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New Zealand Campervan Tips – How To Buy & Freedom Camping

If you plan on buying a campervan for your trip to New Zealand you are in the right place. We are going to explain everything you need to know when buying a campervan and living the New Zealand van life. You’ll learn where to find vans for sale, what REGO and WOF mean, how to pay for your van, and what New Zealand Freedom Camping with a self contained camper means. We’ll tell you how to do the change of ownership, get insurance, and of course driving on the left side of the road in New Zealand. You are well on your way to an awesome NZ campervan, let’s get to it.

Van Life Costs – March

Heading into our van life adventure at the beginning of 2019, one thing that we were hyper-focused on was our van life costs. We had some money saved from working full time, and did not have a ton of money coming in each month. What did that mean? It meant that the more we spent, …

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Van Life Costs – February

Heading into our van life adventure at the beginning of 2019, one thing that we were hyper-focused on was our van life costs. We had some money saved from working full time, and did not have a ton of money coming in each month. What did that mean? It meant that the more we spent, …

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How to Park Overnight Free Anywhere in the USA

When we started our year-long adventure living on the road, we knew we had a nut to crack: free overnight parking. We had renovated a van, now we had to figure out how & where to park it every night! We knew that if we broke the budget every night with a hotel or campsite, …

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Van Life Costs – First Month on the Road

Heading into our van life adventure, one thing that we were hyper-focused on was our van life costs. We had some money saved from working full time, and did not have a ton of money coming in each week. What did that mean? It meant that the more we spent, the shorter our adventure would …

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Solar Van Conversion (Under $500!) for Dummies

Any reading and research you do on van conversions will likely lead you to one conclusion: the electrical system in a van will make or break your conversion project. Throughout the renovation process, there is literally not one better feeling than when you flip on the lights (and fridge, outlets, stove, speakers, etc) and everything …

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Quit Your Job and Travel The World – How We Did It

In 2018, we were living in downtown Chicago, in some ways living the American dream. We had recently graduated our Masters programs, had great jobs at places we enjoyed working, and had our own little nest in a downtown high-rise. However, something felt like it was missing. We didn’t have all of the freedom we craved. Each day we woke up was regimented. During each of the 5 weekdays, we woke up, walked to work, worked for 9 hours, walked home, cooked dinner, watched Netflix, and fell asleep. Each weekend offered a reprieve from this schedule, and typically involved gallivanting around Chicago trying to spend our way out of the feeling that we were stuck in a rut.

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Cruise Tips & Hacks – Get an Incredible Cruise for Cheap!

Cruises are a wonderful way to travel. On a cruise you get to ride in style on a gigantic boat decked out with incredible amenities as you make your way to awesome destination after awesome destination! However, there is one negative: cruises are expensive. Well, we are here to tell that that is wrong! You can book an amazing cruise on a great cruise line for a budget with our cruise tips. These 7 cruise hacks will help you save money and spend less on a cruise than you have ever even dreamed!

Official Bucket List Places to Visit & How to Make a Travel Bucket List

We are sharing our official 50 bucket list places to visit. But we aren’t stopping there. We are also going to tell you how to make a travel bucket list of your own!

How We Spent a Week on Vacation WITHOUT Eating Out

We just finished an AMAZING time in the Florida Keys. We spent an entire week making our way through the Keys living in our van, having the time of our lives doing it. We had this entire vacation without eating out. We did excursions, went kayaking & stand-up paddleboarding, did walking tours of Key West, …

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10 Secrets to Travel as a Couple (and Not Kill Each Other)

Your official guide to making the most of your next trip with your significant other!

Baller Status – How to Spend the Most on Vacation

We know you have too much money, and are looking for ways to spend it any way you can. We’ll call it the Jeff Bezos problem. Lucky for you, we have a solution. On your next trip, there are going to be COUNTLESS ways to spend money when you don’t need to. Heck, you might …

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Recipes

Van Life Culinary School – 1 Pan Turkey Tacos

I have literally never met someone who did not enjoy tacos. Not one person on earth hears ‘tacos are for dinner’ and doesn’t JUMP FOR JOY! But the best way to have tacos is this yummy camping recipe! After a long day of snorkeling, hiking, or maybe just hanging at the beach with a cold …

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Van Life Culinary School – 1 Pan Indian Cuisine Recipe

Here’s something we never thought would happen: eating DELICIOUS Indian food while camping! But…drum roll…here we are! A 1 pan Indian dish that was so yummy and so easy to make! Picture this: you finish a long morning hike, and make your way back to the campsite. You aren’t looking forward to another peanut butter …

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Van Life Culinary School – 1 Pan Egg Scramble Recipe

Every morning deserves a hot breakfast to fuel the day ahead. Never is this more true than while camping. 1 eggs recipe for camping in the wild coming right up! You wake up, roll out of your tent/camper/cabin, and want nothing more than a steaming home-cooked plate of the most delicious breakfast this side of …

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Wild Card Blogs

Hot Temps and Cold Beers – 8 Tips to an Epic Cabin Trip

Why cabin life is the best life, and there’s really no buts about it

World’s Best Travel Drone – DJI Spark

We’ve owned our DJI Spark drone for about 2 years now, and we absolutely love the thing. The video quality blew our expectations away, especially considering this is half the price of most other high-quality drones on the market. What’s more? The Spark is extremely small and lightweight, which makes is ridiculously easy to travel …

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Our 14 Favorite Date Ideas

Date nights are super important to keep the fire lit in any relationship. It can be tough to keep discipline around spending one on one time with your significant other. One way to do it is to find something new to do on date night! Here are our 14 favorite date ideas that we use …

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15 Instagram Travel Couples and Rockstars You Will LOVE

If you know where to look online, there is a TON of people who will inspire you to travel around the world. These Instagram travel couples and blogging rockstars will tell you how to go about traveling the world and all of them are balling on a budget! Here are 15 of our favorites to …

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Inspiration, Mystery, & Humor – 18 Perfect Podcast Recommendations

There is nothing better than finding a great new podcast, and look no further! We’ve listened to 100s and found our 18 perfect podcast recommendations, just for you.

