lives exploring more of this incredible planet. More international trips are in the future for later this year, so stay tuned...