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See how this couple turned their van into a home for life on the road with their dog

A young couple from Wisconsin are living what sounds like an idyllic life, travelling around the US in a converted van with their adored American Staffordshire Terrier, Snoop.

Pete Thuli and Taylor Bucher are enjoying life on the road with their dog Snoop. Image: Always The Road / mediadrumworld.com
Pete Thuli and Taylor Bucher are enjoying life on the road with their dog Snoop. Image: Always The Road / mediadrumworld.com

Pete Thuli (24) and Taylor Bucher (23) spent US$5000 converting their Dodge Sprinter van into a a fully functional home, complete with a kitchen and all-in-one living room and bedroom. Their photos show them snuggling up in front of the fire and enjoying a meal with Snoop.

The couple spent $5,000 converting their Dodge Sprinter van into a home to live life on the road with their beloved pet dog.
The couple spent $5,000 converting their Dodge Sprinter van into a home to live life on the road with their beloved pet dog. Image by Media Drum World

“After coming home from travelling through Southeast Asia for ten months, we realised how much of our own country we had never seen,” say Pete and Taylor. “We knew that committing ourselves to an office job straight out of college wouldn’t make us happy, so we started brainstorming ways we could travel for an extended amount of time.”

 

“Once we came across the van life community, we were instantly hooked. Living and travelling out of something we built with our own hands, what’s better than that?”

After travelling in Asia, the coupel realised they had seen little of the United States.
After travelling in Asia, the coupel realised they had seen little of the United States. Image by Media Drum World

Pete and Taylor have clocked up 7000 miles on the clock so far and have traveled through twelve states to the west coast in pursuit of warm weather. They say that life on the road is simple as they only travel with the objects they need, eat food they’ve cooked themselves and use alternative energy sources to live sustainably.

Pete and Taylor have clocked up 7,000-miles so far working in the back of their van.
Pete and Taylor have clocked up 7,000-miles so far working in the back of their van. Image by Media Drum World

“This lifestyle also forces us to spend our time intentionally, rather than filling empty spaces in our day with TV and other modern day distractions,” they say. “We never feel too confined in our tiny home, but if we do, we just open the back doors and step into our backyard, wherever that might be on that particular day.”

Casual lunch on the Florida coast 🍳

A post shared by Always the Road (@alwaystheroad) on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:07am PST

The couple say that living in the van is action-packed and there is nothing stopping anyone else from doing the same. They love the freedom that this lifestyle affords them, as they can travel anywhere at any time.

Sneak peak of our kitchen! Almost ready to host dinner parties out of this bad boy. Who’s interested?

A post shared by Always the Road (@alwaystheroad) on Nov 28, 2016 at 3:00pm PST

“If you’re passionate about traveling and living a similar lifestyle, put your whole heart into it and follow that passion,” they say. “We all have the chance in one way or another, so if you want it, go out and live it.”

To follow Pete, Taylor and Snoop’s adventures, follow them on Always the Road.

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