The appeal of van living is at the heart of the Vanabode lifestyle. Cheap travel, adventure, beautiful new places, and a stress free life are all benefits of living in a van.
The Vanabode life holds a wealth of surprises and ursurpased experiences when it comes to visiting new places and meeting new people.
Have you ever wanted to have the freedom to just point your vehicle is a new direction...and head out to find what is out there?
Are you fed up with living a cramped existence, and feel like you are a slave to your mortgage payment...and a boat load of monthly bills?
When you do get time off from work for a vacation, do you feel like a lot of it is spent in airports, hotel lobbies, and rushing from one destination to another?
The Vanabode lifestyle was pretty much brought to mainstream attention when Jason Odom created a downloadable eBook ...Vanabode - Traveling and Living Forever On $20 A Day.
It became an underground runaway best-seller simply by word-of-mouth.
My best friend from college, Sherm Davey, actually sold his home and belongings, and has spent the past three years traveling all across America.
"Van living has been the best thing that ever happened to me," said Sherm.
"I find someplace beautiful and I can stay for weeks. I sleep in a perfect bed, I get a shower everyday, I eat delicious and incredibly healthy food, my fitness level has increased, I am out of debt...and I go at whatever pace I set."
"A lot of the places I go, especially National Parks in the high elevations, are only open for several months out of year. I'm able to go when I want to...when I can experience the beauty and richness of Nature...not when my boss tells me I can go."
"Vanabode living, is all about being in touch with freedom each and every day. You have the freedom to make choices based on fun and adventure, not time constraints. You have freedom from debt, and you have the freedom to choose if you want to work as you go."
"Listen," Sherm said,"I've seen more beautiful places than a romantic poet could ever dream about. I have seen whales, seals, bull elk fights, eagles feeding their babies, remote corners of our Nation Parks and National Forests system, top level art galleries, and the best museums in each state I visit."
Checkout some of the beautiful van conversions that people live in on the road.
When you are tied to home and job, airport delays take away your freedom, increase your stress, and bring life to a standstill.
Vanabode travel gives choices, adventure, and freedom.
Sherm said, "One summer, I was out on the Oregon Coast, and for some reason, I got the urge to see Cimarron, New Mexico. It had been a place I heard about on old TV westerns, or read about in cowboy paperbacks.
It was a 1600-mile drive, but big deal. I save over $2500/month in home expenses, plus I have a little Internet business that nets me another grand, so I could easily afford a whim, like this.
Before I started van living, each day on the road would cost me over $175 dollars for gas, motel, and food. Now, I can do it for a fourth (1/4) of that. Unbelievable."
Making reservations at a nice hotel and asking for a room with a view can set you back as much as $120 bucks a night...if not more.
Says Sherm, "I like to take a break from sleeping in my van every few weeks. The coolest thing I do is rent an AirBnB place. It costs about half (1/2) to stay in an entire condo or casita for a couple of weeks."
How much richer is the experience when you can greet the morning in a beautiful setting like Grand Teton National Park, just by climbing out of bed in your van?
Hotels and resorts go to great lengths to help you be in touch with Nature. It is a pricey experience, at best.
Compare that to a quiet morning at a secluded picnic table overlooking a calm bay. And the price is right...
The breakfast selection at a nice hotel is guaranteed to make you feel lethargic and fat.
Van living allows you to start your day with natural foods that build lean muscle.
The exercise class at a resort leaves a lot to be desired.
The Vanabode lifestyle allows you the freedom to become as healthy, lean, and muscular as you wish. Nothing beats working out in the beautiful outdoors.
A hike out in the "wilds" near the resort is often a scheduled activity to help guests get in touch with Nature.
Vanabode camping puts you right in the middle historical experiences, like this ghost town near Bodie, CA.
The dinner buffet at a nice hotel is full of high-carb foods that may taste delicious, but their only function is to increase fat storage on your waist, and increase your chances of contracting Type II diabetes..
The Vanabode life gives you the opportunity each and every day to choose healthy natural foods and meat. A Paleo-style diet is the best way to burn belly fat and become more lean.
Getting together every night for drinks and more fried food at the hotel bar sabotages your health and your functioning for the next day.
The Vanabode life allows you to end the day with reflection, thankfulness, and very low stress.
"The peacefulness you find with van living cannot be equaled at any resort," says Sherm.