Travel

I Should’ve Started This Thing 9 Months Ago

So I actually should have started this whole blog thing 9 months ago when my boyfriend, little dog and I took off on our year+ van adventure.

 

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|Photography by Henry O. Head |

Over a year ago we purchased a 2013 Mercedes sprinter van with 20K miles on it and had an architecture firm build it out.You’d think 80 square feet would be easy but it ended up taking about 5 months and 5 dudes to get it built out. Our plan was to leave July 1st regardless if it was ready or not, and on the evening of June 30th we picked up our home, not even knowing if we’d fit in the bed properly. Luckily everything worked out and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our new home.
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|Photography by Henry O. Head |

First I’ll start by answering the questions we get most often while being on the road:

HOW DO YOU + YOUR PARTNER GET ALONG LIVING IN SUCH TIGHT QUARTERS?

First off, we aren’t in the van 24-7, another thing is that our life isn’t exactly normal, we’re constantly seeing new places and experiencing new adventures, our life is pretty exciting. We don’t have the typical 8-5 jobs, stressed with bills and things that everyday life has to offer. Of course, we hit a few bumps in the road with getting lost or someone driving crazy but we’ve changed our perspectives on life, we live simply which is our secret to happiness. Another thing that makes a difference is that I chose a really great partner. 🙂

 

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| Photography by Sam J. Matthews |

HOW DO YOU AFFORD TO LIVE ON THE ROAD?

Luckily, I found someone who is way better than I am on saving money. Mo started an outdoor clothing company called Fayettechill in 2009. FC has grown big enough that his employees are able to hold down the homefront while Mo is able to work on the road. I just tell people I’m retired 🙂 now I guess I can change that to “travel blogger”.

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WHAT WOULD WE CHANGE ABOUT THE BUILD OUT ON OUR VAN?

Nothing! We had Modus Studios do our build out and they literally thought of everything!

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THE #1 QUESTION WE GET, HOW DO YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM WITHOUT A TOILET?

Yes, you read that correctly, we don’t have a toilet. At the beginning, we had one but never used it, living in the van is very tight quarters and we’ve realized we’re either in the middle of nowhere or near a public restroom.

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If you’ve made it this far, I appreciate it! My goal is to share our travels, lifestyle, and journey with you and I look forward to the start of this new adventure 🙂

Happy Trails + Cheers,

XX, G

 

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  • Chloé Arnold (@ChloeBArnold) April 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Ahhh! Yay!! Cannot wait to start following your adventures!!!
    http://beyondblessedblog.com/

    • Gracie Edwards April 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Chloe! If it wasnt for you this wouldnt be happening 😉

  • Kevin McCarley April 22, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Cool Blog….excellent pics!

  • Victoria Tadlock April 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    SO proud of you!!! I can’t wait to read more 🤗❤️