NOTE: Visit Vanabode.us for the original website of 1,000's of pictures and pages.
I wrote and published "Vanabode - happily camp travel and live forever on $20 a day" back in 2011 and helped launch the modern day vandwelling and tiny house movements. I keep the book updated with the latest strategies for living a great life, debt free, on the road, so you can take your life back. I created this forum to enable buyers of my book who are living this lifestyle to communicate with each other, and to provide additional content that's too big to fit in a travel book. This forum is designed to compliment the book; not replace it. Each person that purchases a copy of Vanabode gets free DIRECT email support for questions you have; for LIFE, and has a road trip buddy for life in me, the author. Buyers of the PDF version also get free book updates for LIFE. On this forum use the SEARCH tab to quickly find information by author or subject or keyword. Have fun, sincerely, Jason Odom.
Discover how you can Travel America Forever on $20 a day!
What would you do if I PROMISED to show you how to live a complete life with all your needs met for $20 a day? Would you hike a national park like Yellowstone or Glacier and photograph wildlife for a month? Would you relax a month away on Florida's warm pristine white powder sand beaches sipping cold Mojito's? Would you hit the tables in Vegas for some exciting gaming and outrageous pool parties, followed by a mind blowing world class show? Would you dine out every night for a week on the pier in San Francisco? Would you go hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, boating, surfing, skiing, or otherwise get off the grid and out of the grind for months?
My wife and I are experts at this. Now you can get 840,000+ miles of road travel experience over 24+ years in my new book Vanabode - how to happily camp, travel and live forever on $20 a day.
Learn the Secrets of an Fun Romantic Life,
Filled With Adventure and Travel
You don't eat soup with a fork. If you want to be successful and have fun every single day of your life let me spoon-feed you our solid, proven, well-explained plan. I cover everything you need to have a great life on $20 a day; including delicious food, lodging, transportation, a hot bath, a good nights sleep in your own clean bed, and months filled with romantic new experiences.
NO money and NO time means most people don't go anywhere or do anything.
Vanabode solves both problems immediately. First Vanabode will demonstrate:
1) How to happily live on $600 a month and travel anywhere anytime.
2) Vanabode shows you how to get out of debt (and earn a living while traveling if you need income).
3) Bored? You will learn how to get the time to do ANYTHING you want.
4) Learn how to quit your job and make money in some of the most exciting places in the United States like national parks and state run wildlife refuges.
5) Have real adventure, romance and serious fun, now!
There are no exceptions: I will show every single person how to get out of their current situation and on to the road trip of a lifetime by using the strategies and equipment my wife and I have used for 21+ years. With this book you get the complete plan all in one place saving you hundreds of hours of research. No need to scour the Internet searching for answers only to find questionable solutions from strangers. Every single chapter in this book saves you hundreds of dollars a year in travel and living costs. Here are a dozen awesome pictures of some of our trips to give you and idea of whats out there waiting for you.
Bookmark this page using this button so you can find this site again later if you don't have time to read it all right now. I have perfected the road trip by making it possible to do it forever, and do it cheaply. You can too."I don't care what kind of vehicle you use to see America, get this book. He contrasts all kinds of living and traveling strategies from being homeless to being rich, from tractor trailers to backpacking, from houseboats to van camping. You will get the compete picture and when you're done you may be as convinced as I am (and as he is) that this Vanaboding is by far the greatest way to do it all" Sam Stout in Baja Mexico
When you Vanabode you can stay for weeks at a time in astonishing places. I show folks how we afford both the time and the money to camp and explore for months at a time. This makes a huge difference in your romantic life too. Image above shows where we played for a while on the coast of Washington in surreal landscapes of lush forest, fresh water streams and rivers flowing right into the ocean hosting a full range of beach-side sea life.
Europeans Get 10-12 Weeks a Year for Vacation - How Much do You Get?
My friends and family have asked us for over 20 years now "How do you guys get to travel so much when you're so young? (we are in our 50's now) How do you pay for it when you don't have jobs or savings? Can you help us do it too?" Sure! Honestly, I would have done it sooner but it was hard for me to get motivated to write a 120+ page book and stuff it full of pictures, when we were out surfing Malibu Beach one week and biking San Francisco or catching a spectacular show in Vegas the next.
