HALFWAY DONE!!! My Bus Conversion Adventure

So I’m about halfway done with my bus conversion process and boy has it been an adventure! Here’s a breakdown of the steps I’ve finished, the money I’ve spent, and what I have left to do! The steps I’ve finished: Step 1: Planning and Research So I started out this adventure with some basic research.Continue reading “HALFWAY DONE!!! My Bus Conversion Adventure”

Living in a Bus Step 6: Electricity

One of the major hurdles I’ve had to overcome is how to do the electricity.  There’s a plethora of articles and YouTube tutorials regarding how to set up electricity in a converted bus or van, but a lot of it is over my head.  I’m no expert in electricity, but I want this very importantContinue reading “Living in a Bus Step 6: Electricity”

Living in a Bus Step 5: Flooring and Framing

Before I can do the electrical, I need to have the flooring and the framing in place.  Originally, I wanted recovered barn wood as the flooring because I think it just looks so rustic and cool. However, the length between the floor and the ceiling is just barely over 6 feet which means a traditionalContinue reading “Living in a Bus Step 5: Flooring and Framing”

The Art of Travel Hacking

A question I keep getting asked is how I plan to pay for my bus conversion process.  So far the only money I’ve spent was the $5000 for the bus and roughly $120 to get it inspected and properly licensed, but now I’ve got to compile a list and make a budget for all theContinue reading “The Art of Travel Hacking”

Living in a Bus Step 4: Clean, Gut, and Design a Layout

The weather is finally warm enough for me to get some work done on the bus! I’m hoping to get this project done by the end of Spring 2018, but with this cold spell, it’s been impossible to do anything.  The project itself can be a little overwhelming, but I keep reminding myself; one stepContinue reading “Living in a Bus Step 4: Clean, Gut, and Design a Layout”

Living in Saudi Arabia: Expectations vs Reality

I finished my third year in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia a few years ago and it was quite a trip.  I started out at a very stressful vocational school and finished at a much nicer, well-established university.  I had a lot of preconceived ideas about what my time in Saudi Arabia would beContinue reading “Living in Saudi Arabia: Expectations vs Reality”

Living in a Bus Step 2: Develop a Basic Guide

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m pursuing a lifelong goal of mine: to make my home inside a vehicle. And guess what? I’ve found my dream bus! I feel like the hard part’s over. After extensive searching and shopping, I decided that what I really wanted was a short bus or shuttle bus toContinue reading “Living in a Bus Step 2: Develop a Basic Guide”

Living in a Bus Step 1: Research and Planning

I recently decided to pursue one of my life-long dreams: living out of a vehicle.  I’ve been toying with the idea for years, and now that I have the funds saved up and the freedom to do so, the time has come to seriously explore the option.  I’m currently doing the research necessary to makeContinue reading “Living in a Bus Step 1: Research and Planning”

Do you keep a travel journal?

My first long-term experience abroad was during a study away program in 2009.  I went to Ecuador with a small group of college students who were learning Spanish.  It is by far one of the best experiences abroad I’ve had. Unfortunately, I didn’t bother to keep a journal of my experiences and now I’ve forgottenContinue reading “Do you keep a travel journal?”

What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?

I’m speaking mostly from personal experience when I say that if you want to learn a foreign language, the only real way to do so is to go to a country that speaks that language and immerse yourself in it.  Of course, I’m sure there’s plenty of conflicting research with lengthy lists of teaching methodologyContinue reading “What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?”