Digital Nomad Trades San Francisco Condo for VanLife

Kirsten Dirksen visits Eric Kennedy, tours his off-grid Mercedes Sprinter Van, and learns how and why he chose VanLife over traditional housing.

For many, the lower living costs of living in a van are one of the major draws. I don’t think this was the case for Eric. For Eric freedom, quality of life, and a quiet place to work with lots of fresh air seem to be what drove him to VanLife.

It’s a good reminder that while this kind of extreme downsizing comes with many trade-offs, it also comes with many benefits that are not easily replaced by traditional dwellings or work spaces.

Eric moves with the seasons. In the summer you might find in the Pacific Northwest, in the winter, the Southwest. He always has an open-air workspace instead of a stuffy cubical. He chooses the view and he works and plays when he chooses.

His computer and internet connection keeps him connected to work and an income. His wheels take him anywhere he feels like going.

Image and video by Kirsten Dirksen. Be sure to follow her Faircompanies YouTube Channel, and you can find all her videos at To learn more about Eric, visit

Congratulations Jordan & Kaylee – 365 Days Free

In this video Jordan tells the full backstory for how his path to freedom began… and no it wasn’t because he was a winner on The Price is Right; It’s because winning The Price is Right gave him the opportunity for a taste of freedom and he & Kaylee haven’t wanted it to stop. Rock on Jordan & Kaylee!

Follow Jordan & Kaylee at The Nomadic Movement on Youtube and on Instagram. Photo credit to Jordan & Kaylee.

Freedom Yurt-Cabins

Solid walls, an integrated flooring system, real insulation, house windows, roundwood frame and rafters, and a wood ceiling with a tongue and groove look give the Yurt-Cabin a distinctive cabin feel. And it’s engineered for strength and longevity. And assembly is about as easy as it gets with the Yurt-Cabin’s built-in floor system and bolt-together design.” – Freedom Yurt-Cabins

Learn more about Freedom Yurt-Cabins

Tiny House Freedom

Greg Parham of Durango says his tiny house has all the necessary amenities – a loft for sleeping, and a kitchen with a stove and water heater that operate on propane. Parham, like others, has found a way to have more freedom, a simpler lifestyle and not be bound to an unmanageable mortgage.” – The Durango Herald

via What’s the big idea? Photo by Steve Lewis for the Durango Herald