"Mr. Odom really gets you to take a look at your life, and then just when you think you are going to be depressed, he shows you how to have it all. . . even on a budget that seems impossible" Charlie Stevens born in Huntsville Alabama
Vanabode shows you how to happily camp, travel, and live forever on $20 a day including food, transportation and lodging. This is not a gimmick. I offer you the sensible carefully structured travel plan my wife and I have used for many years. The book is complete with all the details necessary to quit your job, and get some serious time to yourself, anywhere you dream of going, before your time is up. You will learn how to infuse your life, marriage, and family with the greatest, most romantic memories possible, while spending about a third of what you spend at home doing nothing.
Above: Glacier is only really open 3 months a year. That's why we Vanabode, because we can go when we need to, not when some boss allows it.
You will learn how you can travel ANYWHERE in the United States, how to sleep in your own luxurious clean bed every night, how to have a hot bath every day, how to eat delicious meals, and how to experience incredible adventures cheaply. You will not skimp or feel neglected, bored or uncomfortable. You will have the time to relax or pursue your favorite hobby. If you don't have savings or retirement income I also include a list of more than 65 legitimate easy ways to earn money while traveling all over the country. This way you can travel forever if you want to.
The book includes a link to lists of free places to spend a night or a month from over 50,000 locations in the United States. If you want to stay put in one location for 3 - 6 months at a time, like in a national park, you'll see how you can get paid to be there!
Take the Mystery Out of Retiring Early
You will learn how to get the time and money for a temporary or permanent retirement, sabbatical, or extended vacation. You will find this work invaluable if you want more time to yourself: to write a book, compose music, create a movie script, or get back on your feet after a divorce, financial disaster, or family tragedy. You will learn how to live super cheaply off the grid even if you don't want to travel. You will learn how to get great sleep, how to maintain proper personal hygiene with hot showers and toilet strategies, how to eat and afford delicious exotic meals, all while living a life of adventure; safely, easily, and cheaply. You will learn how to cook hot meals anywhere without electricity, fire or fuel, made from the freshest ingredients including organic fruits, vegetables, meats, artisan breads, and cheeses purchased from thousands of farmers markets and roadside produce stands across the country. You will learn how to get rid of all your debt and stay debt free.
Above: shows a wild sea turtle photographed off the coast of Florida at a secret secluded clothing optional beach. My wife and I go Adam and Eve for days here in complete privacy whenever we're in Florida. We cover this location along with must follow parking strategies in the book.
You will learn how to happily live a complete and fulfilled life without rent or home ownership hassles, mortgage payments, electricity bills, water bills, tax bills, homeowners association payments, real estate taxes, sewage or trash bills, house insurance payments, pest control expenses, and more. I will show anyone that thinks they cannot afford to travel, how to do so.
"Vanabode takes the biggest expenses incurred in a long vacation (airfare, lodging and ground transportation costs) and throws them out the window. Unbelievable but true…well done. If I could hug the author I would." Lucille currently hitting northern California
I show displaced workers, and those struggling financially, how to cut costs and survive with their integrity and dignity intact. I show those who don't want a house to keep up with, like young surfers or college students, how to live a fun life without a mortgage payment or the responsibility of a house. I show RV owners how to happily downsize from their massive motor homes and fifth wheels, all the while saving money and expanding the places they can travel to. I show retirees the best way to keep their house if they want to, but still travel cheaply and easily. I show short term casual campers and normal families with young school age children, how to travel and camp cheap and hassle free.
"How many books have you ever bought that showed you how to get out of debt, travel AND find a job while doing it? This is crazy, but I'm on board now baby and loving it" Eileen Mathews in Detroit
"This guy shows you how to cook without electricity, fire, fuel or smoke: how to sleep for free in your own clean bed mortgage free every night of the year: and eat out every night if you want on $25 a day. You just can't top it" Tammy R. out of Branson Missouri
"The only book that you need to travel the entire United States. Period." Matt in Raleigh
There is no substitute for Las Vegas! Do you have any idea how much fun you can have here? Vanabode shows you how to get FREE access to the top night clubs and swimming pools here, plus how to get free food, showers and show tickets. Poker players too can live here for $20 a day and make big money plying their trade.
Survivalists or those being stalked can learn how to disappear, leave their past behind, and become invisible to creditors, government agencies, credit bureaus, and anyone else they wish to avoid. I show anyone that wants to run a mobile business like a website, hot dog cart, or consulting company for example, how to do so with very little overhead, freeing up their time and money. I show those with a chronic fatal disease how to enjoy life to the fullest before dying.
