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Have you ever thought of living out of a van? We have! Alison is the real deal when it comes to van life! We are constantly inspired and amazed at the adventures her and her puppy Max get up to in America. Read on to find out how Alison changed her life to follow her passions and check out some of her beautiful pictures.  You can check out Alison's adventures on Facebook, Instagram, blog and her website just click the hyperlinks. 

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ROAR: Tell us a bit about your background and upbringing that has allowed you to make choices to live a creative and passionate lifestyle?  

Alison: I was born and raised in Southern California and my family had a station wagon that we took everywhere to camp and explore.  I suppose camping resonated with me at a young age and I’ve loved it ever since.  My mother is an artist and when I was younger, I hated being dragged along to her shows and going to her classes. I wasn’t into art much then, but I can’t imagine my life without it now.  I was raised with a father and grandfather that had very strong work ethics so when I went to school and years later, I worked hard in corporate advertising until it became too unhealthy for me.  My father died at a young age of 55 so I wanted to be able to explore and do things now.  You never know when your time might be up.  

ROAR: What inspired you to live a life in a van with your favourite friend Max? Tell us a couple of highlights of the van lifestyle.

Alison: Before there was “Campy”, my van, there was “Trailie” my teardrop trailer and I spent two years traveling with a tent.  After the two years in the tent, I had my eye on a campervan and researched it for many months until I found the perfect one.  I jumped on it and haven’t regretted it at all. The van is so much more luxurious then living out of a tent.  I loved the trailer but the way I travel, I like to change my direction at a moments notice so the van works well for that type of travel.  I feel safer too.  One of the highlights on the first few camping trips was a refrigerator!  I didn’t have to mess with an ice chest anymore!  It sounds simple but man, it was such a delight to have a cold drink ready whenever I wanted one.  Unfortunately, it’s had problems since then and stopped working.  But I will cherish those days when it worked like a charm.  I don’t plan as I go along so every day is a surprise.  I have found some nice campsites just by chance and some of my favorite moments are waking up and looking out the window to the forest, listening to waves or the creek. Those first moments in the morning are the best.  Then it gets even better after coffee is made.

ROAR: What inspired you to live a life in a van with your favourite friend Max? Tell us a couple of highlights of the van lifestyle.

Alison: Before there was “Campy”, my van, there was “Trailie” my teardrop trailer and I spent two years traveling with a tent.  After the two years in the tent, I had my eye on a campervan and researched it for many months until I found the perfect one.  I jumped on it and haven’t regretted it at all. The van is so much more luxurious then living out of a tent.  I loved the trailer but the way I travel, I like to change my direction at a moments notice so the van works well for that type of travel.  I feel safer too.  One of the highlights on the first few camping trips was a refrigerator!  I didn’t have to mess with an ice chest anymore!  It sounds simple but man, it was such a delight to have a cold drink ready whenever I wanted one.  Unfortunately, it’s had problems since then and stopped working.  But I will cherish those days when it worked like a charm.  I don’t plan as I go along so every day is a surprise.  I have found some nice campsites just by chance and some of my favorite moments are waking up and looking out the window to the forest, listening to waves or the creek. Those first moments in the morning are the best.  Then it gets even better after coffee is made.

ROAR: How do you survive financially living in a van and exploring many destinations?

AIison: saved my money when I worked in Advertising, made some good investments (buying a home), and I rent my home out when I travel.  I have freelance jobs here and there but I am not getting rich by any means.  I travel smart and stay with friends, walmart, or free land camping.  Also, I make all of my meals in campy and don’t buy a lot of “stuff.” The most expensive travel expense is gas.

ROAR: What are some exciting achievements since undertaking this project and starting your website?

Alison: Oh man… not sure I can list them all.  I am so fortunate that people are recognizing my images and giving me opportunities to shoot, be in a show, or license what I already have. It has really been a blessing.

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