Adventures Begin

Thanks for stopping by!
This website is not only the blog of Burtman, adventure-seeker, office-dodger and van tinkerer; it's also a growing resource for people who are new to the van life.

In these pages, you'll find stories and pictures from my adventures, useful lessons and tips for your van life, honest and unbiased reviews of the places I stumble across along the way, and plenty of information to help you find, design, build and maintain your own home on wheels.

You can follow my journeys on the Map page and my evolving Playlist page is self-explanatory.

Oh, and by the way, if you like this website, you might like to know it was designed and built on the beach in sunny Spain. One of my other projects is developing and hosting websites like this one. You can check out some of my work and hire me for your own projects over at the Open Road section!

If you'd like to get updates when new content is added, you can join the mailing list, and you can comment and ask questions on all sections of the site (and share your own journey), with a free Burtman user profile.


Want To Support Burtman?

If you love my journeys and adventures as much as I do, I've got some treats for those who are able and willing to help me to continue them!
Support At Different Levels

Mailing list subscribers get

Unlimited access to all free articles. You can leave comments and you will receive an occasional digest email about what's new here and what's been going on in the real world of Burtman.

Bronze Supporters also get

Access to more niche articles that address specific problems vanlifers can get into, plus unpublished photos and videos from my trips and additional blogs which include useful tips on a range of subjects, like: transitioning into vanlife, working effectively from your mobile home, staying warm and secure, and much more.

Silver Supporters also get

Full access to my ever-growing travel archive, "Stories From The Road", my video series "The Rolling Archive" and "Walks In The World", plus occasional surprises.

Gold Supporters also get

All my interior project designs that can be used to build your own van, access to the Adventures Of Burtman private Telegram channel, and some other bits and pieces I think you'll like, including occasional physical post cards from the places I visit.

Platinum Supporters also get

Exclusive one-to-one chat, original type-written poems and one-off photo prints by mail, plus the option to send me an ad for your own business, which will feature on this site (some rules apply). Platinum supporters can also invite a friend who will enjoy free Silver access for the lifetime of the Platinum account.

Everybody gets

Useful, family-friendly content that will help to demystify the complexities of starting out with a new van, friendly and interesting discussions and a growing community of likeminded people.


When you select a supporter option other than Free Mailing List Only, you will only be placed on the waiting list for that level. You don't need to do anything at the moment. When the system is ready to take supporter subscriptions, you will be notified and given the option to change your mind or go ahead. As with everything here at, there is no lock-in, no commitment, no penalties and no other underhanded cheek of any kind. Your support is hugely appreciated and you are free to change your mind at any time.


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HUGE thanks to my current supporters!