We have been biking since we were little but we’ve never considered ourselves cyclists and never thought we would be cycling in Thailand. Mel has biking in her blood as her dad, Duke, bikes every Friday and Sunday and has participated in many bike races during his life so far. When we arrived at Baan Dada we found out […]Read more "Thailand Bikathon"
When we revisit places where we volunteer we love the feeling of connectivity it provides us, familiar faces, knowing the general ropes and being surrounded by like-minded individuals. What we also enjoy is being able to learn even more about the company and sometimes we get to try different tasks than the first time. In […]Read more "Redeeming Soles II"
Of the many lessons learned on the road, the one we’ve embraced the most is the free spirit lifestyle that comes from living in our van. Meeting different people and taking unexpected routes has led us to some amazing and unplanned adventures. We started the new year home in NJ with friends and family. Shortly […]Read more "Cheers to Two Years! "
A few weeks ago, we were approached by “She-Explores”, as many of you remember we were featured on their website http://www.she-explores.com a year ago. The founder of Uproute, a new travel community platform, saw our profile on “She-Explores”and felt a connection because he takes Sriracha on every road trip too! They thought we would be a perfect […]Read more "Uproute Blog Feature"
When we heard back from The Happy Factory we had just began a new leg of the trip. We had just left Denver and were like kids on Christmas Day! We were so excited to be making toys like little elves and delivering them along our route to those in need of some cheer. We still had so […]Read more "The Happy Factory"
How do you afford this lifestyle? Are you trust fund babies? These are the two most common and sometimes first questions we get on the road. The truth of the matter is, we worked hard and continue to work hard in order to live this lifestyle. Prior to leaving for this adventure of a lifetime […]Read more "How We Live a Vandwelling Lifestyle"
Davenport, Iowa, a city where we had no idea what to expect as we were driving for a day through fields of farmland. All we knew was from our 8th grade musical Mel and I were the “dancers” in. The Music Man sings about “Davenport, Mason City, Keokuk, Ames, and Clear Lake…. Ought to give Iowa […]Read more "Davenport, Iowa and the River Bend Food Bank"
We have been greeted with nothing less than open arms upon arriving in Utah. The landscape here is a reward upon every turn along the road. Snowcapped mountains and warm people surround Salt Lake City. We are so excited to give back to this beautiful place. We arrived at the Youth Resource Center with […]Read more "Youth Resource Center and Salt Lake City"
Jazz Festival is the reason we started making the trip to the soulful city of New Orleans. This has become a yearly tradition, a second home if you will, filled with family and friends, good music and food. As of 2015, our trips to New Orleans are not complete for us without a stop at […]Read more "Jazz Festival and Volunteers of America’s Fresh Food Factor"
The Villalobos Rescue Center is the largest pit bull rescue center in the USA. It is now located in New Orleans, LA, just on the outskirts of our new neighborhood, the Bywater. The rescue center is better known for their TV show on Animal Planet, “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” which follows the work of a […]Read more "Bywater, LA"