S T A T E • 4 8 🌵
It all started in a small town in 𝘈𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘰𝘯𝘢 🌵
We both grew up in the 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 of Fountain Hills nestled into the the east valley of Phoenix. We met in high school when Brittani was a freshman and Adam a junior. We dated briefly in HS but it wasn’t until 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 when we really connected 🥰
We saw each other at a 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 party and the rest is history. Okay, well it’s not that simple because no love story is...𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵? 😂
Arizona is and will always be special to us because it’s where we both 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘶𝘱, began dating, 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 together for the first time, got engaged and ultimately left for our first “𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞” together...
5 • S T A T E S • IN • 5 • Y E A R S
In 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟻, we left AZ as Brittani became a travel nurse. When we left we had no idea what places we would get to travel to, how long we would travel around for, or where (if anywhere) we would ultimately “𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴.” We honestly, weren’t huge travelers at this point in our lives so we thank this time for introducing us to the nomad life!
We ended up traveling to 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 different cities during our travel nursing time. Each assignment is 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 meaning we picked up and moved quite often. We also made sure to always take several weeks off in between assignments to visit friends and family and to adventure around the US.
Here is where we ended up traveling to in order from first to last!
1️⃣ Houston, TX 🐂
2️⃣ San Diego, CA 🌊
3️⃣ Boston, MA 🚇
4️⃣ San Fransisco, CA 🌉
5️⃣ Denver, CO 🏔
All of the places we got to call “𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦” allowed us to continue to grow our love for traveling and experiencing new places 🙌🏻
But our winter spent in Denver ended up keeping us around for three years! We loved the mountains and experiencing all 4 seasons. We lived in the RiNo neighborhood for most of it and enjoyed walking to eateries, breweries and Coors Field anytime we wanted!
It’s ironic looking back now, because almost immediately after deciding to plant ourselves in Denver is when we began to 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 about living in a van.
It was a glorious day in May of 2017 and we were in….
H O N E Y M O O N • B L I S S
For many couples a honeymoon is filled with dreams of babies 👶🏻 , houses 🏡 , puppies 🐶 but our honeymoon inspired us to continue to live a life of travel (𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴!)
Following the 𝘧𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘩 & 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 travel assignment in Denver, CO we jetted to Hawaii to get married in Maui and spent 𝟑 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐬 exploring all 𝟒 of Hawaii’s main 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 💍🏖
Our mission while we were there was to experience ev.ery.thing we could…
We cliff dove the southern most point of the US, went ATVing where Jurrasic Park was filmed, tubed the canals of Kauai, slid down a sugar cane waterway, experienced black, green, & gold sand beaches, sailed the NaPali coast, snorkeled Molokini crater, biked downhill Haleakala after a sunrise, hiked to the lava flow at Volcanoes, drove the Road to Hana, experienced Waimea Canyon & hiked to dozens of waterfalls
It truly felt surreal each day…so we began to dream about continuing to live a life that made us feel free, joyful and full of adventure 😊
On one of our final days, we sat at a beach watching dolphins in the distance and witnessed this group of people hanging out near a couple of vans. BOOM 💥💡
“We could do that...”
*insert pause as we both pondered it* 🤔
“𝘞𝘌 𝘊𝘖𝘜𝘓𝘋 𝘋𝘖 𝘛𝘏𝘈𝘛! 𝘞𝘌 𝘚𝘏𝘖𝘜𝘓𝘋 𝘋𝘖 𝘛𝘏𝘈𝘛! 𝘏𝘖𝘞 𝘋𝘖 𝘞𝘌 𝘋𝘖 𝘛𝘏𝘈𝘛?!”
The seed was officially planted 🌱 And that seed grew & 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘸 & 𝐆𝐑𝐄𝗪! 🌴 Once we returned to the mainland & the honeymoon bliss faded away, neither of us could shake the feeling that one day we would live in a van 🚐
We both obsessively watched YouTube videos, followed others living in a van, researched how to make it happen and sustain it, scoured websites of builds and made lists of what we wanted👩🏻💻🧑🏼💻
Our ideas and thoughts changed many times over the 2.5 years it took to officially make our #vanlife dream a reality. But the thing that never, EVER changed was our drive to make it happen which is why on November 18, 2019 we finally held the keys to our van… 🔑
C L I F F O R D 🚗
We wanted to share this part of our story because we know what it’s like to dream for a long time and start to feel like it might not happen. We hope to remind you to stay in your own lane, keep inching towards your goal, and never give up!
We missed “deadlines” and failed forward. But we never gave in and gave up
In 2017, we mostly dreamt and talked about what living in a van would look like. We would randomly ask things while cooking dinner like “what do you think...fixed bed or convertible?”🤔
In 2018, we really bought into the idea and that we could make it happen. Did a lot more research, talked numbers and plans, etc. We also started to discuss our plan among friends and family (most of which thought we were nuts)
And in 2019, we planned to make it all a reality in July because our lease was ending! Spoiler alert...we missed this deadline. And it was painful 😖 But missing it put fuel on the fire of our adventure seeking hearts! 🔥
You want to see massive change? You have to take massive action.
So, instead of signing another year lease on our apartment we signed for 6 months. This closely lined up with Brittani’s car lease ending. Which meant that at the end of January we would have nowhere to live and have one vehicle. Time to make sh*t happen!
As fall began and summer faded away we were ready to buy our van! We started to search DAILY. We scoured websites constantly for something in our price range that seemed like the perfect fit. We test drove a couple and even got 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘴𝘴 close to purchasing one in early October
But on a random, wild Saturday night in November Brittani came across something. “Babe did you see this red Promaster on Craigslist?!...Is it a scam??” 🚗🧐
It was not. It was Clifford!🥳 (Click here to see all about our van!)
We test drove it the next day, committed to purchasing and after a messy (& emotional) week of finalizing everything...
We officially bought our first home/van && finally set off on our journey in February of 2020 🚗🛣 Follow our adventures as we seek to finish experiencing all 50 states and start to really dive into seeing all 62 National Parks on IG @fenimoresadventuremore!