Inspired by Travel, Music & Salt Water.

The Escapism Series where we share inspiring stories and adventures from people traveling the globe comes from Josh and Matt Monthei, from the US and currently travelling around America in their camper / bus. It's nearly been two years since they decided to live on the road full time. We caught up with Josh and Matt to tell us more about their journey.

The idea:

Traveling with "No Plan".

Volunteering everywhere we can.

Spreading positivity.

And funding our trip by finding odd jobs everywhere we go.

How it started:

We started Nov 27, 2012 in our Ford Econoline Van. The reason we bought the van at first was simply because we needed a vehicle and it was a good price. After a few days we realized that we could all sleep comfortably and still have plenty of room. Over the next week we had all been contemplating, thinking about dropping it all and traveling the country. We had all kinds of places in mind and we couldn't pick where to start, so we decided to travel with no destination. Or no plan. The name The Van With No Plan came naturally and we went with it. We slowly started loading the essentials in the van and sold everything else.

When we landed in Memphis, TN we found an ad on craigslist calling volunteers to help rebuild a church. We had nowhere to be and no schedule to follow so we headed over to the church and helped for about six hours. The whole time exchanging stories and just having a great time. Clearing debris from inside, reinforcing the roof and some landscaping. They were so thankful afterward. It was amazing. Since that day we have tried to volunteer as much as we can in the cities we go through. In Asheville,NC and Lincoln City, OR have raised money for families who need a Christmas, raising and buying about $200 in presents for them. Volunteered for Occupy Sandy in Staten Island, The Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, Pig in the pond festival in Port St. Luci. We always have a great time, met new people, and learned something new. It doesn't get much better than that. The part that we think is cool also is when we find others to volunteer who have never done it before, so when we leave, they continue to volunteer.

It’s just a lifestyle that doesn't get old. Traveling wherever our adventure mobile will take us and helping others along the way. There is still so much we want to see in this country so we have no plan on stopping, especially so we traded the van for the bus. The bus was worth more than the van so in order to cover the difference we worked in the guys property for 5 weeks doing all kinds of labor jobs. It was an intense 5 weeks. But we learned a lot.

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