11 Incredible Binge-Worthy TV Shows

After traveling, our second favorite thing to do is to cuddle up with some popcorn and a binge-worthy tv show. Netflix and chill with the best of them, folks. We’ve curated our 11 favorites for your viewing pleasure, enjoy! Parenthood – Netflix Starting out with a bang, our all time favorite show. We have watched …

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How We Started a Travel Blog (While Working AND Going to School Full-Time)

2 years ago, we had absolutely no idea how to start a travel blog. Now, we do know. And in 2000 words, you’ll know too. Over the last 2 years, we’ve lived in Chicago absolutely GRINDING. Zach has been working full-time and getting his MBA at Kellogg at night. Julie has been getting her Masters …

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We Found Them – The Best Books to Read on Vacation

We love to read. Airports, road trips, early mornings, late nights, a good book is ALWAYS welcome company. Here is our recommendations for our 12 best books to read on vacation. Ranging from Drama to Comedy, Self Help to True Stories, these books will make you laugh, cry, swear, get up and pace around the …

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Pardon My Banger – Official Running Playlist

The very best 2018 running playlist you are going to find! Get ready to SHATTER your record times and get that runner’s high further up than Wiz Khalifa.


Bucket List

Official Travel Bucket List Countdown 10-1!

If you didn’t catch numbers 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, or 20-11 check those out first! When you have a bucket list, you can plan for the best time of year to visit each place, set-up flight notifications at top places to get the best prices, and plan for the adventure of your lifetime! We know you’re not kicking …

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Official Travel Bucket List Countdown 20-11

If you didn’t catch numbers 50-41, 40-31, or 30-21, check those out first! When you have a bucket list, you can plan for the best time of year to visit each place, set-up flight notifications at top places to get the best prices, and plan for the adventure of your lifetime! We know you’re not kicking …

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Official Travel Bucket List Countdown 30-21

If you didn’t catch numbers 50-41 or 40-31, check those out! When you have a bucket list, you can plan for the best time of year to visit each place, set-up flight notifications at top places to get the best prices, and plan for the adventure of your lifetime! We know you’re not kicking the …

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Official Travel Bucket List Countdown 40-31

If you didn’t catch numbers 50-41, check that out before this! When you have a bucket list, you can plan for the best time of year to visit each place, set-up flight notifications at top places to get the best prices, and plan for the adventure of your lifetime! We know you’re not kicking the …

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Official Travel Bucket List Countdown 50-41

Everyone’s gotta have a travel bucket list. Do you have one? If so, then share, stop being selfish! If not, we’re here to help you build one. When you have a bucket list, you can plan for the best time of year to visit each place, set-up flight notifications at top places to get the …

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Gift Idea Blogs

Gifts For Your Workout Warrior

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2018 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! This post is about ideal gifts for your workout warrior, we’ve also put together gift recommendations for hikers & campers and travel addicts. Sure, a little (emphasis on …

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Gifts For Your Travel Addict

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2018 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! This post is about ideal gifts for your travel addict, we’ve also put together gift recommendations for hikers & campers and workout warriors. Sure, a little (emphasis on …

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Gifts For Your Hiking and Camping Enthusiast

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2018 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! This post is about ideal gifts for your hiking and camping enthusiast. We’ve also put together gift recommendations for travel addicts and workout warriors, check them out if …

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Top 2019 Traveler Gift Recommendations

Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2019 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! Sure, a little (emphasis on little) time with family is awesome! But the hardest part of the holidays by far is gift-giving! Most people suck at it, let’s …

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Vlogs

Ruhls of the Road Vlog – Week 2 – Kootenay National Park

Hi! We are Zach & Julie & Kobe Ruhl, the creators of Ruhls of the Road! We are launching this YouTube channel to document our adventure living out of our Do It Yourself CamperVan – Winnie! Winnie is an absolute beauty of a vehicle – a 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan who loves living the van life. …

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7 Best Day Hikes in Grand Tetons National Park – Vlog

The Grand Tetons was our favorite place to hike in the entire United States, and we have been to quite a few hiking destinations! The combination of huge mountain, gorgeous likes, prosperous wildlife, and great trails makes for a cocktail of epic hiking proportions! Oh, and that doesn’t even take into account camping! The Grand …

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Ruhls of the Road Vlog – Week 1 – Glacier National Park

Hi! We are Zach & Julie & Kobe Ruhl, the creators of Ruhls of the Road! We are launching this YouTube channel to document our adventure living out of our Do It Yourself CamperVan – Winnie! Winnie is an absolute beauty of a vehicle – a 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan who loves living the van life. …

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4 Incredible Days Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park – Vlog

Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park was an absolutely incredible 4 day experience! Every day was a unique and inspiring new destination that left us at a complete loss for words! We had an absolute blast, and you will too if you follow our 4 day itinerary! VIDEO TIME STAMPS: 0:00 – Introduction …

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Havasupai Falls Vlog – A Hiking & Camping Adventure Unlike Any Other

Hiking and Camping in Havasupai Falls was a top 5 experience of our entire lives. It is beyond incredible, indescribably beautiful, fantastically unique. Words and pictures won’t do it justice, but maybe a video will… With this video we put together your one-stop go-to for everything you need to know about hiking and camping in …

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