**Name Change** As you can see my lovely people, I've had a change in IG name to @wildbonde - It's still me, Jess, still epic adventures, still my cosy van, and still doing my best to bring my best and most favourite images to you!
Thanks for all of the support so far guys, and I hope you're all sticking around to see more of what's to come 😊🙌
P.S - I ran a little print offering a month or two back for whoever came up with a good name change option... As far as I'm aware no one came up with @wildbonde but if you did and I happened to miss it please let me know and I'll go recheck your entries ✌️️
Today is a big day! It’s been 100 days since I first set out in this rickety plumber’s van. Somehow it hasn’t broken down after travelling nearly 17,000kms across all of Canada’s provinces (wohoo!!). And this isn’t even the end of the trip—I loaded my van with the things I care about most and still intend to find a town or city in BC to settle in. It’s quite the milestone for me because it surprisingly feels like the time has absolutely flown by. And you know what they say, “Time flies when you’re living in a van!” Wisdom for the ages…
I wasn’t sure what the outcome of a trip like this would look like; would I get bored or lonely? Would it be underwhelming? Would I miss having a home and a regular schedule? I couldn't know the outcome but I was clear on my intentions on this adventure. I wanted to experiment in extended solo travelling, getting away from screens and into nature, living in a tiny, mobile space with few possessions, getting to know complete strangers, and experiencing life in different towns and cities across our country. For anyone following along, I’m happy to report that it’s been a great success.
It became clear within about a month that for everything I deprived myself off, I gained right back (and sometimes twofold or more) in other areas. For 100 days, I haven’t had running water, a private washroom, or regular showers (thank god for lakes & oceans). I don’t have ready access to a TV or Netflix, a kitchen to cook in, or even an Internet connection to do, well, everything with. I’m experiencing what it’s like to live without my close friends nearby, to sleep in a new and foreign place every night, and to not have those nice relaxing nights on the couch where you get to veg out and watch Love It or List It.
But it’s amazing when you learn what you really need. We seriously don’t need much at all. And, to the contrary, it doesn’t feel like deprivation; it feels more like comfortable freedom. I’ve given up a lot to try out this lifestyle, but it’s given back even more. [CONT. in the comments because apparently I've got a mouth full...]
First day of fall🍁and i didn't go to school again, i'm so glad😁.
Now i have time for making pumpkin soup.
روز اول پاییزہ 🍁 و من از اينکه نباید برم مدرسه هر سال جشن میگیرم😁.
این کدو حلوایی ها رو از یه مزرعهدار نازنین هدیه گرفتم و میخوام یه سوپ کدو حلوایی درست کنم، که خیلی دوست دارم😋.
پ.ن این که تو دستمه کدو سبزه ( البته این زرده) که به این بزرگیه این کدوها رو امسال برای اولین بار دیدم.
شما تا حالا کدو بہ این بزرگی دیدہ بودین؟
After being on the road for a bit, swimming becomes a daily thing. Stoked on this summer, proud to say I didn't waste a day.
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We tend to treat every summer like it's our last one on the road.
Not that it's ever been true. We don't have plans to live any other way (though we do dream of building ourselves a tiny cabin someday). For some reason, during the holy months of June through September, we go at it like it's the only summer we've got...roads that never end, trails that lead to waterfalls...we go, see, be.
Guess we want to know in our hearts that if we make it to be old and grey, we grasped these precious moments of freedom in our fists, that we never let go of our big old dreams, cuz in a world like this you don't want to take even a moment for granted.
A couple years ago we were advised that we should focus on high-yield investments.
So we bought a van and started camping more often.
This is how we measure a good rate of return.
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The best way to kick off a busy day is with a cup of tea - lemongrass tea I brought back from Thailand in this case. I grew up in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea and in both places, my mum grew lemongrass outside our house. I can still picture her heading out early in the morning with a pair of scissors to cut a handful of the blades which she'd throw into a pot of boiling water to make tea. When we decided to move into our Sprinter, my mum painted us a darling set of mugs as a van warming gift that I've used to continue my daily tea drinking ritual in our new home. 📸 : @wandering.woods
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While I was working on that custom van painting that I posted at the start of the week, I shot some footage here and there of my process. This is sped up to 3x, but if you'd like to see this in real time, head over to my YouTube page for the longer video 😊 Also what do you guys think about the different video style? Usually I just do a still camera on a tripod? Do you prefer that, or do you like both types?
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