Hey all, I’m coming to you from Edmonton, Alberta on this chilly morning. It’s been a hard winter working in northern Canada and living in my van. I think it’s time for a break, time to unwind and get my tan back!
Today I am flying to Costa Rica for the Envision festival. My friends at Liquid Dreams invited me to join them at the event to help set up a vending booth. Luckily my boss gave me a couple days off to attend the show. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am proud to be a part of it, especially in the dead of winter.
The Envision Festival is a world leader in sustainability and low environmental impact. I am excited to see how this event compares to others in Canada and the US.
With close to 5,000 “envisionaries” attending the festival, I am eager to learn how they can sustain such a clean track record. This cultural movement is a reflection of spiritual connections and interpersonal growth. They have a mantra of “partying with a purpose” in their core values. And they want to continue their quest to enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding ecosystem. Giving back to the community in a way that creates strong bonds with the locals.
I leave Edmonton this evening and will not arrive in Costa Rica until tomorrow at 1130am. I am really excited to reunite with my friends and have some fun in the jungle! STAY TUNED, because I’ll be doing a follow up blog post after the festival to share some pictures and videos of the party.
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Sorry it’s been way too long since my last post. I have been back to the grindstone saving up for my upcoming travel goals this year. I am writing to you from Dawson Creek, BC.
In the last year I travelled all over the western United States in my homemade camper van. I had the best year of my life making new friends and experiencing life on another level. I am dedicated to making 2018 just as exciting with new travel goals in mind.
Backpacking south east Asia has been on my bucket list forever and now it’s time to make that dream a reality! I have been doing some research of where I should start my journey. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, PLEASE SHARE!
I will be also be attending the Envision festival in Costa Rica at the end of Februrary. Reuniting with my friends from Liquid dreams and helping them set up a vendor booth. The event is a week long and I lucked out to have it land on my scheduled week off. From there I will come back to Canada and finish up the season at work.
should i teach english?
One of the most common ways to extend travel is to teach English abroad. I have considered this option and would love some feedback from anyone who has done this. Housesitting is another option to stay for free in other countries and I would gladly be a part of this movement.
There are many other ways to make money last longer than expected by staying off grid and relatively cheap. I plan on bringing my sleeping bag and tent to try and camp for free wherever I can.
My art is another way for me to make money while travelling and I will never give up on that. I have heard stories of artists doing murals in hostels and getting paid really well or staying for free. I enjoy challenges and would love an opportunity to do something like this.
In 2017 I made the least amount of money since being an adult. I also had the best year of my life! Travel is the most important thing to me and I will do whatever it takes to to continue living this nomadic lifestyle. Thanks for reading and please comment on where you would like to travel next!
Greetings from vancouver!
I am downtown VanCity for the weekend with my brother Mac. He is attending a personal growth workshop called the PSI basic seminar. This educational course was a catalyst for me to make some BIG changes in my life. The last six months have been amazing and I owe a lot of my success to the skills I learned at the basic.
Let me clarify that I am not a spokesperson for PSI or anything of the sorts. I am simply sharing that there is a chance for you to take control of your life again and make a difference!
Without this work I would not have had the courage to sell my house, quit my job and convert my van into an RV. I’ve been able to clear my mind and focus more energy on My Art, building success as I network throughout my travels.
Let me ask you a couple questions..
Do you want to create more value in your life? Or, do you want stronger relationships with your family or loved ones? How about this, do you want to make more money and build a successful career or business?
I’m positive most of you could relate to at least one of those examples if not all of them. The exercises in this class are great building blocks help maximize your true potential. Not to mention the amazing relationships you can create with people you’ve never met. Whatever it is you are lacking, you can acquire abundance in almost every aspect of your life.
I would recommend this work to anyone who is open minded and would like to better themselves and others around them. The basic is also 100% refundable if you are not completely satisfied with the work.
Check the PSI website for an upcoming basic presentation in your city and see for yourself. You’ll meet powerful and energetic people. People who have confidence and set goals, creating strategies to overcome any obstacles. You’ll discover a community of support that will help you stay focused to reach your dreams. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to the results you create through this work.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at one of the next events. Please contact me for more information or to ask about my experience with PSI seminars.
greetings from canada
Hello everyone! Coming to you from my beautiful hometown of Vernon, BC, Canada where winter is fast approaching! It’s been 6 degrees above freezing for over two weeks and van life isn’t so comfortable anymore. My van does have sufficient insulation however I do not have a heater to keep it toasty overnight. I’m staying with family and It’s nice sleeping on a full size bed for a change. Besides, I’m sure my mom likes having me home after being abroad for almost 5 months. Her hospitality is beyond what I’m used to on the road and I thank her for being a great Mom.
