66 episodes

Explore nomadic living with Kristin Hanes, who splits her time between a campervan in the U.S. and on a sailboat in Mexico. Learn how to work remotely, downsize and transition your lifestyle to full-time travel, whether you want to live the van life, go RVing, or live on a boat. Do you dream of exploring national parks in a campervan or an RV, or living on a sailboat in remote tropical coves? Do you want to ditch your mortgage and 9-5 day job for van life and don't know where to start? You're in the right place!

The Wayward Home Podcast Kristin Hanes

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Explore nomadic living with Kristin Hanes, who splits her time between a campervan in the U.S. and on a sailboat in Mexico. Learn how to work remotely, downsize and transition your lifestyle to full-time travel, whether you want to live the van life, go RVing, or live on a boat. Do you dream of exploring national parks in a campervan or an RV, or living on a sailboat in remote tropical coves? Do you want to ditch your mortgage and 9-5 day job for van life and don't know where to start? You're in the right place!

    66: Van Life vs Sailboat Life - The Best of Both Worlds?

    66: Van Life vs Sailboat Life - The Best of Both Worlds?

    In this episode of The Wayward Home podcast, host Kristin Hanes interviews Eddie from the Vanabond Tales blog about his experience transitioning from van life to sailboat life.
    Eddie and his wife Kelly started out in van life, traveling through South America in a van they purchased, then building out their own van to continue adventures in Mexico. When Covid hit, they got stuck in Australia and decided to check sailboat living off their bucket list.
    They ended up falling in love with sail life, purchasing a 29-foot boat in Croatia. Eddie shares the learning curve of sailing as beginners, having to dock repeatedly for 10 days straight to get the hang of maneuvering their new boat.
    Kristin and Eddie compare notes on the differences between van life and sail life - the sense of space, costs, finding community, and facing the elements. They agree both lifestyles have their pros and cons, and complement each other well.
    Eddie has continued doing some van trips between sailing seasons. He offers advice for van lifers considering switching to sailboats - overcoming fears around storms, seasickness, and learning to sail.
    Kristin and Eddie remark on how rewarding it is to be self-sufficient and explore beautiful, remote areas by wind power. Listen in and be inspired to explore the world, whether on the roads or on the waves.

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    • 37 min
    65: Finding Your People: Building Community on the Road

    65: Finding Your People: Building Community on the Road

    Feeling connected while living a nomadic lifestyle can be challenging. In this episode, solo female van lifer Courtney Stevenson shares her best tips for combating loneliness and finding community on the road.

    Courtney talks about how she leveraged social media connections to find and befriend fellow nomads online when she first started out. She then eventually met some of these internet friends in person while traveling. Courtney explains how attending van life gatherings and events is one of the best ways to meet fellow wanderers. She discusses some popular events like Descend on Bend and the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous.

    We also chat about the pros and cons of seasonal travel and how winter brings more interactions by nature while summer allows for more exploration and independence. Courtney weighs in on the need to find balance between community and solitude, even as an extrovert. She also talks about dealing with loneliness amidst the highs and lows of van life. 

    Whether you’re a solo traveler looking to make road friends or a couple hoping to connect with other nomadic pairs, this episode covers actionable tips for combating isolation. Tune in to hear Courtney’s hard-won advice after 3+ years living in her van.

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    Want to live the van life but have no idea where to start? My FREE Van Life Starter kit has specs and measurements on 10 different vans, van buying and build ideas, remote work ideas and websites I use to find free campsites.Download it here: https://thewaywardhome.lpages.co/van-life-starter-kit-podcast/
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    • 36 min
    64: Taxes for Nomads: Tips from the Tax Queen

    64: Taxes for Nomads: Tips from the Tax Queen

    Running a business on the road as a digital nomad can be incredibly rewarding, but also confusing when it comes tax time. Our guest today, Heather Ryan aka The Tax Queen, breaks down key tax tips for nomadic entrepreneurs.
    Heather discusses making the leap from full-time RVer to international traveler, all while running her own business. She explains crucial mistakes that nomadic business owners often make when first getting started, like not tracking expenses properly or failing to open a separate business bank account.
    Heather shares surprising write-offs she’s seen clients attempt, clarifies rules around deducting travel expenses for content creators, and offers advice on business entity structures. She also provides suggestions for affordable bookkeeping software to use.
    Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, or solopreneur, this episode sheds light on handling finances and taxes for your nomadic enterprise. Tune in to pick up Heather’s best tips!

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    Want to live the van life but have no idea where to start? My FREE Van Life Starter kit has specs and measurements on 10 different vans, van buying and build ideas, remote work ideas and websites I use to find free campsites.Download it here: https://thewaywardhome.lpages.co/van-life-starter-kit-podcast/
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    • 32 min
    63: Red Flags to Watch Out For When Hiring a Van Builder with Kristen Bor of Bearfoot Theory

    63: Red Flags to Watch Out For When Hiring a Van Builder with Kristen Bor of Bearfoot Theory

    An Instagram-worthy van only goes so far - you need it to be functional and reliable for an enjoyable van life.  Our guest, Kristen Bor from the popular outdoor and vanlife blog Bearfoot Theory, has lived on the road for 7 years and undergone 3 different van builds. She shares the nightmare experience of her first van build and the tough lessons she learned about hiring a custom van conversion company. 

