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Return to Book Page. Preview — Vanabode by Jason Odom. Author Jason Odom and his wife Kelly have traveled over , miles in 15 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas. Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States like national parks and state recreational areas, how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have, how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly - how you can do it forever if you want.
Do you want to travel for 3 months? How about 3 years? Vanabode shows you how down to the tiniest detail and you do NOT need to make any expensive purchases to make it happen. You will never feel neglected, bored or uncomfortable.
I promise to show you how to sleep better than you ever have, how to get the time you want and need to relax or pursue your favorite hobby, how to eat healthier, and how to travel to new exciting destinations of your choosing forever. For those that don't have any savings or retirement income I include a list of more than 30 legitimate easy ways to earn money while traveling all over the country.
Readers thoughts on Vanabode follow: "I've been motorhome traveling for 14 years and I've never seen anything like this" Brandon in Florida; "If you want to travel a lot, and do it cheaply, this is the only way I see to do it", Percy; "This is absolutely the best money I have ever spent on a practical show me how to do it book" Maggie, professor at a Florida Community College; "If enough people get a grasp on this book the housing recovery will really be far off.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 29, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: , how-to , travel , camping. In a utility van, you know, the ones without windows on the side. It's essentially how to live homeless glamorously, or rather how to live homeless less homelessly. It's not for everyone, but lots of practical information on how to do it.
If you have the inclination to travel to places you might not otherwise be able to visit, or you're about to become homeless, buy a van and do it. View 1 comment. Jan 03, Zach rated it it was amazing. Jun 06, Jack rated it liked it. It is enjoyable to read a book by someone who is passionate about the topic which is evident in this book.
The book is useful for getting ideas and practical information on traveling and even living on a low budget because it is based on real experience of the author. Unfortunately much of the information is useful only in the context of travel and life in the USA and may be of limited use in other countries.
Thie author spends too great a portion of this short book on justifying and "selling" his It is enjoyable to read a book by someone who is passionate about the topic which is evident in this book. Thie author spends too great a portion of this short book on justifying and "selling" his style of life. Many of the points he raises are worthwhile thinking about but I am not convinced that this is for me. Part of this may be due to the fact that I, also, have departed from the traditional mainstream in a totally different way and have found that there are other alternatives to the what he proposes.
I also find some of his rationalizations to be biased and not necessarily true. Example paraphrasing one of his arguments : All big business cares about is making money regardless of who gets hurt or how much damage they do. This is a popular notion but does little to justify the conclusions which he is trying to establish except, possibly, to convince others who think the same way that they are all in the same boat. Another issue I find is that Odom advocates taking advantage of "free" or low-cost benefits which are paid for by the taxes or purchases of people who do not break free of the rat-race he retires from.
In addition to not seeming to realize that if his way of life were to become very widespread many of these freebies would cease to exist his advocating taking advantage of the largess provided by the very system he chooses to escape carries a whiff of hypocrisy with it.
Feb 20, anthony tunison rated it it was amazing. A Must Read Life Changing! If you are tired of the 9 to 5 life, retiring, have financial problems or just want more out of life this book is a must read. No magic, common sense, logical and detailed account of what one coupled did to improve their life that in part all of us could benefit from.
Also, an adventure, written by a person with a real lust for life. Love it. Jul 12, thomas nutter rated it it was amazing. I good reading and thought provoking book I chose this rating because of the large variety of ideas presented. I like to read books by authors who actually experience what they write about. Feb 07, Karen Smythe rated it it was amazing. An inspirational book to simplify your life to the essentials and live a life of adventure!
Jan 25, Manning Grinnan rated it it was amazing. There IS a little preaching but the vast majority is good stuff to think about. I recommend. Feb 10, Patty Brower rated it liked it. Some good information, but a more informal writing style.
Good enough that I suggested my husband read it as we prepare to live on the road full-time. Feb 17, Tara rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is fascinating to read even if you have no intention of doing ANY of the things he writes about, simply from the perspective of learning about alternative ways of living. The writing style is friendly and easy to read — the author writes in a conversational tone, keeping your attention and never boring you, even when he gets down to some of the finer details of how to live this lifestyle.
And he's not only thoroughly researched the topic by living it I really enjoyed reading this book. And he's not only thoroughly researched the topic by living it for many years , but he truly believes in it, and his passion for Vanaboding comes through in his writing. Now, this book is written from a two-person perspective. I can see where, if it were just you, or you and one other person, you could actually implement the tips in this book to start living a Vanaboding lifestyle.
But for me - with a husband and four kids, including a toddler and a nine-year-old with special needs - it's not feasible whatsoever. BUT the book still has value even to people for whom this lifestyle isn't an option. There are some great travel destinations described in the book, even if you don't get to your location via a customized van. And many of the tips could be useful for shorter trips, like a mini-vacation weekend getaway with your significant other without having to dredge up the money for a hotel.
We have a minivan, so can utilize some of the information to make a shorter minivan trip both possible and comfortable. Overall, a fun book to read whether you're interested in living the life or just curious about what it's all about. I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.
Odom's Vanabode is a insightful read if you're like many of us, a frugal traveler. Yet you still want to travel in style without roughing it. It's a minimalist lifestyle or as the author calls it simplifying. Because I'm a 'foodie' my favorite chapter was about food.
Odom also lives to eat rather than the unhealthy eat to live diet that so many Americans do. Just because you're living in a van doesn't mean you have to eat less nutritious processed food.
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