So now that I’m here, it’s time to get back to business and make some bank for the next trip! I initially thought of just going back to the oil rigs and swallowing my pride to be a slave for money. But I have been thinking hard on actually pushing my art instead, creating wealth through my creativity. Expanding my brand into different areas will not only pay off financially but will also give me a sense of belonging in the art community. Time to bury my fear and limiting beliefs, it’s time to go public!
I am working on completing some pieces for colleagues who have already placed their order. At the same time I am doing other pieces that will eventually go in an art gallery. I am building a brand and need to stick to my own style to create a name for myself. I have yet to step foot in an art gallery and show my work but it’s coming. It’s one of the hardest things to do and it terrifies me, that’s why I haven’t done it yet. I know that when a person is comfortable, they are not growing. There are too many quotes that remind us that taking chances is the only way to advance in life. I have to conquer my anxiety and reveal myself to the art community.
My friend Jason from Vancouver is trying to get me some exposure through a fundraiser and I have donated two paintings to the cause. He is also trying to work out some details on another commissioned piece that would gross 1000$ for the charity. I would be honoured to have my art displayed at a giant function with hundreds of potential clients. Furthermore, my other friend Kunal has offered me wall space at his cafe (Bean to cup) and I’ve already hung two pieces there. This is the start of something good and something I could get used to. Being an artist and actually making enough money to travel the world is my goal and I’m sticking to my guns!
Thanks for reading and stay posted for updates on this adventure I call LIFE!
Texas girl meets canada
Hello Everyone! Desiree and I are coming to you from Vancouver, Canada where we are trying to outrun the smoke from BC’s wildfires. The sky has changed from bright blue and clear to very smoky and grey. We arrived in Victoria last Thursday and visited some family of mine that live on the island. It was great to reconnect with some cousins I haven’t seen in years. Also rewarding was showing my Texas girl what Canada is all about.
So we started in Victoria and it was gorgeous! It was the first time for me in the Province’s capital and I loved it. From there we went north through Qualicum beach to visit some relatives and catch up. We camped at Salmon Point, north of Courtenay and it too was beautiful. So far after being in Canada almost a week, Dez thinks BC is stunning and she can’t wait to see more.
We decided to head to Tofino on the opposite side of the island the next day. It was my first time checking out that cool little surf town as well and I loved it! There is a great amount of art on the whole west coast and Tofino is no exception. Vanlife had a strong presence there which was cool to see first hand as well. Although we did end up getting kicked out of a parking lot that we tried to crash in. However we expected it after reading the signs for no overnight parking. We didn’t get in trouble but were politely asked to find a new home for the night which was fine. You’re bound to get pinched if you break the rules ha ha.
I asked dez what the biggest difference between canada and the us was…
“Lots of trees and fresh water!” I expected this response and enjoyed hearing that from my new companion. It’s reassuring to hear that BC is so beautiful and it gives me a new sense of pride to be from here. Honestly, even I was blown away by some of the beauty I had not seen before on Vancouver Island.
We took another ferry from Comox to Powell River to visit a friend of mine who has a boat. He offered to take us up the Sunshine Coast for a night on the water. It really payed off coming to see my friend because the tour he took us on was incredible! I’ve never been anywhere north of Vancouver by boat and I would recommend this to anyone who gets the chance. From remote islands to secret coves and tiny fishing villages, the Sunshine Coast has some of prettiest coastlines I’ve ever seen. Not to mention the hidden lake we found and the humpback whale we saw yesterday! We are truly grateful for the experience my friend gave us, here’s some pics from the last couple days on his boat.
heading home today or tomorrow..
It’s been four months on the road. Not only do I have some paintings to catch up on, I have a couple of mechanical issues on the van that need attention. It will be nice to regroup and maybe re-pack the van as well. There are tons of things I brought on this trip that I do not need and it will be nice to make some room in the van.
I’m going to cut this off here and figure out our game plan for the day. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter on the website. It helps me out and keeps you up to date on Da Peacetrain’s adventures!
