My name is Devan. 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 love exploring new places. Throughout my adult life, I rarely stayed in one city more than a year. If I did, I wouldn’t live in the same home. (During my 9-year relationship with my ex there were exceptions, as the choice wasn’t solely my own)
In early 2014 I had lived in and around Phoenix, AZ for 3 years when I got stuck trying to decide where to move next. I narrowed it down to 3 states (CA/MT/CO) but could not pin down a final choice. After spending a few months trying to decide, a series of serendipitous events occurred that completely redirected my life and my focus.
It started as a commitment to never own more than I could fit in my car (so I could pick up and go when the urge struck). Less than 3 months later I decided to save for a 4-6 month sabbatical to travel the country in my car. Not long after, it evolved into living and traveling full-time in an RV and then finally, 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. In June 2017, after several bumps in the road and unexpected delays, I began my journey. This blog is the ongoing documentation of that journey. I have tried to detail my progress, from planning to implementation, to the ongoing realities of my houseless life. All of it. The challenges, the accomplishments, the mistakes, and everything in between.
Though I am traveling without human companionship, I will not always be alone. My cats Basil and Freddie will be joining me on some of my adventures. They live with my only child (who I refer to in this blog as ‘The Monster’) when they aren’t traveling with me.
Basil is a brownish tiger cat who is fairly quiet and timid. We adopted him in March 2010 when he was around 8 weeks old. 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 palpable. He is my most frequent travel companion and will be permanently on board once I can afford an appropriate solar set up.
Freddie was already about 5 months old when he came into our lives with his sister Holly (who quickly claimed The Monster’s heart) in late June 2011. A friend found them in a dumpster in rural Arizona. Freddie is a black and white Tuxedo cat who is extremely energetic and outgoing (read: obnoxious). Fred does less well in the van and is prone to attempt escape. He travels with me much less and is perfectly fine with it. 🙂
As for me, 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. The flexibility in my personality (being an outgoing introvert) is complementary 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 needed.
My hobbies and passions include photography, writing, travel, reading, self-reflection, meditation, animals, and nature. I’m a sucker for acts of kindness, compassion, empathy, and non-judgment. I really like people who are good to other people.
So, welcome to my journey! I hope you find inspiration to live your truth and follow your bliss!