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Adventurer: Jaylena Travel Using Her Van

4 March 2021

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About you

I’m 28 and recently divorced, but living out my dream of traveling the states in a van. I bought my van in July 2020 and converted it to a house myself, my two Janeties, and my pup. We’ve been traveling full time for the last few months and have really been enjoying our time on the road. It definitely has its ups and downs. It’s not at all the glamorous lifestyle that’s portrayed most of the time online, but it’s most definitely worth the struggles. I’m currently saving up to buy and build out my next rig. I do YouTube full time to support this lifestyle.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

I never traveled when I was young, I’d only really seen three states until my mid-twenties when I started working for the band Bowling For Soup. I toured the US with them, but I never got to truly see the places we traveled to. It was just venues and parking lots. I’ve dreamed of traveling for years and after living on a tour bus I knew I could live in a small space. You might think a tour bus is big, but imagine you and 16 other people living together in a tight space with a whopping 3ft x 6ft bunk for you and all your things. I’m falling more in love with nature every day. Traveling has truly push d me out of my comfort zone.

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

I never make solid plans when I travel. I just look for anything cool/interesting. I like to keep it all up in the air.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

A huge life saver this winter has been my diesel heater. One of the best investments I could’ve made!

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

Honestly the more I travel the more I realize, I don’t need much.

What destination are you eager to go back to?

Back to? I’d have to say Florida at the moment, but I know that will definitely change.

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

I have a taser that I keep near me/on me at all times. I also have a dog that I know will protect me. I don’t always give out all my info on what I use to protect myself because I put my life out there so openly, I never what anyone to have the upper hand on me because they know what I have to use for protection.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

Meet the locals! Make friends and have fun!

What’s your favourite word in another language?

Honestly, I have no idea lol

When and where are you next travelling?

I’m currently stuck in a snow storm in Nashville TN, heading for two stops in Oklahoma and Dallas before I make my way west or east back to Florida. Currently undecided. I don’t make plans, I tend to live in the moment and go with the flow.

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