Cheers for now!
The Oregon Eclipse Music Festival
Hello everybody! I’m coming to you from Washington State with my new copilot Desiree. I have a partner in crime from El Paso, TX and she is ready to take on #VanLife with me. We met at Lightning in a Bottle and have stayed really close ever since. We just finished attending the Oregon Eclipse Music Festival near Prineville, OR. There were 65,000 people gathered for this once in a lifetime spectacle and we both feel blessed to be there for the event.
In the middle of oregon…
..An assembly of sensational souls from far and wide to celebrate the full solar eclipse by raving for eight straight days and nights. This is longer than most weekend festivals and an eight-day event is pretty tough on a person, especially if they’re new to the scene. Dez and I had arrived two days early for our Volunteering positions we acquired months earlier. We also stayed an extra two days for a total of twelve days off the grid with the van.
The early entry was a disaster as the computer systems failed while signing people in. This created havoc with the eager festival-goers trying to get into their camping spots. It also made for extremely long lines for both the vehicles coming in and the people standing in line waiting to get their wristbands. We were in the van for two hours waiting to park, from there we stood for another five hours to get our wristbands and enter the grounds. I was okay with this due to the reason we received free wristbands for volunteering. Others however were a little short-tempered from travelling and having to wait in line.
After the check in we were able to score an ideal parking spot for the van in the car camping section. This was helpful when trying to locate our campsite when it was dark and full of other vehicles. The grounds were very busy with all sorts of festival people dressed in their finest. I was really impressed with some of the costumes and group themed outfits.
one of the biggest festivals in the usa.
The Oregon Eclipse boasted some fantastic structures and art installations. There were designers from all over the globe putting their own special touch into the event and it showed. There were people who came weeks in advance to make this event possible and I thank each and every one of them.
While volunteering I got to help set up some of the lights with the production team. This was cool because I got to learn something new and meet some great connections. Hats off to all the production staff at the Oregon Eclipse, there was so much hard work put in to make that place come alive, much respect to all who pitched in.
The music was awesome, the stages and lights were insanely good, the vendors and food trucks were top-notch, the lake was refreshing but somewhat questionable and the air quality was not good, in fact it was horrible. Honestly with the smoke from nearby wildfires and the forest dust, I felt bad for people who didn’t have some type of dust mask or bandana to help save their lungs over that eight-day span.
The weather was challenging to say the least, the air was thick and it was really hot during the day and it cooled off substantially overnight. This was a true test to the patrons of the festival to see how well prepared they were. We had no issues other than having to clean the dust off the solar panels two or three times a day.
the eclipse took place..
On Monday, August 21st. It started at 9:30 am and was a total solar eclipse by approximately 10:05 am. Desiree and I decided to watch the eclipse from the middle of the lake on a floaty we bought just for that reason. It was amazing to see the sun disappear behind the moon and reveal a golden ring of fire around it. Here’s a quick video shot with my phone as I did not want to bring my good camera on the lake.
seven days and ready for some rest…
like I said, this was an eight-day festival and we’d been on site seven days by the time the eclipse took place. Tired and ready for some rest, we took a few nights off from partying to recover and rest our bones. This was wise and I am thankful I have such an understanding woman by my side.
We saved our energy for the last night and had an amazing time dancing in the forest with our friends! The vibe was bittersweet when the festival ended as many wanted to go home but at the same time, stay in character at the festival.
Like I’ve said before, festivals are a great place to come and express yourself without fear of judgement. People can wear pretty much anything, or nothing in some circumstances and feel more liberated than ever. It’s a unique environment compared to everyday normal life where people are constantly being judged for who they are. I am hooked to the sensation I get when I am immersed in the loving culture of these gatherings.
That winds up my festivals for the summer at six (so far) and I am happy to end on such an epic phenomena. From here, Dez and I are heading North to Port Angeles to board a ferry headed for Victoria. We will then tour the island before heading to Vancouver and back to the Okanogan valley. I am excited to introduce Desiree to my family and friends even though she’s super nervous to meet everyone lol.
Sorry for the delayed post, I haven’t had service or wi-fi for almost two weeks. I will keep you up to date on my travels and hope we can cross paths soon! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter!!
My Nomadic Way of Life is Working!
