A desert in the middle of the USA. As night falls, a sea of stars emerges from the firmament that is seldom seen elsewhere. In front of this scenery is a black van with a camera tripod on its roof. Then a woman with a cowboy hat gets out of the vehicle, followed by a big, snow-white, long-haired four-legged friend. The three are Nick, Maggie and their dog Pushkin. They have been living and working in their Sprinter for some time and have already travelled through 22 different US states.
How did it come to this? “We spent so much time traveling before we even had a van that we were wasting money on rent for a condo that was basically just used for storage while we were traveling. Moving into a van made perfect sense for our lifestyle,” explains Nick. They cleverly combine the pleasant with the useful: Nick works as a freelance photographer and blogger, while Maggie is a web developer. A mobile Internet connection allows them to pursue their activities in the van from any location. We have summarized additional tips and tricks for a workplace on two axes for you later on.
Nick is actually a geologist and photography was originally just a hobby. But after uploading some expressive pictures of their outdoor adventures on Instagram, some outdoor brands became aware of him and offered to work with him. His hobby became his profession, which since then has enabled them to cover their running costs.
Nick’s photo motifs include landscapes, outdoor activities, events and weddings. Often this also results in their next route. They plan to continue their journey in Minnesota to attend the weddings of a few friends. If there are no photo shoots at fixed locations on the schedule, they decide according to their mood where they want to go next: “We base our travels on what we want to see (waterfalls, mountains, stars, etc.) We also have to take into account how warm our destinations are due to the fact that our dog needs cooler temperatures.”
We found the couple not on Instagram, but on YouTube. Here, too, they are active with their channel called “Drifting House”. On this channel, they share impressions of their travels and also give useful tips, such as how to earn money on the road. On top of that, they lead their community through their van. They bought the Sprinter in California two years ago and then had it converted by a specialist company into a camper van. “We wanted a large van that was also fuel efficient, the handling is great for a vehicle of this size,” reports Nick.
And what does travelling around in a van mean to you? “Seeing something new, anything new, creates a childlike wonderment that is hard to describe and extremely addicting,” explains Nick with a smile.
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