Van Life: A Practical Guide

with Raya and Louis

1 hour, 12 minutes
19 videos

Learn everything you need to know to take your life on the road

Includes quarterly live calls with Raya & Louis!

About This Course

The Van Life lifestyle offers you the ultimate possible freedom: you can have a home or vacation rental that can go almost anywhere. In this course, Raya and Louis share everything that they’ve learned from years of living in many different types of homes on wheels. With lessons on everything from choosing a van through to the realities of van life travel, and more advanced tips like off-roading, this course offers an ultimate overview of everything you need to think about before starting your van life experience. You will also hear about Raya and Louis’ successes and failures, and why they’ve chosen to spend the past few years living out of different vehicles. By the end of this course, you will be armed with the confidence and practical tips to turn your dreams of traveling in a van into a reality.

What You'll Learn

  • How to choose a van that’s right for you

  • What to consider when building out a van or making changes

  • How to plan your first trip away in your van

  • The realities of the van life lifestyle — including advice for working on the road, where to park at night, and how to tackle personal hygiene

  • How to make the transition from part-time to full-time van life

  • Tips for driving a van and going offroad

  • What you need to know when traveling in a van abroad

  • How to stay safe when living in a van

Watch Some Samples

We've pulled out a few clips to give you a better idea of what to expect in the course

Course Breakdown

Chapter 1


Why a Van?

Who Are We?

Chapter 2

Choosing a Van

Your Options

Building Out a Van

Things to Remember While Driving

Chapter 3

Planning Your Trip

Basic Parameters

Setting the Tone

Our Recommendations for Your First Trip

Chapter 4

The Vanlife Lifestyle


Day-to-Day Life

Let’s Get Personal… Talking About Hygiene

Where to Park at Night

What to Do While Traveling

Things Nobody Tells You

Chapter 5

Additional Pro Tips

Off Roading Basics

Caravanning vs Solo Travel

Being Environmentally Friendly

Transitioning From Part-Time to Full-time Van Life

Chapter 6



Meet Your Instructors

Raya Encheva and Louis Cole are filmmakers and content creators focusing on travel and alternative living. They have been traveling the world for the past 8 years, and for the last year have been living full time in vehicles between a converted school bus in the U.S., a van in Europe and a 4x4 camper in Costa Rica. Whether they’re doing VanLife full time, seeking out the best local plant based food or moving into an eco community in the jungle in Costa Rica, Raya and Louis are passionate about living differently than most of us are taught is ‘normal’. They’re sharing every part of their adventures, from the ups and the downs, to help you embark on your own journey into alternative living.

Van Life: A Practical Guide

with Raya and Louis