Hi everyone! I’m coming to you from San Jose, CA from yet another Starbucks where I feel almost at home now. I am celebrating the success of my nomadic lifestyle and I want to share that with you. Throughout the last few months I have made hundreds of new friends and incredible connections along the way. I want to express thanks to those of you who have signed up for the newsletter and supported me in any other way. I am grateful for all of you who want to assist me in this journey and keep the dream alive.
When making this kind of drastic change in your life, you have to expect some negative people trying to stand in your way. I try to ignore such people and focus strictly on my goals and how to get where I want to be. Being mindful of how to turn off limiting beliefs in the brain isn’t easy and I practice it everyday! I have not mastered this technique or anything but I have had some help to realize how destructive being negative is to my life. “What you think – You create”! It’s easy as that. If more people had this mindset, the world would be a better place.
Anyways, that’s just one of the methods I use to acquire what I need when I need it. I will be honest, I have been down to my last 200$ several times on this trip. Somehow I’ve managed to create wealth or opportunities when I need them most. For example, after the Lightning in a Bottle music fest, I asked the universe for a job working at festivals. It was only 3 weeks later I met Chris and got a gig selling clothes for him at music festivals! It’s really that easy people! Meditation and mindset are your biggest allies when creating the life of your dreams. Try it out for yourself!
So from here I have a mens leadership seminar this weekend in Napa Valley. This seminar will help me create more value in my life and allow me to truly dig deep into what holds me back from doing great things. I am excited to see all my friends from my PSI 560 group and create new memories with the MLS team.
Thanks for reading!
Montana’s Pirate Parrrrrty!
Hey guys! I was recently up in Montana for the Pirate Party Music Festival with my new friends at Larva designs. It was a great event with lots of northern freaks coming out to party in the forest! We had a really great time mingling with all the people from that beautiful state.
I believe there was an attendance of around 3,500 people from all walks of life and even some children! It was actually cool to see parents get to bring their kids to the festival so they can both enjoy the weekend camping and get down to some good music.
The weather fluctuated considerably, it was 90 degrees during the day but dropped off to at least 55 at night. This was challenging for me because I didn’t exactly prepare for the massive change in temperature. Lucky my friend James Freeborn lent me a blanket the second night so I wasn’t shivering cold like the first night. Keep that in mind if you’re ever going tent camping in the mountains of Montana.
The music was pumping and the light shows were phenomenal, Especially in the forest with all the dust in the air. It looked like another atmosphere floating above the crowds. I would like to give recognition to the production crews, they did an amazing job setting up the stages and it was really impressive.
After the festival, the crew and I drove south through Yoesemite National park and down into Denver, Colorado. I flew from there to San Diego to pick up my van and make my way up the coast to Napa Valley for my PSI seminar. On the way I called my friend Mark and he told me about another smaller fest in Long Beach this last weekend. How could I resist?
Love Long Beach Music Fest..
..Was full of amazing people from all over the SoCal area, it was a great mix of souls and was also child friendly. The future ravers were carried on their parents shoulders with ear muffs and huge smiles! There were tons of great food vendors, live artists and merchandise.
It’s a neat dynamic having this as a family event, I’ve never seen kids having so much fun! there were art workshops and a kids yoga tent and many other things to keep the kids occupied while their parents danced or just took a break. I was fortunate enough to sit as a model for a live artist named Zachary Arenson who uses fire as his medium. He is a master blowtorch artist that creates amazing realism with burnt wood.
He eventually did my entire face but I did not have my camera on the second day. You can check my FB or Instagram pages to see the full portrait.
The Dj’s were the big hit for me this weekend as I am a huge fan of house music/techno. The vendor tents were positioned perfectly right in front of the main stage which had bumping beats to dance to all day! I wasn’t actually working but I did assist when needed at the booth. It’s nice to make these good relations as I go because they could end up being a major link to my success in the future. Here’s some more shots of the Love Long Beach festival where there was no shortage of admiration.
The LBC was hot this weekend and there was a fantastic turnout for a really great festival in an even better spot! Thanks to my friend Mark from Laser Trees for giving me the heads up! And thanks for reading!!
Northern Nights MusicFest…
It was a great turnout in NorCal for the Northern Nights Music festival. The crowds were filled with love and light as we all became one. The togetherness felt in these festivals rivals any other I can think of. To be honest, people don’t accept one another like they do while in these events. It’s really a great way to show your true colours and not be judged by society.
