Adventures Begin

You've reached a different kind of van life blog. This one's more about your journey than mine. It's a growing resource for people to learn all kinds of useful stuff about building and living in a van.

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Learn to build and maintain your van with descriptive technical guides, complete with clear photographs, videos, tool descriptions and more; discover great tips on security, parking, travel, maintenance, repair and preparation for the best and worst.

Most recently article: Replace Exhaust Manifold Gasket
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We've Got Blogs

You'll find plenty of stories, photographs and videos from my trips, plus soundscapes, interviews and a handful of creative extras for your enjoyment. You can follow my journeys in maps, and I even have some excellent playlist suggestions (and you can make some, too).

Most recent blog post: A New Look

Where Did It All Begin?

Find out how this whole caper got started here: The Story So Far

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Free access to all the van-life articles, technical guides and discussions. You can leave comments in all sections and see occasional supporter content from higher levels.

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€2 a month: Additional blogs, which include some useful tips for part-time and full-time nomadic living, as well as looking after dogs while traveling.

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€3.50 a month: Access to some of the creative archive, with extra travel photography and blogs, some of the soundscapes and the odd story from the road. Plus tips for making your travels more fun and less expensive.

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€5 a month: Full access to the creative archive, including written, photographic and videographic collections, 'Stories From The Road', 'Journeys In Low Light', and 'The Rolling Archive', plus all the blogs, interviews, and practical designs for saving space and weight in your van!

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€10 a month: Access to all content as it comes, plus limited-edition artwork and one-off, signed instamatic photo prints by post! Platinum supporters also have access to a regular private chat and experimental features.

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Just click here and follow the instructions. Donations are accepted in the currencies below, but there will soon be a Patreon option, where you can use more traditional methods.


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Huge thanks to my pre-launch supporters!
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