A San Francisco couple uprooted their life in 2015 to take to the vast roads of America. As reported by Business Insider, Juliana Linder and Richmond Hollen decided to leave their pricey rentals in the city for something more rewarding.
In return, the two bought a van for $12,000 and began constructing their new abode. After converting the old Sprinter Van into a home on wheels, they loaded up their lives and began to drive across the country.
In an interview with She Explores, an adventure website for women, Juliana explained that the two had already begun to fantasize about ditching their expensive lifestyle in the city before dating. After meeting up, Richmond’s visions of surfing the coast and Juliana’s ideas of recreating the Steinbeck novel, “Travels with Charley,” began to meld together.
Their excursions led them through the pastoral coastlines of California, Oregon, and Mexico. Here, both Juliana and Richmond were able to live out their dreams, filling their time with activities like rock climbing and reading, as described by Business Insider.
Richmond also expressed to the news site that abandoning San Francisco for a more bohemian lifestyle has left him with a new perspective: “There’s no pressure. [You’re] learning to let be.”
Recording their journey on social media and their blog Home Sweet Van, the couple began to attract other wistful souls hoping to escape the city. The couple's Instagram has 128,000 followers and the nomadic duo has written their own book, hoping to give more insight into their travels.
While Juliana and Richmond carved their own path to happiness, those who are serious about doing the same can do so in just a few months. The couple has even recently announced that they are preparing to sell the original Sprinter Van that carried them across the country. So if you are hearing the whispers of nature calling your name, check out Home Sweet Van for inspiration on life on the road.