Van Life Cross Country California to Florida

Our vanlife road trip from California to Florida led us through some very diverse and amazing landscapes. We loved hiking the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma Arizona, camping out in the Sonoran Desert and hiking in beautiful Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona and at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

We camped in our van on BLM land (public land), in various public parking lots in California and New Orleans and stayed on an organic fruit orchard in Austin, Texas through Harvest Hosts.

Harvest Hosts is a program that allows for free overnight camping at participating farms, breweries, wineries, distilleries, museums and golf clubs for a small annual membership fee. For more info visit the Harvest Hosts website: http://harvesthosts.refr.cc/wandergreen

While at Austin Orchards, we had the honor to interview Jason Sawyer the manager of the orchard who talked to us about sustainable and eco-friendly farming and how he makes Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce and Jams: https://youtu.be/pZghUa6B5-s

During our road trip we enjoyed some delicious vegan food in Los Angeles and San Diego California, Tucson Arizona, Austin Texas and New Orleans Louisiana. These were our favorite vegan-friendly restaurants during the trip:

The Butcher’s Daughter, Los Angeles
Cafe Gratitude, Los Angeles
Jyoti-Bihanga, San Diego
World Curry, San Diego:
Govindas Natural Foods Buffet, Tucson
Tumerico, Tucson
The Beer Plant, Austin
Counter Culture, Austin
Bouldin Creek Cafe, Austin
Veggie Heaven, Austin
Sweet Soulfood, New Orleans

This video completes our 7 month long roadtrip from Florida through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and back to Florida. We were happy to spend a couple of month during winter and spring of 2019 in the Sunshine State and switch from van life to living in our travel trailer for a bit. Stay tuned for more adventures!

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Scenic Los Angeles and San Diego On the Road

After spending the winter in Las Vegas we made our way to Los Angeles where we spent a week exploring the area and getting some work done. We loved walking through Santa Monica and Venice Beach and took long walks along the different beaches. LA is vegan heaven and we enjoyed some amazing plant-based meals at The Butcher’s Daughter, Cafe Gratitude, and Roeckenwagner Cafe.

We then made our way along the scenic highway to San Diego and did a couple of hikes with stunning views at Crystal Cove State Park and Torrey Pines State Reserve. San Diego was surprisingly easy for vanlife and we found that Fiesta Island is the perfect spot for boondocking on the water while still being close to the downtown area. We especially loved the waterfront, the colorful murals at Chicano Park and watching the sunset from the Sunset Cliffs.

We filled our bellies at the vegan-friendly restaurants Jyoti-Bihanga, Plant Power and World Curry and there are a plentitude of plant-based restaurants that we did not get a chance to try. Maybe next time, because San Diego is definitely on our list to visit again!

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Vanlife Valley of Fire State Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada Boondocking and Camping

Boondocking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and camping at Valley of Fire State Park are one of our favorite places to enjoy the Nevada USA desert near Las Vegas!


We got stuck in the sand at Lake Mead and were so grateful for the group of overlanders from Germany who also camped out nearby at the Lake. They helped us out to get our van out of the loose sand. Other than that it was a very peaceful couple of days of dry camping at Lake Mead and at the nearby Valley of Fire State Park where we also enjoyed a couple great hikes.

Valley of Fire State Park Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park Nevada

Boondocking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is free with an annual America The Beautiful Pass and Valley of Fire State Park has first-come, first-served only sites.

Check out their regulations and info here:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/upload/LAKE-Brochure-Map-2014.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire

Music credit for this video: Written In Stone by Dayon, Summer Cosy 7 by Anders Ekengren, Goodbye Memory Lane by Martin Carlberg

Our Gear used in this Video:

Our Favorite Dry Camping and Boondocking Gear:
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Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Vanlife and Full Time Travel Gear:
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