van life

Adventures, misadventures, travel tips, guides, and stories from life on the road. Join us on our journey as we explore North America in our 1990 Roadtrek Popular van. Follow @vanrouge_roadtrek on Instagram!

Our Top 10 Eco-Friendly Van Life Essentials

Our Top 10 Eco-Friendly Van Life Essentials

Looking to furnish or decorate your new van but don't want to buy crappy plastic products? We have the perfect list of eco-friendly van life essentials for you! When Paul and I bought our van, we knew we wanted to keep the style minimal and eco. As much as possible,...

Buying a Van: Self-Build Conversion or Prebuilt?

Buying a Van: Self-Build Conversion or Prebuilt?

One of the first questions Paul and I had when considering buying a van to live and travel in was whether we should do a van conversion or just buy a prebuilt campervan. There are many pros and cons to both, I'd say, but I can only really speak from experience from...

Van Life Journal Weeks 7-9: 4 Provinces, 3 Weeks

Van Life Journal Weeks 7-9: 4 Provinces, 3 Weeks

In this Van Life Journal combining weeks 7, 8, AND 9, we explored more of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada, before taking the ferry back to Nova Scotia and down on through New Brunswick, and eventually, Québec!! Between hiking on earth's...

Van Life Journal Week 6: Newfoundland!

Van Life Journal Week 6: Newfoundland!

Hello there! What a crazy, fun-filled week! Van Rouge is still going strong. We had to charge her batteries this week and now she's back to health. In short, this week we celebrated Paul's birthday in Newfoundland, went to a stargazing event, had some successes and...

Van Life Journal Week 5: There & Back Again

Van Life Journal Week 5: There & Back Again

It's hard to believe that we've just passed our one month anniversary living in Van Rouge! When I see how fast time is going it makes me realize we could easily spend a year or two in the van. We'll see where these adventures lead. Cheers to a new week full of new...

Van Life Journal Week 4: Brace for Impact

Van Life Journal Week 4: Brace for Impact

Hi everyone, a day late publishing Van Life Journal Week #4 but better late than never! In short, this week we discovered a colorful gem of a town on the Atlantic coast classed a UNESCO World Heritage site - Lunenburg delighted and surprised us in so many ways. We...

Van Life Journal Week 3: It’s Been 12 Days (Without a Shower)

Van Life Journal Week 3: It’s Been 12 Days (Without a Shower)

So now I'm 26 and a labeled "flexitarian." We're into our fourth week into van life and third week in Canada. And already I'm finding it hard to keep up with the journaling. But I'm grateful for doing it because one day we're really going to enjoy reading about our...

Van Life Journal Week 2: An Adventurous Birthday Surprise

Van Life Journal Week 2: An Adventurous Birthday Surprise

Time is flying and I almost couldn't keep up this week on the daily journaling. Here's a short but sweet look at what our second week of van life entailed (including my birthday!) Day 8 - Van Rouge Goes to the Bathroom It's the 1st clear day we've had since arriving...

Van Life Journal Week 1: We Made It to Canada!

Van Life Journal Week 1: We Made It to Canada!

It's hard to believe it already came and went... Our first week of #vanlife! In efforts to remember all the crazy shenanigans and misadventures of life on the road, I'm starting a new series called "Van Life Journal" in which I'll be writing about our weekly...