To Vanabode is to live: NOW. Come with me and you will discover why this revolutionary lifestyle is so unique and sustainable. This is not a tiny little one-week-a-year trip to a distant place surrounded by tourists where you hope the weather is good and pray you don't get sick and for a few hours you can almost forget your tired stress filled life back home. Then you board the plane or ship and head back to your old life; tired, sad and wanting so much more. NO! I am talking about a method of traveling and living that is so much bigger, so much more sustainable, so much more fun and enriching, that once you start you will never…ever…view your life the same way again.
Unplug your television, shut out the world, curl up in a warm bed behind a closed door with this ebook on your laptop and travel to new destinations: forever. Or you can print out a copy and take it with you anywhere and read at your leisure.
"I know it sounds corny but I think you may have saved my marriage with this book. When I bought Vanabode I was very depressed and I thought my wife was leaving me for sure. When I showed her the plans you outline she changed her mind and broke down in tears and said "Lets go together, please, please, don't you see I just want to spend time with you. I am sick of all the stress that is tearing us apart. I wanted to leave THIS LIFE that has become such a grind, not leave YOU!", anonymous from Toledo
"Intelligent insight coupled with a lot of one-of-a-kind information. . ." book reviewer
"I've always had this fantasy of quitting work and backpacking around. But my legs won't take it and it's not safe. This Vanabode idea is perfect. I am seeing all of the East Coast already. My average daily spend is only $26 a day. I highly recommend you get a copy of this book if you want to go cheap" Heath from Texas
"If you want to go anywhere for more than 2 weeks at a time, then you should certainly buy this book" Peter Arkins, Washington
National parks represent an American treasure frequented more often by foreigners than by U.S. citizens. When I asked my friends why they never went they all said the same thing. We can't we have to work. Vanabode solves these problems first. The book demonstrates how to make both the time and the money to visit these extraordinary national gems for months at a time. Above: Half Dome reflection at Yosemite National Park image © Starletdarlene - Dreamstime.com
"Edward Hasbrouck is considered by most to be the top authority on world travel having worked his way slowly through some 35+ countries in 35+ years. He is the author of the worlds most complete work on travel around the world titled "the Practical Nomad". He has this to say (quote) "No other country is more geographically diverse than the United States." (unquote) So what is stopping you? With this masterful book and proposed new way of life that the author calls Vanabode you can actually experience the greatest sights in the world from the safest country, cheaply and easily by van. No planes, trains, or buses needed." Charles Saunders
Wikipedia's definition of a "disruptive technology" or "disruptive innovation" describes Vanabode precisely; innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by being lower priced or making something for everyone that was previously only available to the rich.
"I don't care if you think it will be a year or even 5 years before you can leave on your trip of a lifetime. Get this book NOW so you can plan correctly! I did. It's only been 4 months and I have already tested my van and equipment with three 4 day remote camping trips. It is a lot of fun!". . . Tamara in Maine
"Vanabode helped me realize that it is not money I am short of, but time. This book showed me exactly how to fix that" Randy in Maui
"WOW! I am actually putting more money away while having the time of my life cruising the country than did while at my boring job back in Nebraska. Thanks for showing me how to do it" Steve Allistair
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"The first book I have ever bought that totally delivered. The chapter where you showed people how and where to find work while they are traveling was worth the price of the book just by itself" Todd in Oregon
"I have been van camping for years but this book really helped me. I thought I had it down pat but his helpful chapters on time management, staying in big cities undetected, and saving money were worth the price of the book times ten!" Andy Brewster camping all over Canada
"Astonishing book" Robert from Wisconsin
"Jason offers slap your face wake up calls with a sense of humility" Robert, Valley Times
"He really makes travel possible for everyone. . ." Peggy March living in Arizona
"When I read your line 'Vanaboding is about spending time living a fun life rather than spending money trying to buy a fun life' I was stunned. This is exactly what I have been doing for 20 years, trying to earn enough money to buy our family a fun life. Thank you so much for clarifying this and helping me on my way to finally living a fun life. The resources you provide in your book are priceless." Name withheld
"I've wasted many hours, sometimes days at time, reading over rv websites trying to figure out how to pull this off with a motorhome. He, on the other hand, gets right to the point with this travel book. Problem solved. I'm on the road and debt free now" Cindy from the Outer Banks
Variety Makes the Vanabode Lifestyle Unbeatable
From the finest art galleries in America to rugged national parks; from sandy seashores to desert rocky mountains; from small towns to big cities; from wild life to wild times; have it all now and real cheap too!
Images above include fine art galleries we have visited, gorgeous California beaches, museums, Zion National Park, and my lovely wife Kelly sliding down a snowy mountain on Mount Charleston 45 minutes outside Vegas. If you Vanabode the way I lay it out for you in the book you will have time to do whatever YOU want to do, and the money to do it FOREVER!
