LIVING the VANLIFE as DIGITAL NOMADS in a VW Westfalia (Utilitarian Vehicle)

LIVING the VANLIFE as DIGITAL NOMADS in a VW Westfalia (Utilitarian Vehicle)

I’m Emily. I’m Corey. And this is our van, Basha. ♫Music Playing♫ We’ve been on the road for five years.We were in Nicaragua on a surf trip and we actually ran into Foster Huntington.
He just kind of mentioned at one point, “you guys should check out this van
life thing. You guys would probably enjoy it.” At that point Emily was a
website developer. We had that ability to take work on the road. We were really
inspired by the simplicity of the lifestyle down there. Going with the flow
and being immersed in nature, being more disconnected from technology. It
began as like an experiment really. Can we work nine to five and merge that with
this like nomadic, adventurous lifestyle that we envisioned? We soon learned that it was definitely possible. We kind of look at work in two forms.
You can be a Digital Nomad where you’re working constantly, always checking in.
Or you get to compartmentalize your work and your travel, where you get
to work for a bit of time and then slowly focus on travel. Yeah and I think
that was one of our largest challenges in the first like three years. We had
to be connected all the time. As a web manager, anything can happen so you gotta like be there for your client. At this point I like being able to
compartmentalize I think. It’s a balance, to work really hard and then be able to go. ♫Music Playing♫ This is our 1987 VW Vanagon named Basha. It’s a Westfalia, full camper, pop-top, full
kitchen inside and it sleeps four people comfortably. Basha is a fairly modified
two wheel drive Vanagon. We have been working with GoWesty; we upgraded our
engine, which was a huge thing. When we did that we redid the cooling system, the
exhaust is stainless steel now, upgraded cooling pipes. We have bigger wheels and
tires. Fox suspension up on front. It’s a two
inch receiver hitch, but allows us to carry our hi-lift jack up here and
hopefully some sort of small dirt bike in the near future. To give us a little
shelter from sun and rain we have an ARB awning, bolts right on to the van. They
make like rooms for these and screen rooms too so you can really like outfit
yourself for some serious glamping. The pop top is just like one of the key
things that makes the Westfalia so noticeable and so amazing. Gives you
essentially an 8-foot ceiling for the cooking area. We’ve added a couple strut
systems that allows us to carry a full roof box. I can push it up and down
super easy by myself. David Harrison, Vanagon Life, makes these these vents
and this allows us this is actually auxiliary out to be wired up so we can
plug in different devices to get power out of our battery, and on the other
side the same vent lets us charge our battery with our solar panel. We have a
50 foot cord attached to this 100 watt flexible solar panels. One that GoWesty sells. The bumper setup that we have is made by GoWesty. This was a pretty big game-changer for us. So this allows us to carry three bikes. I can put
a third one over here. I also have my bike work stand there. On this side we
have our drinking water so we have four gallons outside, four gallons inside.
Spare wheel, beside the wheel there we actually carry snow chains. To have a
vehicle with this small of a footprint though you can put this much stuff on and still has like off-road capability which these things do. I mean the clearance
is super high you know having Fox suspension and bigger wheels and
all-terrain tires, they’re pretty unstoppable. This is another Vanagon Life product. It replaces the glass window and allows you to carry tools. You can also
put like max tracks and you could also put your hi-lift jack on this. I choose to have a shovel and an ax for the moment. Emily found out it’s the perfect spot for a hula hoop so my man zone kind of got taken over here. It’s all good though. This is actually a
shower that runs off our propane tank and off our 12-volt auxiliary battery.
This whole like shower unit fits in this little box, which is pretty sweet.
We bought the van like pretty much everything has like been touched or gone
over. This is like the last relic from the previous owner,
it’s a PA system and plays like animal sounds and sirens. *Cows Mooing* So that’s kind of creepy, for sure. ♫Music Playing♫ Welcome to the inside of my home, Basha. This is the downstairs bed and let me
show you what it does. Fold it up like this and then pop the couch up and have a
seat in the living room. I can swivel the table out. So this becomes the
office. It’s a really beautiful table that was made by a friend at San Diego
Urban Timber. When trees are taken down by the city or they fall due to a storm,
