Hi, I’m Lisa
I’m a tall, blonde superhero and I live in a van and on a sailboat with my superhero husband, Brian. I do it all. I rappel big waterfalls, scuba dive with sharks, dodge encounters with bears and wolves, and work remotely as a full time computer programmer.
How My Blog Can Help YouAre you interested in living a nomadic and adventurous lifestyle? Are you wondering:
“Should I pursue my dream? It’s so obscure, no one else will understand. I would have to give up nearly everything I own to obtain it, but I want it so badly. Should I do it?”
I answered yes to that question a few years ago. And this blog is the result.
I want to share my story in the hope that it stirs your passion and helps you pursue your own dreams, because, hey, I’m guessing your dreams are just as attainable as mine.
Why I Moved Into a VanMy time outdoors, whether adventurous or not, made me feel ecstatic and alive. Working all the time to keep up with bills made me feel trapped. I couldn’t see an end to the rat race I was caught up in, so I changed my life completely. I bought a big, creepy van, named it “Vanifest” and moved into it. It was the best decision I ever made and I feel fortunate to enjoy a remote, adventurous lifestyle while maintaining a professional job.
What I’ve Been DoingFor three years I lived in my van as a single lady. It was a fanciful, wonderful time in my life but it had its challenges. I had little romantic success (and some huge failures) during that time and eventually resigned myself to being single and enjoying my fabulous life on my own. I am currently writing a memoir about this tumultuous time in my life.
During summer 2013 I drove my van from Idaho to Alaska solo, spent the whole summer getting into things and then drove back down to Vancouver, BC to go canyoneering.
I was loving van life, fresh from a summer of independent adventures and the unthinkable happened. I met someone who was living almost exactly the way I was, we fell in love and soon got married. Now we live in our Sprinter van in the US each summer and on our beautiful boat in Mexico each winter.
Do dreams come true or what?
My BackgroundI haven’t always lived this way. I grew up in a big house in Boise, Idaho, USA. Then I bought a three bedroom house in Boise and filled it with furniture. Then a 5 bedroom duplex, also in Boise, where I lived in one side and managed the other side. I know the feeling of being buried in material stuff.
Since the age of 16 I always had a job, except for three months. Even during college I worked part time. Sometimes I worked too much, up to 80 hours per week. I was still in my 20s but was already feeling old. Yikes.
Then I started canyoneering. I met vagabonds who lived in vehicles. They had what I wanted and needed. They had time to enjoy their lives. They wallowed in weeks off instead of days off. They were not confined by vacation policies. I didn’t even know anyone did that! People do that? Could I do that?
It took years, but it was worth it.