October 2017


Vanlife Actual Cost - October 2017


This is total $ for two persons!

Alcohol & Bars:
We LOVE Epic Brewing in SLC :)

That includes almost 100$ of coffee shop… we really wanted to finish our Build Journal this month, so we spent a few days in a Coffee Shop consuming fancy coffees, sandwiches and free-wifi. (yes, we have unlimited data cell plan, but we needed to get out of the van!). So for those relying on coffee shop for their internet, the bill goes up FAST!!

Mobile Phone:
This month includes payment of September as well…

Van Improvements:
That includes the burner insert replacement in our Webasto heater AND the Mountain Bike Tire Inflator.

Web Hosting:
This is an annual payment.

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September 2017




This is total $ for two persons!

Auto & Health Insurace:
We forgot to account it this month, check out October!

There might be a few wine bottles in there, soap, pharmacy items, etc, etc. It would be too labor-intensive to separate all of this…

Gas & Fuel:
We expect this to go down in the months to come, as we drove across the country in Sept.

Mobile Phone:
This will come down too! The price shown here includes the last payment for our Canadian cell phone carrier, as well as the deposit+account setup fees+jetpack of our new USA cell phone plan (Verizon).

Of course, expenses are influenced with what we do… so here is an article about our First Month on the Road: faroutride.com/first-month

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Van Conversion Cost and Labor: faroutride.com/cost-and-labor


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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan, sold our house and hit the road full-time to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!


  1. Comment by Bruce

    Bruce Reply October 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    This is great – you guys are brave to put this out there… don’t think I would be totally honest about my spending. Of the two big trips I’ve taken – out west for 3 months in my car, and hiking the AT – it took a couple of months to finally find the right rhythm. You guys are smarter than me, so I doubt it will take you as long.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      We hesitated a lot to make it public, but what the heck. Someone had to do it šŸ˜‰

      You’re right about the rhythm: the first month was good, but it keeps getting better and better. We’re still learning a lot about each other and how to enjoy ourselves!


  2. Comment by Julie

    Julie Reply October 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Pretty accurate. Obviously more if you tend to stay in more campgrounds. We buy annual national park passes in Canada and the US. Lucky if your van maintenance stays this low! ours did not a 1990 Vanagon Westfalia)… also car insurance? Some people get health insurance (we do sometimes, when spooked after hearing stories of fellow Canadians who have had a freak accident in the US). If you plan to travel into Mexico there are tourist and vehicle fees and car insurance. Lots of costs not considered generally when folks plan to travel this way.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      You’re right, we forgot to include car/health insurance in our september report; we won’t forget it next time, we promise!

      It’s all good insights, thanks!

  3. Comment by Simon

    Simon Reply October 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I think the world would be a better place if people were more comfortable sharing honest financial information. Oh, the blog rocks.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 26, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      We hesitated at first, but now that we shared, we don’t see a reason to hide our expenses.
      Glad you like the site! šŸ™‚


  4. Comment by Mark

    Mark Reply November 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I stumbled upon your site looking to insrall a swivel seat for my newly acquired Honda Element. Impressive and informative blog!! You are doing the public who have interest in this lifestyle a very large favor! Hopefully the favor will be repaid! A sprinter is on the list for me down the road. Iā€™m unaware of your itinerary but if you find yourself in Santa Cruz, CA and need a spot to rest, or a friendly usher to a local pub at the very least, please feel free to drop a line. Oddly enough, before reading your bio, you reminded me of some friends here- who are engineers, avid riders, but from BC ; ) All the best on your adventures!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Mark, we’ll do California coast for sure, we just don’t know when exactly. But thanks for the offer!! šŸ™‚
      Have a great day!

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