If you’ve been following along up until now, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I think van life is the bee’s knees.
But how do you actually do it? How do you get yourself on Craigslist to their “used van” section and get yourself to drop that money on a van? It’s simple, I’m going to give you three reasons.
#1 Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park might be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Did you know that if we keep up with our current destruction of the planet, it will totally DISAPPEAR by 2030?!?
Luckily, we had the opportunity to go check it out two years ago and I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful it is. We ended up staying at the Two Medicine Campground since there isn’t really any free parking in the area, but we didn’t mind paying at all.
There was another group of campers there who said that the weather had been in the 80’s and clear for them all week. By the time we arrived, it was a balmy 43 degrees and cloudy. Fortunately, it didn’t interfere with the views too much and we were able to explore in between rain storms.
In addition to going on some ass kicking hikes into the clouds, we saw real-life grizzly bears.
There are few things on this earth that rival the feeling in your stomach when you realize that a grizzly bear is just on the other side of the trees and you have NOTHING TO SHIELD YOU FROM IT.
Sure, it’s not as fun as trudging to work every day. Sitting in an hour of traffic while silently hating everyone else around you. And I’m sure it has nothing on working for an unappreciative boss who belittles you every chance he gets.
But what do I know?
#2 The Johnny Cash Museum
I don’t mean to freak you out or anything, but there is a place where Johnny Cash is alive and well. It’s called The Johnny Cash Museum, and it’s located in Nashville, TN.
This place is an amazing treasure trove of albums, artwork, poetry, guitars, and videos. I think we spent five hours here just wandering around. It gets super crowded during the day, so make sure you arrive early.
If you can afford to take time off of work, that is.
You see if you don’t have a van, and you’re responsible for paying rent somewhere, taking time off of work can be difficult. Luckily for us, we just drove our entire home straight to Nashville. We were able to sleep late, enjoy Bloody Marys and explore the rich history of Music City.
**Pro Tip-If you do get time off of work to travel, avoid Biscuit Love. We waited for an hour and a half for some not so great food. It had potential, but when you’re dealing with places as popular as this one, they make everything in huge batches and just plate it up as people come in.
You can tell when your food comes out 3 minutes after ordering and they push you to leave immediately after you set your fork down.
I expected better from you, Trisha Yearwood!
Apparently, if you go to Universal Studios in L.A. you can see a live taping of Extra.
Why is that important?
Well, Mario Lopez is the host. He also has amazing dimples…and a firm little butt…
But besides that, they give you stuff for standing there! They know that they need people in the audience, but no one wants to stand there and watch A.C. Slater when they’ve just paid $90 bucks for a theme park ticket.
So they reward you with prizes!
I got a brand new Nintendo 3DS and a game all for standing there quietly and staring at Mario Lopez’s butt. Honestly, I would have been on board for watching a lot more Saved By The Bell if they gave out prizes like that.
To top it all off, we also ended up getting free tickets to see a Conan O’Brien taping.
Not going to lie, it was a pretty amazing trip. Sure, it cost a pretty penny to go see those places and do those things, but because we don’t have a rent payment, we can afford it.
There is a whole world out there filled with fun and adventure. If you’re stuck behind a desk working 50 hours a week and sinking all of your money into a house and car, then you might just miss out. Sure, our lives aren’t as glamorous as yours with your big screen T.V., and King sized bed, but I think the van life suits us just fine.
For minimal discomfort, we can have a life that most people dream about, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
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