Why I Live In A Van

The Real Reason I Chose Van Life

Adrian Brambila


If you would’ve told me 12 months ago that I would be living in a van with my wife, I would not have believed you. If you would’ve told me the same thing, I would’ve thought that I totally screwed up my life!

Here’s the real story…

for full context, I have to go three years back in time. My wife and I were on an airplane with a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland. She was working at Deloitte and I was doing my entrepreneur thing. This trip was our first taste of nomadic life.

Before starting a family, we knew that we wanted to travel together for 2 years across Europe. During wife decided to leave her job and pick up a lifestyle similar to mine. She had been hustling for years and she deserved a break.

In December of 2019, we flew back to the States after living in Europe for a year. Next on our list was Asia. We planned to see Japan, Okinawa, and Thailand. Most importantly, I wanted to learn Kung Fu.

I somehow convinced my wife that she wanted to learn Kung Fu as well! Specifically, in Thailand, we were going to learn Muay Thai. Then as we traveled the continent, we would learn more art and culture along the way.

In January of 2020, we took a trip to Mexico to accept an award through LadyBoss. After that, we set off to New York where we were featured on Marie Forleo’s B-School. January was a great month.

In February, we traveled to Hawaii. It was amazing there and we planned to stay for a month and a half. My wife and I even contemplated living there for a while!

Then… you all know what happened in March of 2020. We were on the island of Kauai. Almost overnight, the beautiful island turned into a scary place. Ashley and I heard that locals were mugging and beating up visitors and tourists. We had already been there a month so it’s not like we brought COVID to the island, but it didn’t matter. We weren’t from Kauai.



Adrian Brambila

Made $1M in a Year from Side Hustles Ex-Pro dancer (T-Pain, Step Up 3)