Adventures in Wanderlust: Meet Matt and Josh @thevanwithnoplan June 18 2015, 0 Comments

Meet Matt and Josh. Two brothers, one van, traveling the country with no plan. They started in a 1992 Ford Econoline E-250 and just recently traded that (and 5 weeks of labor) for a shuttle bus, touring the states with no set destination. 35 states and counting so far!  They self-fund their inner wanderlust and travels by finding odd jobs everywhere they go. As if that's not cool enough, they have been focused on paying it forward along the way, volunteering everywhere they can. Their most current adventure? 7 individuals skateboarding from LA to NYC to create a film and raise $20,000 for teens with Cancer. Check out their interview below sharing their inspiration for the journey, their experience on the road, and some great advice on positive living. You can follow Matt and Josh as the document their adventure on IG @thevanwithnoplan or on Facebook at The Van with No Plan.

Matt and Josh - seriously, you guys rock! Thanks for sharing inspirational story with us!

Tell us a bit about your adventure…

TVWNP is two brothers that were raised in Montana by a single mother, and lived in California together for two years working sales jobs for multiple companies before even getting the idea to travel. We have been livin' on the road since November 2012. Getting involved (however that may be), skateboarding and exploring 35 states since we started our unplanned journey.  

What inspired or prompted it… 

Before living on the road we worked many sales jobs in Sacramento Ca. In order to haul more product and people, we bought a Ford van from a friend's dad. What really promted TVWNP was the $600 1992 Ford Econoline "Van Go". It never did get used for what we bought it for after finding out we can sleep comfortably on a weekend camping trip. within 3 weeks after that comfortable van-life weekend, we had most of our things sold and gave away the rest! 

What were you most looking forward to as you worked towards starting this adventure…

When you start traveling, or are working towards traveling, it is overwhelming to think about what you're looking forward to the most and the experiences you hope to have. Possibly because the possibilities are endless, or in your head there's just not enough time! But when it comes down to it, what we look forward to the most is simply meeting new people, and having new experiences. Which is what traveling, and vanlife is all about.

How did your friends and family react when you announed your journey?

We actually made our facebook page for friends and family so we didn't have to call everyone all the time, we could just post what were doing and how we are to make things easier. Everyone has been supportive of us this whole time, some worry about us but know that we can handle any situation that comes our way. We are brothers that have been through it all our entire life, and we may have no plan, but we are prepared for that.

Have you made any significant life changes to start/accommodate your adventure…

The only significant life change we have made and adjusted to is the fact that we live our life mobile now. Before TVWNP we had our own apartment in California working multiple sales jobs, home shows, door-to-door, things like that. We are good at finding work and were hardworkers, the only difference is now we do that on the road. Vanlife is a lot easier to do than one might think.

Share your favorite moment of your journey so far…

It is so hard to think about the favorite part of the journey. When thinking of something to even answer that question with, memories flood my head, and all i can do is laugh to myself. A couple things that come to mind is when we landed a job at Universal Studios in Florida. When we met Kurt and Rob Widmer at the Widmer Brothers Brewery, or even when we broke down in New York on New Years. From working on farms to gambling in Vegas, it's all apart of the trip in full, to try to take a "favorite moment" from what has been our adventures so far isn't possible.

What have you learned so far on this journey…

There is countless things we have learned while living on the road. When it comes to skills, since we are self-funded just from finding work, we have become really good interior/exterior painting and landscaping as it seems these are the most frequent jobs we find. We have also learned many things about farm work, construction, working events, commercial cleaning, etc. So as you can see we have taken away a lot of things from this adventure we now call life, but we have also learned much about ourselves these past couple of years.

What advice would you give to someone with a similar goal or dream…

The only advice we can give to someone with a goal to do something similar to what were doing is to STAY POSITIVE! The power of positivity is a powerful thing when you live on the road. If one thing goes wrong or not the way you "planned", there is always a bigger picture to what's going on around you, and if you go in with a negative attitude everything plays a small part in how it all comes together for you in future. You will never look back later and regret the negative things that happened to you, because without them you most likely wouldn't have got where you got and met the people you met while doing it. Not only do you take away memories from these experiences, but also a kickass story you get to share with friends and family.