My $5000 Tiny Van Conversion: The Complete Cost Breakdown

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My $5000 Tiny Van Conversion: The Complete Cost Breakdown This post may contain affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details Vanny Devito is now my tiny little home, but once upon a time she wasnothing more than a silver van. The entire van conversion process was stressful at times but mostly it was pretty exciting.The following post documents, in detail, … Read More

Steps to Living in a Van

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Steps to Living in a Van This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details The time between deciding to live in a van to the day I was on the road [to Alaska] in Vanny Devito, feels like a whirlwind. I definitely had a few “WTF am I doing moments,” along the way, but I stayed on course … Read More

Why I Decided to Live in a Van

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Why I Decided to Live in a Van This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details May 2016, I made the decision to live full time in a van. If you would have told me four years ago that I would be living in a van full time, I probably would have laughed. A lot of things have … Read More

Money Saving Tips for Home Health Professionals

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Money Saving Tips for Home Health Professionals This post may contain affiliate links., please see my disclosure policy for details. One of the reasons I started this whole lifestyle about minimalism was to pay down student loan debt. Thus, as much as I love being an Occupational Therapist, money, when choosing jobs is always a big factor when deciding which … Read More

How I survived my First 40 Mile Hike

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How I Survived My First 40 Mile Hike This post may contain affiliate links., please see my disclosure policy for details. May 2017 I ventured on a 40-mile hike in Alaska, and I survived! Even though I have become more of an avid hiker the past few years, I’m certainly not the fastest around. Prior to this hike, I had … Read More

How to be a More Productive Therapist: The Right Way

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How to be a More Productive Therapist: The Right Way This post may contain affiliate links., please see my disclosure policy for details. As I’ve mentioned before in other posts, most travel therapy positions are not ideal. There are the occasional great assignments but most have openings because they are difficult to staff. This is mainly either because of location … Read More

10 Apps that Make My Life Easier on the Road

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10 Apps that Make My Life Easier on the Road This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details Traveling occupational therapy while living on the road has presented many amazing opportunities to me but it’s also provided me with some challenges. As a person who is not very organized to begin with, staying organized on the road has … Read More

The Most Epic Alaskan Road trip (Part II)

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The Most Epic Alaskan Road Trip Part II: Canada This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details When I drove from the lower 48 to Alaska July 2016, it was exciting but I was in a serious rush. I needed to start my new job in 3 weeks and I would be embarking on this trip alone. My … Read More

The Most Epic Alaskan Roadtrip (Part I)

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The Most Epic Alaskan Roadtrip

The Most Epic Alaskan Roadrip Part I: Alaska This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details When I drove from the lower 48 to Alaska July 2016, it was exciting but I was in a serious rush. I needed to start my new job in 3 weeks and I would be embarking on this trip alone. My trip … Read More

Why it’s Okay for a Girl to Live in a Van

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Why its Okay for a Girl to Live in a Van This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details One of people’s biggest concern when I tell them I live in a van, is that I am alone and I am a girl. I tell these concerned people the same things;  I do my best to avoid sketchy … Read More

The Pros and Cons of a Traveling Team: for Healthcare Professionals

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The Ptos and Cons of a Traveling team: For healthcare Professionals

The Pros and Cons of a Traveling Team This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details When healthcare professionals are considering travel, they often question the possibility of traveling with a partner. When I first started traveling occupational therapy, I was traveling with my best friend who was also an OT. Looking back, I definitely believe starting with … Read More

Vanlife Essentials

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Vanlife Essentials This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details Living in a van is not the most convenient lifestyle. However, there are some things that can make life in a van much easier. For this post, I have compiled a few items that make the van life experience a little better. Related Posts One Year of Van … Read More

Tips to Have a Successful Travel Assignment

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Tips to Have a Successful Travel Assignment This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details So, you’re considering taking a travel healthcare position. It can be scary, and after hearing everyone’s tricks, tips, and horror stories you might even wonder if it’s worth it. Obviously, I am a little biased, but I think it’s totally worth it! Here … Read More

One Year of Van Life

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One Year of Van Life This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details In July of 2016, I picked up my new van from Southern California and headed north. A year later I find myself living full time in a van enjoying my last few weeks in Alaska. It has been a year of mistakes, fun, and learning. … Read More

How to Make the Most out of your Travel Assignment

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How to Make the Most out of your Travel Assignment This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details When you complete a travel assignment, you typically only have 13 weeks to live at your job location. This time will fly by faster than you think. It can be difficult to explore a new place in a short amount … Read More

My Vanlife Fails (so far)

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My Vanlife Fails (so far) This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details So far my blog has mostly featured positive aspects of living in a van. I think it’s time to share some not-so-great parts about living in a tiny van. Here are my biggest fails thus far and I’m sure there are many more to come. … Read More

AdVANture: California to Alaska

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AdVANture: California to Alaska This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details July 2016: “I hopped off the plane at LAX…” and picked up my new van/home. In two days I was on my way to Alaska (a measly 3,800 mile road trip) alone. I was certainly a little overwhelmed, but I had no choice to rethink because … Read More

How to Find Housing for your Travel Assignment

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How to Find Housing for your Travel Assignment This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details If you currently looking for a placement or are just considering a career as a travel healthcare worker and perhaps may not choose to live in a van/RV/something mobile, finding housing will be necessary for each assignment. It can be difficult to … Read More

Van Hygiene 101

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Van Hygiene 101  This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details Where do you shower? Wait, do you have a toilet in there?! So many questions about hygiene while living in a van, so let’s talk about it. Meeting daily hygiene tasks can definitely be a challenge for van life.  The fact that I work full time has … Read More

How to Pick a Travel Company

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How to Pick a Travel Company: For Traveling Healthcare Professionals This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details So you have decided to become a traveling healthcare professional ! Weee! Now what? Most traveling healthcare workers work with an agency, but there are SO many! How does anybody pick one? I wish I could tell you all that … Read More

How to Downsize

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How to Downsize This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure statement for details June 2016 I went from a two bedroom apartment to a living space less than the size of queen size bed. Soooo, I really had to downsize. Since I started traveling OT I really detested having a lot of “things” simply for the fact that I hate … Read More