Lee was your typical Canadian university graduate, about to enter adult life and work 40 hours a week. Then, one visit to Australia changed her life forever.
On a post-university trip to Australia, Lee met Max, a local paramedic, and adventurer. They immediately clicked and decided to go backpacking together for 5 weeks. When the trip came to an end, they both knew they were destined to spend their lives together and travel the world.
It was finally time for Lee to go back home to Canada, and Max decided to join her. They knew it was just another stop on their journey, not their final destination, but they had to work on a plan. They decided to join the ever-growing movement of “van lifers”, adventurers who travel the world in a van. That bought an old used van for 10k Canadian dollars and spent another 11K dollar on renovations. It took a whole year to get the van ready for the road.
Once the van was ready, they packed their few belongings, took their Australian Shepherd Occy and hit the road. So far they’re traveled across Canada, spent a few months in the US, then traveled through Mexico for six months. They’ve traveled through South America, and are now back in the States for another tour!
Life in a van isn’t all good all the time. It’s crowded, you have to think about every single purchase, and traveling can get pretty hectic. Max and Lee aren’t shy about that – they share their dark moments with their fans, as well as the nice ones. But at the end of the day, it seems to work for them. Living with less stuff and not being held down by a 9-5 work, mortgages and bills can be freeing – and freedom is just what they’re about.