My name is Devan. I have had a strong sense of wanderlust since I was very young. Through the years, I have lived in 9 states and 30+ cities within those states. In addition, I have visited 29 states (so far) and Canada. I like to target a new place, dive in and get to know it, then move on. When I’m done, I’m done. Often I will return regularly to a place I really like, but I need the flexibility to come and go as I please. This becomes a big problem when locked into an apartment rental lease.
In early 2015, after spending more than a year trying to decide where I wanted to live next, a series of serendipitous events occurred that completely redirected my life and my focus. What started as an idea to take a 4-6 month sabbatical to travel the country in my car, very quickly became living and traveling full-time in a van. (You can find a series of ongoing posts, detailing the inspiration behind my decision to travel full-time, by clicking here.)
I planned, plotted, saved, and researched. Finally, in early June 2017, I began my journey. This blog is part of that journey. I have tried to detail my progress from planning to implementation, with the current goal of sharing the adventure. All of it. The challenges, the accomplishments, and everything in between.
Though I am traveling without human companionship, I am not alone. My cats Basil and Freddie will be joining me on my adventures. Basil is a 7-year-old brownish tiger cat who is fairly quiet and timid. I adopted him as a kitten and he was an only cat for a little more than a year. I firmly believe he would prefer life as an only cat even now. His aggravation with Freddie is palatable.
Freddie came to me 5 years ago after a friend found him (and 2 siblings) in a dumpster. He is a black and white Tuxedo cat who is extremely energetic and outgoing (read: obnoxious). He loves to sit with me as I write, which as you can likely guess, allows me to get very little writing done. Thankfully he is easily wooed away by canned food.
I’m an entertaining balance of extremes; gregarious and adventurous, yet also solitary and laid-back. Often mistaken for an extrovert, I am very much an introvert. If you know anything about the 16 personality types, I type as INFP. The flexibility in my personality (being an outgoing introvert) is complimentary to the mobile lifestyle. Solo travel gives me all the alone time I need and my outgoing nature affords me the opportunity to engage with others when I needed.
My hobbies and passions include photography, writing, travel, reading, self-reflection, meditation, animals, and nature. I believe in kindness, compassion, empathy, and non-judgment. I aspire to live a life abundant in each of those principles.
I welcome you to my journey. I hope you find your own inspiration to live your truth and follow your bliss!