"I was very skeptical. For example, how do you take a bath while traveling and living out of a van? (he calls his hybrid version Vanaboding) How do you cook? How do you use the bathroom? I bought the book and I have to admit, he does show you numerous, I repeat numerous, simple practical ways to do all of these and more. He tackles the hard stuff head on. I am very satisfied with my purchase of this book. Permission granted to print this" Abigail and Steve from Albany
"Vanabode isn't just practical get it done information, it is quite inspiring as well" Atlanta Rigors
"This book should be given to every teenager. Instead of wasting their first year of life after school in some by the book college, they could get a real education traveling America" anonymous for obvious reasons
"Understanding how to pack, what to bring, what you will need and what you can leave at home, this is really important information to have when planning a long trip like I am. Thanks" Catherine McKinley in Biloxi
Photo above: One of our favorite pictures we have taken in 24+ years of cruising around.
"Vanabode explains quite simply hundreds of ways to preserve your wallet while really enjoying the world" Michael Barton, Amarillo
"This book pays for itself on the first camping trip you take" Ken from Baltimore
"The references and resources listed in this book are worth the cover price alone" Candice Milroy
"This is a top notch travel resource. It is completely original. I don't believe there is anything like it anywhere" seriously grateful in Burlington
Vanabode traveling is not all outdoor camping in remote rugged places. We spend nearly half our time exploring museums, art galleries, festivals, zoos, botanical gardens, and national monuments. Above images reflect the diversity of our kind of travel. Get a copy of Vanabode today and start planning your new life. I make it easier than you think. I promise. If for any reason you are hesitating please email me and tell me what's stopping you. I want to hear from you and I'll help you find your way.
"I've been motorhome traveling for 14 years and I've never seen anything like this" Brandon in Florida
"If you believe life is more than a 2 week vacation once a year then this book is your ticket out, at least it was for me" Michelle from LA
"If enough people get a grasp on this book the housing recovery will really be far off. I mean after reading Vanabode who needs a house?" Donald Wynkoopie in Virginia
"..travel the United States forever on $20 a day. Come on, I thought, who is he kidding? Well I'm not skeptical any longer. I am on my fourth month out west and I still pinch myself every morning to make sure it's real" Wally Jackson currently in Utah
"I love the way this author gets right to the point. He simplifies complicated problems and literally shows you how to make each step happen. If you want to travel a lot, and do it cheaply, this is the only way I see to do it", Percy Parker - Louisiana
"His English and writing skills are far from perfect. Still, 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
"I was stunned when I saw his list of all the places I could work, without experience, while camping. This book literally got me the first job I have ever really liked and I am 50 years old!" Sandra in Tennessee
"Who knows? I just might do this till I am 80. Thanks for the help" Jennifer Straus in Ohio
"I like the fact that he promises to answer any question you have after buying the book about travel in the US. He gives you access to a website too so you can read all the other issues people have asked for clarification on. It's like a support group for a secret network of frugal travelers" Arnold Hamburg
From the bestseller 4 Hour Workweek - "Being bound to one place will be the new defining feature of the middle class. The New Rich are defined by a more elusive power than simple cash - unrestricted mobility." Timothy Ferris
"Lots of pictures that show you exactly what he is talking about. Love it!" Wayne Brooks from Chicago
"I can't travel but I do live off the grid so I bought this book, this guy is something else, let me tell you. I mean he actually shows you how to cook without electricity, fire, or fuel" impressed in New York State
"First class. Straight to the point. Perfect as far as real travel guides go."
