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"I am ready to take the plunge I have lost so much in the last 18 months I don't have a reason to keep up with the Jones house job divorce all I want to do is get away bought a van getting it ready soon as I pick it up going to live in it going to build a little room around the bed to heat and cool easily Lol small spaces don't bother me at all if this works for me I have no reason to come back here but to visit and I won't either going to look into workcamping and buying your book soon I just want to dissapeer thanks four your web site I AM IN" - Michael B

"Just wanted to say it's inspiring and commendable that you keep adding to the value of your book as well as update it at no extra charge, long after the original purchase." Warm regards, Wayne Watt

"Dear Jason, I want to say this without too much drama or over-statement, but your book changed my life. I have always dreamt about traveling the country in an RV when I "retire" and you have made it a reality. I will follow every step you outlined in your wonderful book and make my dream come true. Believe it or not, I love my job and I have no intention of "leaving" for 3 years. But that is my goal, in 3 years to be debt free, sell everything (I already live a minimalist life) and roll out of my driveway in "your" van. I will then travel the country and write full time. Every time I go shopping now, I purchase one thing -- big or little -- for the trip. It keeps me happy and focused on the trip. I will follow your posts and stay with you every step of the way. God bless you for your enthusiasm and sweetness, sense of humor and bravery. I'm sure you've changed lots of lives. I'll stay in touch...and certainly when I'm on the road, you'll be the first to celebrate with me as I leave on my appointed day. In gratitude," Charlotte M. V.

"Hello Jason. What a great book. It should be called the Bible of Vanaboding. Thank-you for information that gives you the big picture of living with not a lot of money. God bless you Jason. Your new friend" Bill

I can't thank you enough for that kind gesture (Jason Odom note added: sent her book at no charge due to their financial distress) Mom and I have been talking about this for a while. The emotion of her house foreclosure led to a short depressive despondency in her. Mom has recovered well enough to travel and her doctors are aware of her wishes. She has diabetes, hypertension and congestive heart my business, we used to call it the "triad of death." She has a 20+ year background in Medicine as well....we have seen how this goes in hospitals....she wants no part of disintegration in a hospital bed. Its a certain poor quality of life, whereas Medicine calls it life because she has a mechanically supported heartbeat. Her decisions are hers alone and deeply certain. I truly respect that. So, we first must acquire a van or a comfortable semblence. Will read everything and let you know. My siblings are not happy with this decision, believing bedside nursing home is for the best. They have no idea or experience in this field. Mom will certainly die when its she does it should be left to her. She wants to see the Blue Ridge mountains and the gorgeous beaches of Florida. So off I go to look at affordable (cheap) transportation, and gather information. I will be in touch for sure and I thank you. May B.

"Don't know if you read these....but you inspired us. We have a 15 passenger van we were already using for a qwik fly by night camping experience....futon in the back a camp stove a cooler and a dog named Blue just kidding his name was Lucky. We read your book Snd ken the engineer went wild. He loves to build things. Van windows tinted, check, all seats out check front ones turn around, interior walls out. We are almost 70 and living the life. We have a beautiful home in the deeded part of the Gila national forest. We built it, took 8.5 years and I mean we built it. This coming winter we will do an experiment and see if we can live/stay in the van. We are not interested in stealth camping. Just sending a couple of pics. We found an articulated memorary foam mattress and took it apart and I made covers. Ken gets all the kudos for woodwork. Had to send pics separate!" Linda

"Hello Jason, I just downloaded the book. I've only read the first few pages and already I am thinking "Awesome!". You truly speak my own mind. It is so refreshing. We DO live in our bodies. That's the right perception, the right attitude. To have those words mirrored back to me was, just for itself, worth the price of the book. I am so happy to know that there are kindred spirits out there in the world (blissfully traveling as I also feel that I am). I have to tell you that prior to finding your website - a serendipitous event as I was simply looking for general camping tips - I had blurted out to my boyfriend "Let's just sell everything and get a little camper and live all over the U.S. Go warm when it's cold and explore further north when it's cool". He whole-heartedly agreed. I already live my life to its fullest; appreciating every single day. Why not do it all without a house, truly be one with the natural world that I love? I'm not retired yet, but I'm planning for when my daughter finishes high school. I want to have adventures and write about them. So your website was just perfect. I couldn't believe I'd stumbled upon it so easily. I'm really excited about reading more of the book and checking out all your links. Thank you so much!! You are a pioneer" Sheila, Waukesha, WI

