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    How to start van life – everything you need to know

    I can’t really remember what it was that first made us want to live the van life. We both love looking at cool camper van conversions and we always stop to point at old school motorhomes as they drive by – I’m a sucker for a pre 1970 VW splitty, and on the very rare occasion we see a Karmenn Gipsy I do lose my s**t! But I’m not sure at what moment we decided we had to do it. In 2015 we spent three months living in the back of a VW Sharan  (which was far more basic than a van!) on our first European road trip, perhaps it…

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    How to spend 48 hours in Dublin

    We love a city break and ever since we discovered the Dubland podcast (which I highly recommend by the way) we’ve wanted to get over to Dublin. So just before Christmas we managed to fit in a couple of days in the city. And it’s only taken me a month or so to get around to writing about it… One of the greatest things about Dublin, like so many other awesome cities, is that it’s great to visit all year round. Not to mention you don’t need to block out an entire week to visit. Everything is close by so you can get a real feel for the city in…

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    9 Instagram accounts to follow this World Vegan Day

    Today is World Vegan Day and also marks my eleventh month without eating animals products. I can safely say that going vegan was one of the best things I have ever done – I’m absolutely loving my plant-based lifestyle. Instagram has been like my own personal guide to vegan life this year; I’ve followed some great accounts that have showed me amazing recipes, products and where to shop for my animal-free goodies. So to mark World Vegan Day I thought I’d put together a blog post about my favourite Instagram accounts for those who may not have seen them or may be considering going vegan this month. In fact, cancer…

  • Is van life for me? 8 questions you need to ask yourself

    “Van Life is a sub-culture of nomadic individuals who are embracing minimalism on a journey to reassess what is truly important for a happy and balanced life.” – Ben, Kombi Life As more people fall in love with the idea of freedom, minimalism and moving away from traditional 9-5 living, van life is becoming more popular than ever. You can barely move for all the #vanlife Instagram accounts out there and we’ve certainly met a huge number of van lifers during our time on the road. But while it all seems like a nice idea, the reality is that it’s not for everyone – and that’s OK! For us, the…

  • Three months in: An update on van life

    I’ve picked up a lot of extra work recently and taken on some great new clients, which means I have been writing my butt off the past couple of months. Just sadly not for this blog. And I do feel a genuine sadness when I haven’t had time to stop and write something for myself. I am always writing for other people, but as I get paid to do so it really does have to take priority in my brain. So today I decide to take a quick 10 minutes for myself to share an update on what we’ve been up to since we left Scotland. Especially as yesterday officially…

  • Freelance writing on the road – what it’s like becoming a digital nomad

    In the months leading up to leaving I had read so much about how people had transformed their lives by becoming freelance writers and the best ways to go about it. I read a lot. I learnt a lot. But there’s one big difference between what I was reading and what I am doing, and that is that most of the people I was learning from work from the comfort of their home and generally still put in the 9-5 hours to make sure they can pay their mortgage. I don’t have a mortgage, I live in a van and Danny and I try to keep our living costs as…

  • The North Coast 500 – The home straight

    This will be my final update on our North Coast 500 journey, though they’ll be plenty of other Scotland-based content to come from the great places we stayed after we completed the NC 500 route. The last post ended as we began to head down the East coast and back towards Inverness. Now I won’t lie to you because that’s not my style, the East coast was a little bit less attractive than the West had been – and ain’t that always the way! Much like England (and I sincerely hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this) the east is not as nice as Wales and Cornwall on the…