5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling With A Van in the US

Saving our cash isn’t absolutely necessary while we travel as we maintain some form of work, but we try to regardless, as frugalists planning for a future where we won’t get retirement money from the French government, as we spent too much time outside of the country.

Here are the 5 easiest ways to save our bucks while traveling in a van across the United States (while still having a blast). Since I lost all my photos from San Diego after accidentally dropping my phone in the toilet bowl, this topic will replace my San Diego article of the journey. Continue reading “5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling With A Van in the US”

Los Angeles Digital Nomadic Style

During the time when we arrived in Los Angeles following Highway 1, I was freelancing for a French company. I needed to get work done three days a week with professional phone calls starting at 6 in the morning to match the European time zone. It was very hard, but it was a good deal considering I could still travel and keep making good money at the same time. For a few weeks in December 2017, we camped outside of L.A between Thursday and Monday, and rented Airbnbs in Los Angeles and around from Monday evening to Thursday morning. Continue reading “Los Angeles Digital Nomadic Style”

My Own Public Idaho: The Beauty of America’s BLM Land

When Henri and I crossed the border from Wyoming to Idaho, we started using more and more what’s commonly referred to as BLM Land in order to camp. BLM means Bureau of Land Management and it’s the Federal US institution managing the use of these public lands —lands that are owned by all Americans (as opposed to owned by a single, private landlord or corporation). These beautiful preserved lands, comprising 640 million acres that nobody can privatize (yet) are hands down one of the best things I discovered about America.  Continue reading “My Own Public Idaho: The Beauty of America’s BLM Land”

Climbing a Giant Dune In The Rain – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

We have one “people traveling in a van” problem that does not have a solution: rain. It has been raining SO MUCH since we started our road trip along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. See, our van is actually a car which is a great house when it’s sunny, but miserable if it rains for more than a day. Stuff gets easily wet, it doesn’t ever get dry, we are stuck inside our super small van. Continue reading “Climbing a Giant Dune In The Rain – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan”

“Van life”: How Much Does Overnight Parking Cost?

Long Key State park

If you want to live on the road in the United States and would like to get an idea of budget for parking and camping, hopefully I can help as I did keep track of everything we spent for campgrounds and other overnight parking so far. We have been spending about $25 per night on average over 6 months. Edit : Over two years (2017-2019), this ended up much cheaper after we reached Western US where car camping is virtually free. You can find everything inside the spreadsheet at the bottom of this article. Continue reading ““Van life”: How Much Does Overnight Parking Cost?”