they come in and they take it and they divert the trees from the landfill and
they make functional art with it. We eat here. We eat dinner, we eat breakfast and lunch and work so love love love just truly love this table. I really really love this table. This is a Bose speaker and we have been using our…basically, this van is really old and everything is kind of broken and so we’ve only had one speaker and the speakers been on the right door and it like does weird things,
and often doesn’t work at all, and so we finally splurged a couple months ago and
bought a post speaker and it’s actually really amazing. So there’s two doors. This
is my door and this is Corey’s door. So when you hook the fruit basket we
wrap it around this post here and we hook into that loop. Underneath of the couch we have
more storage space. We have our battery to help jump the car and it also has a
compressor on it too. Let’s go this way. So we have a closet in here, but we
don’t actually access it through this door, we had an upgrade and got this
door here which is like a total game changer because we can actually get into
our closet. This is our closet, welcome to my closet and Corey’s closet. We have the
heater. This is our Propex heater dial. You turn it on, turn it to the right, and we
have heat. We didn’t have heat for the first three or four years on the road. We’ve got these lights. These lights are really great because they like, well first of all, they’re really great because they’re blue. They’re very portable so they can snap on anywhere. Let’s cruise around a bit of the van. Hmm here. This is the kitchen.
This is a cutting board right here. My dad actually made this for us and when we
travel and we drive, we store it behind the seat. And we swivel the arm around. It really helps to have this, like
ergonomically right, this is a little bit this is okay, but it’s better for us to sit here. Comfortable seat, really great for cooking, we can talk, we can cook. We have a two burner propane stove. We have an electric sink, we actually don’t have water in the tank right now so nothing is coming out. When we wash dishes, we dry them here. When we drive, we just lower the lid. Here, let’s go underneath of this thing actually. This is our blender. It’s a smoothie wand. It takes up very minimal
space and it’s very easy to use. You simply plug in…ta-daaaa. We have
a smoothie. Close the door. Oh food, food pantry. Here we go. This is the food pantry. We go grocery shopping when we’re traveling and not on the farm and eating food from the garden. We’re filling this about once a week. We do like a big grocery shop and get produce and stuff it full and Corey is
very, very good at packing. Okay, let’s go up top. Well, there’s
nowhere to really go, but this, this up here is the top. It’s the loft, it’s our second
story and right now it’s storage space because we’re living the farm life, but
we often sleep up here especially when it’s really hot at night. We sleep up here because there’s more ventilation. These windows zip down and really open up the airflow in here.
There’s one on the front and one on the side too. And, how do we actually make it into a bed? We, well we clear all this stuff off,
and we put it into the back over here and then we flip it down so it folds
down and becomes about maybe eight feet long and then we hoist ourselves up. So we like come over here, step on the refrigerator. In the summer we sleep more upstairs and the rest of the year down. Or if Corey and I really need some space from each other, one can be down, and one can be up. That’s a possibility too. ♫Music Playing♫ Anything is possible when you put your mind to it, and nothing is guaranteed. I would say like not waiting around, like taking charge of what you want to do in your life. We are creating this lifestyle for ourselves. We’re creating our worth.
And you really just got to be proactive and get out there and make it happen if
you want to live this lifestyle because there’s really no template. There’s no
Rule Book. You can have a lot of freedom and a lot of fun, but it definitely takes,
also takes, like preparedness and hard work. Go for it. Just do it. Stop thinking
about it. You’re always gonna have doubts that pop into your mind and that’s being human. So just keep moving and hold your vision and step forward. And it’s interesting to see we were born
in this time where it was like a really materialistic mindset and we’re
kind of going back the opposite way and I don’t know if that’s just because what
we saw when we were growing up. I think that happiness definitely wasn’t
found through those means and that happiness has nothing to do with, with material things.