"Hi Jason, I just finished your book and it is amazing. Thank you so much for writing this! I am currently a homeowner in Michigan with a wife and three kids, but I constantly dream about living out of a van or RV, and if I can ever make this dream a reality, I know that your book and website will be invaluable tools. Also, I am requesting the special instructions and latest links to pages NOT found in the book itself. Thanks again! Abundant Blessings"Joseph Christian

"Jason. Your book is awesome. I'm converting a stealth cargo trailer to a camper and can use many of ur ideas there as well. Will give u a glowing feedback on Amazon." Marty

"Hello Jason, I bought your book via Kindle and I was writing to get the email support setup. I have to say so far your book really resonates with me! My family is already in the process of jumping off the hamster wheel. We are full-time RVers and that experience has been beyond eyeopening for us. Thanks" Amanda

"I received your book a few days ago. I’ve read, highlighted and underscored almost every other page. I thank you with all my heart for your inspiration and information. I’m IN!! With your direction and information I am empowered. My name is M. Harrington. My cat, Samantha, and I will be on the road by September 24th (the date my one year lease is up) if not sooner! Currently working on selling everything. What is not sold will be given away. Lets just bless everybody!! I turn 56 this year and what a great gift to myself. Thank you for the travel itineraries and all the details on the website. I am elated. My best regards to your wife" M. Harrington

"Thanks Jason, Hope your well & still traveling. Kristy and I bought a 2004 Country coach as our main home. And just purchased a Jeep Cherokee Trail hawk as our escape vehicle. I’ve been using many of your ideas to help me set up the process through your book. In fact just yesterday I got another complement from my Fishing vest I use in the shower. Even though we are not 100% stealth camping, your book I feel everyone new to this life of living on the road should read or listen to your book." Smiles, Eric R.

"I’ve been planning to transition to this lifestyle since last year after my second cancer surgery. I’m one of 5 women in my family diagnosed with breast cancer (it’s not genetic btw) and didn’t want to spend my life attached to a consumer way of life. I started getting rid of my possessions and currently am sleeping in my office with my last remaining possessions in storage. It would take very little for me to do this so I’m doing my research. However, I live in Canada. While southern Canada doesn’t get that cold in winter, I definitely would have to find a source of heat overnight while I’m on the road. I don’t really want to travel to the US as I’m concerned about a number of issues and complications that could come up. So, my question is: would you consider traveling in Canada and giving us some tips for anyone wanting to adopt this lifestyle here? I’m impatient to get started, but willing to make the necessary sacrifices. Thank you so much for everything you’re doing to help people detach from this economic system." J

"Hi, Jason, as I clean others houses and look at the piles of useless stuff crammed into every closet and corner, and I shake my head at the madness. But hey, I'm making a decent living at $40-$50 an hour cleaning others' messes, and I'm home by noon each day, able to do whatever I desire after that. I'm now working on my 2nd book :-)

I must say, Jason, I am THOROUGHLY enjoying your book. I find myself nodding repeatedly when you talk about the crazy American consumer lifestyle, the grind, the hamster wheel... it's insane. I came to this conclusion on my own when I noticed my ex-husband and myself - and our friends - were rapidly accumulating "stuff," and the sport of shopping seemed to be prevalent in the '80's. Something didn't seem right. I personally own what could be packed in my sedan now.

I do, however, live in a large house in Southern California (Temecula), but I don't own it - Hubby does. Thankfully, we respect one another's money style and have completely separate accounts. We don't co-mingle funds, so there's never money issues or quarrels (we both learned from previous marriages). I enjoy our home, but I told Hubby, "I don't want to be on title, nor have any financial responsibility for this home... it's yours." I owned a house once and said I never wanted that burden again!

But I'm a true minimalist, and he's not... although he's coming more to my side. He now thinks carefully before each purchase and asks himself what it'll really cost in terms of maintenance and time. He gets it!

Okay, I've rambled on enough. I'll sign up for the Vanabode forum as soon as I have questions, too - what a great resource!

Have a wonderful weekend to you and your wife!



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