Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

As we share our plans for the future with others, these are the top ten questions we hear first: 10.  What happens if…? The second clause of this question is usually different, but the answer is almost always the same: We’ll deal with it.  A million and one what-ifs exist, and we’re not going to … Read more

Hatchling sea turtles

Exploring has always seemed to be an itch we could never quite scratch.  Whether hiking in a nearby state park or navigating bus systems an eight hour flight away, we are captivated by the world around us in all of its chaos and beauty. Though no one has said it yet (thanks everyone), we can … Read more

About Our Crew

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in About - (0 Comments)
Ian at breakfast in Belize

I just asked Ian, who is frantically typing, deleting, rubbing his hands over his eyes, typing some more, rereading what he typed, staring at the wall, and again typing, if he was going to be writing my bio section as well when he was done with his.  My question was nonchalant but serious, and to … Read more

We Have Gone Social!

March 19th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in About - (0 Comments)

Vangabonds has officially gone social. So go ahead and follow us, like us, share us, recommend us, and subscribe to us. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell Obama, tell your dog. You can use the links below to check out our pages, and you can subscribe to receive new post notifications in the right … Read more


March 16th, 2012 | Posted by Ian and Brianna in About - (2 Comments)
Vangabonds Logo

Huge thank you to Jon Masterson for our boss new logo!  To learn more about Jon’s many talents, skills, projects, and services as a creative professional, you can check out his website at  He’s one tough mudder.  As for us, we are now logoed, and that’s pretty damn official.

Finding the Van

March 14th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (6 Comments)
Maya ate the library's copy of Consumer Reports Auto Guide 2011

So we’re van shopping.  In my dream world, we will find a ’71 VW Westfalia with 52,000 miles for $3500 that gets 40 miles to the gallon, is named “most reliable” by Consumer Reports, and has the perfect clearance, tires, and all wheel drive for any off-roading we might want – or have – to do. … Read more

Stuff and Things

March 7th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Six weeks ago we took an inventory of everything we own.  This has received a curious response from friends and family, somewhere between “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” and a blank stare that says they’ll need to process for a while before knowing how to respond.  Not that this is anything new to … Read more

Ode to a Dutchman

March 6th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in Inspiration | Odes - (0 Comments)

Riding in our little van on October 9th, 2010, were ourselves, two Brits, two Israelis, one Dutchman, one Guatemalan, one Mexican, and one Japanese guy with a guitar who spoke neither English nor Spanish. The ride was long and slow, beginning before dawn and ending just in time for a late lunch. After our second … Read more