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Community Feature: Nat and Abi @vanlifepride

Nat and Abi @letsplayrideandseek are a married couple originally from Charleston, SC, USA. In 2019 they began their vanlife journey in their self-converted van that they lovingly named ToWanda. Many vanlifers can understand their story, which is one of the many reasons these two are so relatable. “The daily grind of working 40-50 hours a

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She’s got grit! Community Feature: Taylor & Trevor

Authors: Faren Rajkumar @faren_wanderer ; Taylor Jefferson @ayy_tay_tay ; Trevor Lately @trevorlately Introducing a fierce and visionary BIPOC climber & filmmaker duo, Taylor Jefferson (@ayy_tay_tay) and Trevor Lately (@trevorlately). They collaborated on a new short film titled “Grit” – documenting Taylor’s climbing journey and the BIPOC female experience in the climbing & outdoor adventure sphere.

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Community Feature: Toyin Ajayi

Written by Faren Rajkumar Introducing Toyin Ajayi @YourLifeAfter25, founder of the new app: Outdoorsy Black Women! The app launched in May 2021, and promises to be a welcoming, inspiring, and fun space for Black Women to learn, meet up, explore possibilities, and be safe. “I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, as a kid, I would

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Community Feature: Levy Shultz

Written by Faren Rajkumar . My name is Levy Shultz (@levydshultz on Instagram.) I am a 29-year-old Navy Veteran that loves to travel and see the beautiful things of the world. I have always valued time and the people around me over money. I strongly believe that you can always make more money, but you

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Returning To Earth

Environmentalism is rooted in social justice. It was created on the basis of achieving economic and racial justice. Environmentalism simultaneously includes protecting health conditions, empowering workers, fighting for Indigenous sovereignty, and protecting landscapes.

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Decolonize National Parks

There are now over 400 national park sites, covering 3.4% of the country. These parks were created only after the forced removal of Indigenous people by the US government. Seizures and broken treaties were put in place to deprive us of our homelands and rights.

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Water Harvesting

All living organisms on earth depend on water for survival, but our global water supplies are both dwindling and being polluted. As climate change continues to cause more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought, and an increase in duration and intensity of storm systems, we look to ways we can preserve our limited water sources. One important way is the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting.

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Join The No Trash Left Behind Campaign

Most travelers find ourselves on land that is not our original home. This is all Native Land, and the precious opportunity to explore and recreate on this land is a debt that must be repaid. Reparations and land acknowledgements are examples, but you can also do your part in a hands-on way. Participating in our #NoTrashLeftBehind campaign during Earth Month, and anytime you find yourself outside, is how you can begin to repay that land debt everyday.

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Understanding Your VanLife Electrical System – Part 1

How does electricity even work? How do I know How much electricity/ power I need?
How do I pick the size of my battery and inverter?
How much solar power will I need?

These are a few of the most common questions for those newer to vanlife!
The following sections will guide you step-by-step on how to master vanlife electricals!

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The Japanese art of forest bathing | Shinrin-Yoku 森林浴

Forest bathing is the practice of taking a leisurely walk in a forest for health benefits. The phrase ties back to Japan, popularized in the 1980s as a nod to Zen Buddhism and Shintoism. This practice was in response to rising illness in the overworked population, and was used to balance stress caused by extreme structure, overwhelming life conditions, and traumas caused by natural disasters (a rising issue related to climate change).

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Reimagining Environmentalism with Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah) is an intersectional environmental activist on a mission to dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement. Her personal platform Green Girl Leah was born out of a space that lacked representation of Black people in the outdoors and spoke to her passion for getting people started on their environmental justice journey.

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