HER FIRST SOLO VAN LIFE ADVENTURE (and biking 200+ miles)

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#vanlife / Travel vlog 730 | Colorado Trail | Filmed August, 2020

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Assorted Berries – Dylan Sitts
2020 Baby – Dylan Sitts
Add It Up (Blah Blah) – Bonkers Beat Club
And Then We Fell from the Sky – Across The Great Valley
Aoraki – Ooyy
Borrowed Matches – Tape Machines
Burn Within Sight – Dylan Sitts
Cashmere – Dylan Sitts
Crack On – Dylan Sitts
Got Real – Splasher!
Haw Par Villla – Ooyy
Heist Huzzle – Fasion
Informed and Prudent – Yi Nantiro
Jade Plant – Dylan Sitts
Kebnekaise – Czar Donic
Kyoto by Dawn – Ooyy
Mountain Downhill – Niclas Gustavsson
Mugged Off- Dylan Sitts
On Track- Dylan Sitts
Some of Y’all (Instrumental Version) – Work from Home.
Split – [ocean jams)
Still Cold – Crystal Shards
Toast – Dylan Sitts
Tweet and Delete – Dylan Sitts
Urban Chase – FormantX
Virtual Underworld – Dylan Sitts
Way Too Soon – Dylan Sitts
Words – Dylan Sitts
Valium – nothanks
Ocean Breeze – Timothy Infinite
Olympos – Ooyy


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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. 🙂

35 Replies to “HER FIRST SOLO VAN LIFE ADVENTURE (and biking 200+ miles)”

  1. TrustNotMyHeart

    This whole video series is amazing, but I have to say I am loving the footage of Kara in the van, the shopping, the doing things herself for the first time (not that she has to ever do it again) and seeing that she is creative and can figure it out. Super inspiring for me. I also love how this van just looks a mess and is real. This is what adventure looks like. Love it! I also love the support betweeen this whole community. Love!!

  2. Only in Paradise

    Longest video I’ve watched on your channel. Can we please get a quick interior tour of Rick’s van on the next upload? I’d like to see their van setup for a family of four. The girls are so adorable! Please and thank you 🙏

  3. The Vacationeers

    My husband and I adore you both. We always get so excited when you post a new video. Been watching for years. We’re full time RVing now. We pray we can meet you both one day. Be safe and blessings! 😎

  4. Lauren Roudebush

    Oh I just love you guys so much. I’ve followed your journey for awhile but you guys have me totally hooked on your van life adventure. You are both so positive. Waking up yesterday and seeing that you dropped a video that is over an hour was the highlight of my morning. You guys inspire me to be more adventurous and to try new things.

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