✧ A Lonely Lakeside Campsite in Little Salmon River and Our Luxury #VanLifeGoals ✧

Milky Way in Little Salmon River, Idaho | North to South's VanLife Chronicles by Diana Southern

A hundred degrees. That was about the average daytime temperature we were dealing with when we drove through Idaho on the way up to Montana.

We were only three days on the road when we pulled in to camp next to this view for our first free night of vanlife camping.

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☆ Starry Nights with the Ones I Love ☆

We’re finally on the road after two months of work on the campervan, and after a long day of driving, we were ready to call it a day.

As Ian started cooking dinner, I took Tiger out for his last walk of the night, and when we turned back toward the van to head in, there was the Milky Way.

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North to South’s VanLife Chronicles

North to South's VanLife Chronicles | Adventures of Diana, Ian and Tiger in their luxury, self-converted Ford Transit campervan

We’ve been on the road for a week and a half now, and it’s time to start sharing our van adventures here on the blog.

If you’re wondering how the three of us (two people and our dog Tiger) are managing in our self-converted Transit campervan, then our new VanLife Chronicles series will tell you.

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5 Exciting New Additions to Our Van

5 Exciting Additions to Our Ford Transit Camper Van

It’s been a busy month! Ian and I haven’t done much adventuring since we’ve been completely absorbed in van building, but we’ve got some exciting new van build additions to share.

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Hanna Mia’s Icelandic Music and Storytelling: The best reviewed experience in Iceland lives up to its ratings

Icelandic Music and Storytelling with Hanna Mia

There’s a reason why Hanna Mia Brekkan’s Icelandic Music and Storytelling experience is the best rated Iceland experience on Airbnb. Higher in the ranks than snorkeling in Silfra and the most popular food and photo walks in Reykjavik is the intimate concert and conversation offered by Icelandic singer and songwriter Hanna Mia.

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[VIDEO] Camper Van Build Tour

Ford Transit campervan tour video | North to South
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Take a peek inside our 2017 Ford Transit camper van! Join us at the beach for a quick tour of our now officially camp-able van, and say hello to our dog Tiger (the real owner of the van).

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Camper Van Update: Our First Trip!

Ford Transit Campervan tour on North to South

It’s official! Our camper van is officially camp-able — albeit a bit incomplete.

Phase One of our van build is nearly finished, so this past weekend we decided to take our Ford Transit campervan out for a test camping trip! With just a few days remaining before our scheduled return to Chicago, we drove the van to both the beach and the desert for a brief but relaxing first trip.

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19 Books to Inspire You to Follow Your Dreams, Be Yourself, and Get Sh*t Done in the New Year

19 Books to Inspire You to Follow Your Dreams, Be Yourself, and Get Sh*t Done in the New Year | North to South

The start of a new year is the perfect time to get inspired. It gives us that fresh-start feeling we need to regroup and refocus on what’s important. Exploring a new place through travel is an exciting way to do that, but getting lost in a good book can be equally beneficial.

I’ve put a lot of thought into my goals for this year, and my 2019 reading list reflects my main goal of getting focused and staying true to me. Travel, organization, entrepreneurship, creativity, and embracing individuality are some key themes on my reading list this year.

If you, too, are aiming to follow your dreams, get sh*t done and stay true to yourself this year, perhaps there’s something here that will inspire you. Now, who’s ready to start reading? I know I am!

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Our Year in Review: New Heights, New Wheels, and a Refreshed Photography Focus [2018]

Our Year in Review 2018

Our first year of married life was filled with all sorts of new adventures! Photography, fitness, and furry friends all played key roles in our lives this year. A few spontaneous travel decisions made our year more interesting, and some very important bucket list achievements left us feeling pretty accomplished in 2018.

Without further adieu, let’s get started on our favorite post of the year: the annual recap of our lives and adventures of 2018!

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We Bought a Van! And this is our plan…

We Bought a Van! And this is our plan...

If you follow us on Instagram you already know, but for everyone else we’ve got big news.

A 2017 long-wheelbase high-roof Ford Transit van will be our new home on wheels for some road trip adventures in the new year!

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