We Discovered the SECRET to VAN LIFE!

Van life just got 10x better! This week we learned how to stay for “free” at vineyards, breweries, and distilleries all around the U.S.!

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#vanlife / Travel vlog 724 | Vail, Colorado | Filmed July 20, 2020

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I’m A Volcano (Instrumental Version) – Duplex Heart
Indie Electro 1 – Cospe
Osaka 3AM – Ooyy
Right There (Instrumental Version) – spring gang
Bad Sign – Ballpoint
Pocket Aces – Guustavv


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Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married June 2013 and quickly caught the #travel bug! We started “travel hacking” & finally decided we wanted to travel for one year. After 2 years of saving $ and over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left home January 10, 2016. We started this #travelvlog to share our experiences with friends and family, then decided we really liked vlogging and traveling! After achieving our new goal of 100 countries before 2020 and all 7 continents, we have no plans to slow down anytime soon, and we are incredibly thankful to do something we love every day. 🙂

33 Replies to “We Discovered the SECRET to VAN LIFE!”

  1. Jim Green

    I was on vacation last month out west, and when I was in the Vail area, I went to the "wide spot in the road" nearby called Wolcott, for my first ATV tour in which I did the driving. IT WAS SOOO FUN!!

  2. Jim Green

    Oops! I posted too soon. On that vacation last month, I also visited Colorado Nat'l. Monument, and while there, I came around a sharp curve, and there on the inside of the curve were a mom and calf Desert bighorn, which is related to the Stone sheep of the Canadian Rockies, which I've also seen; as well as Alaska's Dall sheep, and Rocky Mtn. bighorn. which I've not seen. As soon as they stopped screaming (not really), they made a flying leap over the cliff to safety. Nature sightings like that are sooo cool! Also, this N M is, like you said, so beautiful, but it's not yet been upgraded to a national park, and so many of the lower-grade Park Service properties (around 400 in total–Lakeshores, Seashores, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, etc.–are absolutely stunning. Then there's the myriad of state parks around the country that are equally amazing. You have a lot to see.

  3. herranton1979

    From Vail, you go south through Leadville to Twin lakes. Then west out of Twin Lakes, through Independence pass, and into Aspen. Detour to the maroon bells, then back out to Aspen and west to Carbondale. South to Hotchkiss and head to the north rim of the Black canyon via crawford. Then backtrack around through Hotchkiss to Montrose via Delta.

    You missed the most beautiful road in America to see one a few steps down. Independence pass is ridiculous. I'm a grown ass man and some of the views got me literally choked up. The maroon bells are awesome. Great hiking. And the black canyon is the most under rated park in the nps. Gotta stay up, have a fire, and look at the stars. You're miles from civilization and the sky lights up like a Christmas tree. And the canyon is awesome too! It's 2700 feet down in some spots. And yeah, you can stand on the edge on the north rim, with nothing but evolution keeping you from falling in.
    You guys skipped this for a freeway, a few beers, and a drive through a very good road (instead of the best, lol).

  4. stanford holman

    I grew up in Grand Junction Colorado! The Colorado National Monument was my playground. My Grandma would drop me and my friends at the top I’m the mornings (with no food or water-lol) and we would explore and hike down then walk back to town!!! I LOVE THAT PLACE!!!!

  5. Haven Heaphy

    I suggest that next time you’re in the Vail area, you go through Minturn, CO! It’s a really cute town, with a Market every Sunday, A really good taco place, a cool little hotel, and a close nit community! ❤️😀

  6. Mary Stout

    Ok. I have watch all your videos since the beginning. Just one thing that drives me crazy. Nate and his. Unnatural. Pauses. Whenever. He talks. Say the whole sentence without added commas and periods! Please! You. Are. Making. Me. Crazy.

  7. Ryan Franklin

    Just drove by almost all of that today going from Arches & Canyonlands National Parks back to Vail. That canyon section on I-70 is gorgeous. Small world. Enjoy your trip!

  8. Natashasuzanne1

    They are traveling through by far my favorite places in the world! I also LOVE how they highlight the great places, but also don't draw attention to the names if the places that disappoint. Very respectable.

  9. It’s Allison Renee

    There are tankless hot water heaters that work really well, though they are kind of expensive. Also maybe in the long run upgrading to a larger grey water/fresh water tank would help with the shower issues

  10. Raven Brown

    Hey Kata and Nate if you see this comment and you want to go to a fun place you can go with your with your van I recommend you to stay at Gardener State Park, It’s so much fun and the stars are beautiful.

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