  1. Nicely thought out set up, love your modifications and convenience adjustment in the Westy. You've made it about as functional and comfortable as possible for the vehicle size.

  2. ok..who doesn't appreciate a hot girl?? but even with that aspect, and a somewhat tricked out van, it still seems like a lifestyle you have to truly be prepared for,, the shitting in the woods or wherever..days on end without a hot shower.Cory and Emily seem like a pretty mellow couple but with the cramped conditions, does being in close proximity with one another all the time ever become an issue? and van life during winter months.. let's see a video on what that entails.. does traveling to the southernmost parts of the country during winter offer a solution or further problems/dangers?.a cool couple nonetheless..

  3. All the guys commenting about her rear end..yuck! You guys must like armpit hair and dirty nasty feet!!! how gross! Someone buy her a BIC razor to shave that jungle under her arms and wash those dirty bare feet!! How nasty! There is no excuse for being dirty! Even being on the road a person can be clean and well kept!

  4. What do you call that stovetop/sink set up, anyone ? I like it that it is all in one, like one big stove top / sink / cupboards underneath what would you call that?

  5. I really want to say that I like your van again I have a 97 SUV and I'm a single guy so it's it's me so it's all good but I don't have a lot of room but other than that the seats go all the way down and in fact I could put the back seats down to and then it would this be from the steering wheel all the way to the back of the door there room for a bit and I don't need all that so I just have the first seat go down by the driving steering wheel and then that's plenty for my height 5 8 tall so that's perfect it's a 6 cylinder engine so it's not bad on gas not getting gas but it's what I like and it's all good so I've been working on fixing it up making it better next beginning of next month I'll be getting that tune up for it well I got new tires on it and decide was doing a little little things just to better it so if it runs good I run good I always have to make sure the SUV first that's how I look at it song mist SUVs okay and it runs good then everything else is good if something's wrong with my SUV that it's all bad

  6. emily's closet is tiny, luckily she doesn't seem to like putting clothes on. no wonder she's a naturalist 😉

  7. I have the challenge of wanting to leave my job and try the exploring lifestyle. It’s just so hard to do. I’m 24 with no college degree yet I make 100K plus a year and full benefits and a $4600 a month retirement pension but I HATE my job and it gives me no life. I work 10-14 hours a day. I miss riding bikes and exploring.

  8. My YouTube Mantra… I see clickbait, I open clickbait, I do not watch clickbait, I click dislike on clickbait…. Shaka Brah

  9. “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” ~ Luke 12:15

    God created Earth and everything in it for the enjoyment of mankind so that we may inspire with awe on his glorious creation and loving gift. It's really sad how so many people chase the wrong things in life like riches, and materialistic things thinking that, that will bring them happiness. Happiness is finding the simple things in life. The spiritual things that God gave us to enjoy like a beautiful view, a night out stargazing, loving your wife, being immersed in nature and appreciating everything God gave us to mesmerize on his creation, like our five senses and especially the gift of life. The days we have on earth is like a passing shadow and so what's the point in seeking riches, power, and many possessions? For that isn't our purpose. God didn't create us to live that way…And one day when God makes everything straight again we will understand.

  10. So was this video about a van? Or her assests? She looks great and she is beautiful. But I got confused?!????

  11. Anyone else noticed how aware she was of the importance to get her butt in the shot? Dylan was obviously distracted aswell lol.
    Atleast he got a popular video and a wonderful thumbnail. Also it was a win for everybody so all the SJW gay boys can hush. All (female) butts matter.

  12. Really nice home you guys…I like it a lot. My camper is a true happy place, like your van. It's a pleasure to be on the road with people like y'all.

  13. Upgrades meaning they are getting free shit from companies.. Bro, this is like rich ppl follow me on Instagram.. sponsors give me free products van life. Rich people pretending to be hippies in a Van. I thought the point of Van life is to be unplugged from everything and you guys got like all the modern necessities and technology. You guys have more things than I have in my apartment. I can't stand this social media generation and everybody just does things to show off on the Internet. Because Van life is really this pretty and comfortable… posers.

  14. After watching some RV videos that cost the same as a house and being here now… This would be my reality if I buy one minus the cute girl.

  15. Very cool. Seems like a lot of stuff would get stolen in Latin America, though, particularly if mounted on the outside of the car.

  16. I was waiting Emily more than a van. What a gorgeous woman! I would travel with her even in the smaller vehicle for life!!

  17. "Happiness has nothing to do with material things" – Right at the end of a 12 minute video telling me all about their sweet Van…..

  18. ประเทศไทยทำแบบนี้โดนตำรวจจับ ฐานดัดแปลงรถ แม่งไม่สนเรื่องความคิดสร้างสรร คิดแต่จะจับอย่างเดียวแม่งถึงไม่ไปถึงไหนประเทศชาติ

  19. Wow! Beautiful lifestyle and amazing video, thanks for sharing with all of us! I was a struggling digital nomad but now I've settled into the lifestyle and having a blast!

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