Couple Spends 8 Years Living the Van Life & Backpacking Around the World

Lauren & Craig are a couple of nomads from the UK who have been living the van life and backpacking on only $20 a day for over 8 years. They’ve visited over 50 countries so far and don’t plan to stop their long term travel streak anytime soon.

They typically work for 6 months, and then travel for 1 year using the money they earned. They apply for working holiday visas when visiting Western countries, which is how they manage to work while they travel.

They also buy camper vans when they visit countries where the accommodation is expensive, which allows them to spend next to nothing on accommodation while living in a van (they sell the van at the end of the trip to make their money back), and they also save money by eating out less and not going out drinking every night.

On average, the couple spends $10 each per day while backpacking and/or when living the van life.

During their travel time (when they’re not working), they go travelling and backpacking in countries where the cost of living is cheap, like India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Central and South America.

We love this couple’s sense of curiosity and adventure, and are excited to follow their blog – Non Stop Travelling – and follow them on Instagram, to live vicariously through them while they explore the world.


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Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.

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31 Replies to “Couple Spends 8 Years Living the Van Life & Backpacking Around the World”

  1. Linescrew1

    The amazing story is that they're still together after 8 years and not the nomad part. I'd slip away in a dark alley somewhere in Istanbul never to be seen again if I had to do this only with 1 single other person.

  2. Ara Arutyan

    So living in a rusty bucket, like gypsies, shitting in a bag and pissing in a bottle, washing face from a puddle – and then, when you smell like pigs you still go to PF or coin laundry, you still go to supermarket to buy food, you still use gas to pollute environment and more so than a regular family who lives in apartment or house. You freeze in winter and are sick of driving. And yet, you'll never confess that all you needed to do was get a better job to be able to live in normal house a normal life, not a dog life

  3. SoCalFreelance

    The young invincible lifestyle will come to a crashing reality if they ever need medical care w/o employer provided insurance. And the break even lifestyle means they have little to no savings. Their peers will enjoy a much higher quality of life later in life because of the work and savings they invested in when they were younger.

  4. Wanna Wander

    Great pics! I love the story! I’m trying to do something like that, working where I travel… giving back to others. Happy trails❤️

  5. Holly Degraves

    𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝙱𝚞𝚒𝚕dd 𝚊 𝚂𝚑𝚎𝚍 – 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝙵𝚛𝚊𝚖ee 𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝙵𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚂𝚑𝚎d >> 1205

  6. Das Kai-ser

    life is just so unfair. no such thing as working holiday visas for the rest of us – they wont even let us through the airport without producing a freaking bank/ financial statement.
    life keeps breaking my heart.

  7. Woozy Rocketman

    going off somewhere for the winter is OK for me – but all that looks looks like a bore and a lot of work.

  8. David Williams

    I am 65yrs old and retired on SSI, I want to live the Van life before it is to late for me. Would u pls keep me in mind when u are ready to sell another Van. If u would like to know more about me just pls ask, my email is (

  9. Terry I

    What you're doing is so fantastic. . You are as old as you think . There is no age that one peaks in physical ability . You peak when you decide , there are pictures of people weightlifting at advanced ages and they are stronger than in their youth !

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