"Vanabode demonstrates that possessions are not a sign of wealth, but of poverty of time, of slavery to a thousand unrewarding pursuits. Check this book out. It's like a breath of fresh air that you can breathe every day for the rest of your life. . ." Peter Eastern in Temecula
"His insights into what one can do on such a small budget are priceless. Beg, borrow or steal the money to buy this book and get your life back today!" Steve
"I've never had so much fun so cheaply in all my life. I sure wish I had started sooner!" Terence in Albany
"This book reveals it all. He covers everything you need to know to travel for extended periods of time: including how to handle your mail, how to pay for it all, stay safe, camp in national parks for free, how to cook, bathe, sleep, and have a lot of free time on about $20 a day. He even provides a complete inventory of everything you need to take with you when you leave, I bought it all for less than $400 and have been camping in really cool places I never knew existed all through Oregon, northern California and into Arizona." Lee from Pennsylvania
"You asked me to provide my feelings on your book so here they are. If any of you out there have ever felt like you could not afford to travel then buy this book. I had some very specific questions after I bought the book so I took advantage of his promise to help anyone that asked. He showed me how to travel comfortably and safely all over the US. I'm a single 41 year old woman and I've never had this much help, confidence and fun" Samantha
"I wish I had bought Vanabode before I spent $90,000 on my big motorhome" retired name withheld
"Most people who are as zealous as you can't provide such restrained and useful advice. Thank you" Will
"The best thing with the lifestyle the author is proposing here is it is sustainable: you can happily, safely and affordably do it for the rest of your life if you wanted to. . ." Andrew from New Hampshire
"I had a former lover stalking me viciously, seriously. I bought the book because the author promised to show me how to disappear into America. I wasn't disappointed. He showed me how to register my vehicle in a trusts name so the tags could not be run against my name. I was able to comfortably leave my old life behind while raising my standard of living. Thank you, thank you, thank you" Mandy from New York City
"Get Vanabode before Oprah has it on her show and the price goes up!" for real Aprilla in Nevada
"I've been dreaming of quitting my job and traveling for a year or more but I didn't know where to start. Thanks to your list of legitimate "work while traveling" jobs, your advice on debt reduction, and your enthusiasm, I am enjoying my first stint in Glacier National park. It is incredible here and now that I see what I have been missing I can't imagine dying without seeing more" Benjamin from Knoxville
"He shows you 20 different ways to make money while camping anywhere in America. Cool resource" Sandy from Ohio
"This book takes living off the grid to another level, and it's a lot of fun too!" Arthur from New Mexico
"This book does not disappoint. The author has thought everything through and obviously he and his wife are living it. There is just no way he could include this much detail if they weren't" anonymous
"I love this book man!" Mark now playing poker in Las Vegas
"Timely, inspiring, and very, very interesting. My wife and I are already putting some of your advice to work" John and Trish in Georgia
"His comments in Vanabode, where he states and proves that being "time" rich is a thousand times more important than being "money" rich, are so true. He has helped me change my entire mindset and see that real life is not made up of what you buy but what you do. I have never been happier. Now I am traveling all over South Dakota and all the way down into Texas. If you are discouraged or depressed try this book before spending thousands on a therapist. You won't be disappointed." Tom Roberts in Charlottesville
"The best little travel book I have ever read" Gertrude Anniston from Brooklyn
"We are already getting rid of our junk and have made immediate plans to camp Northern California. Thanks for the battle plan, without this book we would have never been motivated enough to do anything"Tonya and Louis in LA
"Your short chapter entitled "We Never Own Anything" was revolutionary for me. It was like someone slapped me in the face, and after I got up off the floor I saw a new, more colorful world open up in front of me, a world with so many more possibilities. Now I am halfway through my first of many 6 month holiday vacations using your book" Marketa in Singapore
"I got 15 years worth of his experience for a few dollars. I was able to make a HUGE change in my life for next to nothing. Now that is smart shopping" Abigail Sinclair the "coupon clipper" from Wellington
"I was skeptical at first. I mean can you really travel the US year after year living in exciting new places of your own choosing, pay your way and live comfortably? Well that's exactly what he showed me how to do, and I'm doing it" Stanley Gootney in Atlanta
"This book is worth every penny"Jack Worst, Hamilton Beach
"I love how he gives you the total picture realizing that not everyone wants to hike the Grand Canyon for a year. Instead he shows you how to camp off the grid for a month in a beautiful place of your choosing, then spend a month living it up big city like in Las Vegas and San Francisco. Now that's variety!"
Tammy out of Branson
"This book is a perfect balance as it provides both practical "how to get it done" information alongside dreamy romantic tales of pleasures for the modern man (use this if you want to)" the Artist in Taos: not THAT artist…ha
"Vanabode is for all of us who want to travel more but cannot seem to make it happen" Greg in Viera
"Forget Fodors, Lonely Planet and Frommers. All they do is show you pretty staged pictures of places you don't have the time or money to get to. Buy Vanabode and you'll have both the time and the money to go anywhere you want in the United States for months or years at a time" Lee from Nebraska
"I've got your book. I've got your plan. This time next year I'll be writing you from Yellowstone" Sammy in Tucson
"Filled with information, this is a serious book, worth studying and putting to use" Anna
"Anybody can make use of this information whether traveling or planning to travel, or just dreaming about it" Cubey May
"Your philosophy on living in America is second to none" Abigail in San Francisco