For example, men can wear womens clothing and feel like more of a man then they ever have before. Does that make sense? It’s a feeling where you are not under the microscope of the public eye. But instead showing your individuality through expression. I just think people have a chance to say F#% it and do what they want, not what they’re “supposed to”.
That being said, I wore some things that I would not wear in public everday but since I was working for the LARVA booth selling festival gear I got to try on some of the Fairy’s Pyjamas and promote the clothing! Being a model was exciting and I loved the way I felt wearing next to nothing dancing in front of the booth. I have always been a bit of a exhibitionist and this didn’t bother me at all, however I did accidentally show too much skin a couple times and got some weird looks haha!
Skin tight neon coloured leggings and exotic loin cloths with matching vests were some of the styles I tested out. Tribal face paint and my orange top hat were some other ways to step up my game when adding flair. I feel as though I have found the perfect job for me and my lifestyle.
The Venue was amazing…
There were three big stages and all of them were placed perfectly. The beach stage was set up on the shores of the South Fork Eel River. It was a refuge for the festival goers as it was really hot that weekend in NorCal. The Grove stage was nestled in the tall trees and was surrounded by amazing art and light shows. Seriously, this event had some of the best laser shows I’ve seen to date. I was extremely impressed with the production throughout the festival. The third stage was the main stage and it was right beside our vendor booth! Giving us front row seats for the show so we could cheer on the DJ’s as they threw down massive bass all night.
This being my first ever working festival I was impressed how smooth it went despite the long hours. I am also looking forward to growing with this company and helping them out for future endeavours. I was welcomed right into the group and was told I did extremely well even though it was my first time. Honestly it’s not that hard dancing in front of a booth and selling clothes to people walking by! I am a natural and I am very blessed to be a part of this movement.
Onwards and upwards from here, I will be going to more festivals with this crew as the season winds down. I also am excited to bring some of my art to the table in the future and perhaps make a design for a couple shirts or bandanas. This may be the big break I’ve been seeking the whole time.
Here’s a quick video of some of the highlights from the weekend. Please enjoy and share this with your friends!
Thanks for reading!
Don’t leave vehicles unattended in California…
…my bike got stolen right off the back of my van in SoCal. I knew better but thought it would be safe in the little neighbourhood it was parked. The van was parked for two weeks in Escondido while I was touring the NorthWest with the Larva crew.
I received a text from a friend stating someone had stolen my spare tire and my bike after one week. The spare tire didn’t bother me as it was too small for the lifted van. But the bike though, a bright green Norco DH mountain bike was the best bicycle I’ve ever owned. Needless to say I was crushed, I worked hard to get that bike and now it’s gone.
Obviously I should have been a little more cautious and put the bike in the garage for safe keeping. But I trusted these neighbours and thought everything would be okay. The lock was cut, the tarp and straps were cut off and left beside the van. They even stole by gear ties that held the wheels from turning and kept the handlebars straight.
I won’t be so trusting next time and I need to consider other options when parking the van for long periods of time. Especially in SoCal. I just hope the person who stole my bike really truly needs it more than I do. My old self would want to cause pain to this person and rectify the problem. But I’ve learned to become a better man in that sense and now I see things in new light. Yes it sucks getting my stuff stolen but it’s not the end of the world. Perhaps the universe will give me another bike somewhere down the line!
In the meantime…
…I’m trying to track down a tuxedo for my MLS seminar coming up next week. There’s no doubt I’m in the right place to find discount tuxedos for a fraction of the normal cost. After all, van dwelling starving artists don’t typically have an abundance of cash, especially for a tuxedo I’m going to use once.
I will be at the PSI seminar from August 5th to the 13th. From there I’ll make my way to the Oregon Eclipse Music Festival after picking up Desiree in San Fransisco. Dez is going to join me on this adventure and I couldn’t be happier to have her accompany me. Companionship is the one thing lacking from my journey and I’m thrilled to see what kind of shenanigans Dez and I can get into.
I will cut this off here to keep from rambling on too much. My apologies for not posting the last couple weeks as I left my laptop in California so I didn’t lose it on the trip. I will be posting some new articles on the last two festivals and my upcoming plans for the future. Please sign up for Da Newsletter so you don’t miss any of the action! Thanks for reading and please comment if you have any questions!
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