Time: 12:40 AM.


Location: Really nice neighborhood next to a park by the beach, filled with mansions and residents suspicious of non-luxurious vehicles and vehicles over 7ft high.


Attire: Under garments.

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Van hacks

Now that we’ve been living in a van for almost four weeks, we’ve learned a few tricks and tips. Here’s what we know so far:

1. Free Wi-Fi.

It’s necessary and wonderful. Good Wi-Fi can be found in public libraries and Coffee Beans. Bad Wi-Fi can be found at Barnes & Noble. Unless, of course, Barnes & Noble wants to pay me to say otherwise….because why wouldn’t they want to sponsor a blog about bumming off their free Wi-Fi?


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Stealing from a bum



Saturday morning, with no where else to go, I decided to finally take my road bike out for a long 15 mile ride. I was so proud of myself. I was doing it –embracing life, getting out, exercising, taking exercising selfies, the works…because the alternative was sitting in a hot van. Desperate times, desperate measures I guess.

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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about living in a van.

1. “Why do you live in a van?”

This is a complicated answer. I’m not sure we’ve really thought it all the way through. Probably shouldn’t admit that. But the truth is it’s a lot of factors that added up perfectly to “live in a van.”:

  • for the last 3 years we’ve both been commuting in L.A. traffic and that’s enough to make anyone do something crazy.
  • we have to drive at least 30 minutes (that’s no traffic) to the beach and we’re too cheap to pay to live closer. Living in L.A., and not going to the beach all the time is embarrassing and ungrateful.
  • we’re gone all day at school and work. We get home and crash. And to get home and crash costs hours in drive time and $1200 in monthly rent for a one bedroom apartment. Uh, no thanks.
  • we couldn’t really commit to any new living quarters with Levi moving back East for medical school rotations for half the year, and Andy not sure where she’d be/what she’d be doing during that time.
  • we love a good story/adventure and this seemed too perfect. Plus since we can’t tell our grandkids we lived through WWII, we can tell them we lived through homelessness.
  • we’re both pretty physically low maintenance, so it just seemed like not that big of a deal.
  • I dream of writing editorials professionally, and thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out and add it to my portfolio.
  • there wasn’t really a huge risk. The van cost us…ready for it? $2600! Plus some registration and insurance. Pretty low risk. And it’s a great van. We know it will resell quickly. If it’s awful, we’ll just stop. If it’s great, we’ll keep doing it.
  • We’re cheap bastards.

2. “Where do you shower?”

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Woes from a morning bladder

“I’m uuuup…”

“No seriously, I’m up. Let’s go. Potty time.”

“…What do you mean there’s no potty.”

“WAIT? No. There is no waiting.”



-Morning bladder in the van