    Kristen walks us through the most important considerations when hiring a van conversion company. First, learn what to look out for in a builder, from asking for references to examining their work firsthand. Kristen stresses the importance of getting educated on van systems beforehand so you can assess builders’ expertise, and to make sure their construction approach matches your planned van use.

    We also compare notes on the many van builds we've each experienced, uncovering some key insights on features, materials, and components that might look good but do not always hold up for real life on the road.  This episode will not only equip you with the necessary insights for a successful van build but also avoid the potential pitfalls in the process.

    Links mentioned in this episode:
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    Want to live the van life but have no idea where to start? My FREE Van Life Starter kit has specs and measurements on 10 different vans, van buying and build ideas, remote work ideas and websites I use to find free campsites.Download it here: https://thewaywardhome.lpages.co/van-life-starter-kit-podcast/
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    • 44 min
    62: The Secret to Zero-Cost Van Life with Van Builder Nate Murphy

    62: The Secret to Zero-Cost Van Life with Van Builder Nate Murphy

    Want to turn your nomadic dreams into a reality without breaking the bank? Our guest, van builder and YouTuber Nate Murphy, has spent four years living the van life and boasts 18 years of experience building products, houses, and tiny homes on wheels. Join us as Nate shares his stories, challenges, and the joy of crafting your own space.

    We discuss the intimidating aspects of van building, including handling electrical and gas systems, and how you can approach these hurdles. Nate introduces the concept of 'zero cost van life,' explaining how selecting the right van model and thoughtful planning can help you sell your van for profit or break even after a few years.

    Get ready for some practical advice as Nate reveals his tips on building a van on a budget, and how you can source free materials and resources for your build. He speaks about his course and webinar on zero cost van life, curated with lessons drawn from his own experiences. From the fulfilment of creating your own tiny home on wheels to the transformative experience of van life and its financial benefits - Nate's insights are sure to inspire you.

    Links mentioned in this episode:
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    DIY Hero Course
    The Van Conversion Guide Ebook

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    Want to live the van life but have no idea where to start? My FREE Van Life Starter kit has specs and measurements on 10 different vans, van buying and build ideas, remote work ideas and websites I use to find free campsites.Download it here: https://thewaywardhome.lpages.co/van-life-starter-kit-podcast/
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    • 36 min
    61: Electric Campervans are Coming to Town: How Grounded is Revolutionizing the EV Industry

    61: Electric Campervans are Coming to Town: How Grounded is Revolutionizing the EV Industry

    Imagine traveling the world in your camper van... and you never have to fill up the gas tank!  In this week's episode, Kristin sits down with Sam Shapiro, CEO of the electric RV startup Grounded. Sam shares how the idea for Grounded was sparked after he converted his own van during COVID and traveled around the country for 6 months, constantly frustrated by issues with the gas engine and lack of available power.

    These pain points led him to conceptualize an electric camper van, free from the maintenance and pollution of fossil fuels. The recently launched G2 model features a customizable, modular interior and a robust 250-mile range - this van comes packed with some serious battery capacity! We also discuss the challenges in the current EV infrastructure and how Grounded plans to help address these in the future. 


    Beyond just the RV space, Grounded aims to position themselves as leaders in the modern electric outdoor gear market, tune in to hear what's coming next!

    Check out the full episode blog post here: https://www.thewaywardhome.com/episode61/


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    Want to live the van life but have no idea where to start? My FREE Van Life Starter kit has specs and measurements on 10 different vans, van buying and build ideas, remote work ideas and websites I use to find free campsites.Download it here: https://thewaywardhome.lpages.co/van-life-starter-kit-podcast/
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Bajatooter inda West ,

Long time listener

I’ve been listening to Kristin’s podcasts for a couple of years now. She’s my go-to for things related to vans. Not vanLIFE exclusively, but also van stuff in general. Her interviews are always informative, her guests well-selected, and the information well thought-out and complete. And she’s really easy on the ears. And if you look back at the list of podcasts you might have missed, there’s a wealth of information there. I’ll keep listening as long as she keeps producing! …………………………………..(Some time later)…….I dunno if we’re allowed to add to reviews, but I gotta say, I just listened to Kristen’s interview with Brooke re: Is it safe in Baja for the 3rd time. Between them, Kristin and Brooke cover a ton of details, any one of which could spoil an otherwise delightful journey through Baja. They dispel some of the mis-info re: safety, provide helpful hints/tips re: how to stay safe, and accentuate the positives. Anyone contemplating a trip to Baja needs to listen to this episode more than once. Life will be so much more rosy if you do.

Eric Applespaghetti ,

Totally Authentic

Whether it’s an informative solo episode or she’s interviewing an interesting guest, you can tell Kristin lives and breathes van life.

RoB_11111 ,

Great show!!

Kristin is a great interviewer and the show content is always so interesting. The show answers all the questions I am thinking and brings to life things I never thought of. Relevant topics provide insights into what to expect on the road. Thank you for all that you do!

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