The Wayward Home Podcast

The Wayward Home Podcast

Explore nomadic living with Kristin Hanes, who splits her time between a campervan in the U.S. and on a sailboat in Mexico. Learn how to work remotely, downsize and transition your lifestyle to full-time travel, whether you want to live the van life, go RVing, or live on a boat. Do you dream of exploring national parks in a campervan or an RV, or living on a sailboat in remote tropical coves? Do you want to ditch your mortgage and 9-5 day job for van life and don't know where to start? You're in the right place!


December 27, 2023 37 mins

In this episode of The Wayward Home podcast, host Kristin Hanes interviews Eddie from the Vanabond Tales blog about his experience transitioning from van life to sailboat life.

Eddie and his wife Kelly started out in van life, traveling through South America in a van they purchased, then building out their own van to continue adventures in Mexico. When Covid hit, they got stuck in Australia and decided to check sailboat living off t...

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Feeling connected while living a nomadic lifestyle can be challenging. In this episode, solo female van lifer Courtney Stevenson shares her best tips for combating loneliness and finding community on the road.

Courtney talks about how she leveraged social media connections to find and befriend fellow nomads online when she first started out. She then eventually met some of these internet friends in person while traveling. ...

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Running a business on the road as a digital nomad can be incredibly rewarding, but also confusing when it comes tax time. Our guest today, Heather Ryan aka The Tax Queen, breaks down key tax tips for nomadic entrepreneurs.

Heather discusses making the leap from full-time RVer to international traveler, all while running her own business. She explains crucial mistakes that nomadic business owners often make when first getting started...

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An Instagram-worthy van only goes so far - you need it to be functional and reliable for an enjoyable van life.  Our guest, Kristen Bor from the popular outdoor and vanlife blog Bearfoot Theory, has lived on the road for 7 years and undergone 3 different van builds. She shares the nightmare experience of her first van build and the tough lessons she learned about hiring a custom van conversion company. 

Kristen walks us t...

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Want to turn your nomadic dreams into a reality without breaking the bank? Our guest, van builder and YouTuber Nate Murphy, has spent four years living the van life and boasts 18 years of experience building products, houses, and tiny homes on wheels. Join us as Nate shares his stories, challenges, and the joy of crafting your own space.

We discuss the intimidating aspects of van building, including handling electrical and...

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Imagine traveling the world in your camper van... and you never have to fill up the gas tank!  In this week's episode, Kristin sits down with Sam Shapiro, CEO of the electric RV startup Grounded. Sam shares how the idea for Grounded was sparked after he converted his own van during COVID and traveled around the country for 6 months, constantly frustrated by issues with the gas engine and lack of available power.


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Are you ready to save money and live the van life?  In this week's episode, I'll share my personal budget for life on the road, as well as some money-saving hacks I've discovered along the way.

Of course, expenses for nomadic living can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, just as they can in any living situation.  But the beauty of van life is how flexible and customizable it is.  And you have the sign...

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Have you wanted to travel to Baja in your campervan but just not sure how safe it is? What documents do you need? How easy is it to find campsites?

We take a deep dive with van lifer Brooke Alexander, who drove Baja in her campervan last winter and is planning another trip this year.

We navigate through the nitty-gritty, like border crossings, military checkpoints, and Mexico's indispensable FMM card. B...
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In this third and final episode of the Nomad Newbie series, we're diving deep into connections - how to make them, maintain them, and tips for getting connected from anywhere.

First, we cover the ins and outs of maintaining a reliable internet connection while living a nomadic lifestyle with Cherie and Chris of RV Mobile Internet Resource Center. We'll start by identifying your specific needs, whether you'r...

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October 25, 2023 11 mins

Ready to lighten your load, both physically and mentally? In the second installment of the Nomad Newbie Series, we tackle downsizing - the first but often one of the hardest steps to transitioning to a life of freedom.

With the help of two special guests, we share tips and advice for letting go of your possessions.  Chris DeCroce, a former Nashville homeowner turned sailboat resident,  successfully severed his emotional at...

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Introducing the Nomad Newbie series, where we've compiled some of the top tips from our guests on the hottest topics for aspiring nomads. Our topic this week is how to earn an income to support your nomadic lifestyle.

This episode guides you through all of the options available to full-time travelers - from finding remote work, to becoming an entrepreneur on the road, to workamping. First, we hear from full-time RVer ...

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What if you could ditch your 9-5 job, turn your passion into your career, and live life on the road? If you've ever wondered how to break into the world of photography to support your nomadic lifestlye, our guest, Quin Schrok,  has  you covered.

Listen to Quin's inspiring story from when he left his job as a corporate accountant to  travel across  North America in his 1999 Toyota Corolla while learning the craft,...

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Join me in this special episode recorded in Italy as I explore the stunning Dolomites, also known as the Italian Alps.  Get an insider's look into my rental Road Surfer camper van, affectionately named the Cozy Cottage, as well as a rundown of the various camping options in Europe - from free, full service rest stops (called sostas in Italy) to luxury private campgrounds complete with wellness spa features.

The Dolomi...

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Want to live life on the road but don't know where to start?  Our  guest, Katie Larson from So, We Bought a Van, is here to share her wealth of experiences and insights as a seasoned full-time van lifer. Not only will she guide you through the practical aspects of choosing the right van and finding free campsites, but also the nuances and challenges that come with full-time van life.

Nomadic living isn't just abo...

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Ever dreamt of selling everything and hitting the open road? Digital nomad and travel blogger Deborah Dennis did just that. This fearless world traveler decided it was time to explore her home country so she packed up her life, her two dogs, and her Airstream travel trailer, and started a journey across the country.

Our conversation with Deborah is a deep dive into the realities of solo travel. Deborah candidly discusses ...

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How do you know when it's time to  leave life on the road behind and settle in to a home base? Tune in as we sit down with the adventurous duo, Joe and Kait Russo, who recently embarked on their journey from being nomadic wanderers to homeowners after six years of traveling full time. They share their experience of what it was like to initially start life on the road, when they realized it was time for them to transition back ...

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This week we're joined by Katie and Ben Zweber, the adventurous duo behind the popular travel blog, Two Wandering Soles, as they share their incredible experiences of exploring the world with their baby, Juniper. From the comfort of their custom-built camper van, to backpacking and flying overseas as a family, they have aimed to make the world their baby’s playground.

We hear about how Katie and Ben customized their c...

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Ever wondered how to maintain a digital lifeline while leading a nomadic lifestyle? Envision the freedom of living on a sailboat or campervan, while still running an online business. My secret? The potent combo of a Visible cell phone hotspot and Starlink satellite internet. I'll break it down, exploring why Visible's $45 plan is perfect for me, and how it unlocks access to the 5G network and cross-border connectivity in ...

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What's it like to swap the nomadic freedom of van living for the bricks and mortar security of a house? As I temporarily exchange my van life for house life, I've encountered an array of emotions and hurdles. The transition hasn't been smooth sailing— navigating my way from sleeping under the stars to being confined within four walls can be challenging, especially during a blistering heatwave.

You don't...

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Ready to transform your van into a dreamy home on wheels? We're bringing you something special with Steven Stolp, a pro in campervan conversions, who lays out the roadmap to help you envision and create your ideal van space. In our chat, he unveils the benefits of preplanning your layout,  prioritizing your must-have features, and the unique edge you gain by sketching out your interior design with masking tape. And for those w...

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