🐾 A Day in the VanLife of Tiger: The Importance of Routine 🐾

A Day in the VanLife of Tiger: The Importance of Routine

I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky dog. The only things that really stress me out are (1) loud noises and (2) not having a chance to poop when nature calls… and strangers entering my van… and anyone coming too close to my mom. (I guess I can be a little overprotective.) But really, those first two are my main stress triggers.

Since loud noises are pretty uncommon, number 2 is really the only stressor we need to worry about, and we easily avoid it by sticking to a routine.

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A cozy place, but not just anywhere

Cozy Ford Transit Campervan in the forest at Silver Springs Campground, Washington

Our van is super cozy, especially when we’re in the upstairs bed loft. But being comfortable and cozy while campervanning isn’t as easy as it might seem. We rarely like to fully plan our travels, usually opting for spontaneity when possible. But when it comes to vanlife, that can create some real problems. 

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🐾 The Dog-Friendly Features of Our New Campervan 🐾

The Dog-Friendly Features of Our Campervan | northtosouth.us

Hey, guys. I’m Tiger, and since I’m the whole reason my parents decided to do vanlife, I wanted to introduce myself and tell you about some of my favorite dog-friendly features of my new van.

Campervanning with a big and fairly old wise dog like me requires some extra planning and considerations, so we made a lot of choices to make vanlife easier for all of us.

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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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[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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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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How to Successfully “Wing It” on Your Campervan Trip in New Zealand, Plus Our 3-week “Itinerary”

How to Successfully NOT Plan Your Campervan Trip in New Zealand on northtosouth.us

We’ve learned from experience that creating a definitive schedule for a road trip is pretty silly, and since camping without planning is an easy thing do in New Zealand, we approached our 3-week campervan trip with no campground reservations and vague plans to explore the country from north to south. With the assistance of the Camping NZ App and recommendations from several local contacts, we decided what to do and where to stay as we went.

In the three weeks we spent in New Zealand, we drove entirely around both the North and South Island, experiencing some of the best New Zealand has to offer — without receiving a single infringement along the way. Here we share our guidelines for an unplanned, yet well prepared, campervan trip in New Zealand. And at the bottom of this post, you’ll find our “un-itinerary” — the unscheduled list of places we stayed and things we discovered along the way. Continue reading