1- The Normal Life
The Problem With Our "Old" Life.
Actually, there was no problem! We had everything we wanted: well paid permanent jobs with benefits (we were both engineers), a nice house, cars, friends, mountain biking trails, whitewater rivers, craft beer scene, etc. We’re not attracted by luxury (except for mountain bikes!) and we don’t tend to buy a lot of stuff, so we considered ourselves “rich” in a way that we could afford all the fun we wanted (keeping in mind that we’re reasonable people! are we?).
2- Redefining Normality
Life was good, but could it be better?
We lived a comfortable life, but when reaching our mid-thirties the years seem to repeat themselves. The idea of working full time and taking short (and expensive) vacations each year until our old days was not really fulfilling… Mountain biking and backcountry snowboarding is what we love the most in this life, can we create a lifestyle where we can enjoy these activities to the fullest when we’re still young and healthy?
Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle
Play more, work less… Less expenses, less income. It’s all about balance. Can we turn that daydream into reality?
Easier said than done. How much converting and travelling in a van cost, actually? There was a lot of guesswork involved in our planning… But if you’re reading this now you can take the guesswork out of the equation, because we tracked everything down:
There are so many different van options out there, so we leave this part up to you. Check out classifieds (used) or inquire to your local dealer (new or used) to get a quote. On a side note, here is how we decided on the Ford Transit:
We tracked down the total cost and labor it took us to convert the van. It’s breakdown by category/task, so it doesn’t get any more comprehensive than that! Hope that helps!
We publish our monthly travel expenses. There are over 2 years of data in there, breakdown by categories. You can use this as a baseline to plan your own trip (don’t forget to adjust the numbers to your own lifestyle).
Pro tip: Quit your day job = less income!
We’ll be fully transparent here, we initially didn’t plan on becoming “true” full time vanlifers; who does that? Instagram stars do it somehow, and we certainly didn’t fit into that category. So our initial plan was to travel about a year (from our savings) and settle somewhere on the west coast.
So here’s the crazy part of the story. We decided to build this website; far out something. The idea was to keep us busy during the rainy days in the van (to share our travel pictures, stories, etc), that’s all. We’re not exactly sure how and why, but it finally turned into this massive how-we-built-our-van reference website. This might be one of our best idea ever, because while our day jobs enabled vanlife, FarOutRide.com turned it into a full time gig. We can’t say it enough: -THANK YOU- for using the affiliate links (e.g. Amazon) from our Build Journal, for downloading the diagrams from our store, or for becoming a Patron. Without YOU, we couldn’t keep this going. It’s as simple as that! 🙂
Thinking about starting your website too? Here’s everything to get you started:
3- Life On The Road
We started roaming in August 2017 and we're still going...
August, September & October 2020 Tales From The Road: Exploring British Columbia best mountain biking trails!
Tenth and eleventh month on the road. Moar bike for Isabelle, shoulder injury for Antoine…
Eighth and Ninth month on the road. We just can’t leave Squamish! Have we found the promised land?
Sixth month on the road! This month we travel across Washington state, Montana and we’re back to the metric system in beautiful British Columbia. We hope you like cold and snow! Thanks for reading!
Let’s take a step back and discuss the lessons learned living in the van, what we nailed/missed in our van conversion and some tales from the road.
Years later, have we changed?
Wait for it! Section coming soon...
5- Where do we see ourselves in 5 years?
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Nice To Meet You.
Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!