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Kevin Arnold and Dani Dukes vacation the state in their outfitted van. (Courtesy of Vankookz)

“Advencha in advance of Demencha!”

This is the motto the two Kevin Arnold and Dani Dukes reside by.

The Albuquerque natives make their dwelling by traveling close to the earth – by van.

Kevin Arnold has opted for dwelling a van life and touring the nation.

The couple then documents their experiences on their internet site,, as effectively as their YouTube channel.


The changeover to van life was easy for the few as the plan came up decades back while attending Burning Man.

“One of the camp mates arrived to Seattle and we had a small condominium,” Dukes suggests. “He was like, ‘How a lot do you shell out? If you came to Australia you could dwell with me.’ We seemed into it.”

Dani Dukes chronicles her travels at

bright spotThe pair were 30 at the time and the age limit to get a working holiday break visa in Australia is 31.

“We took off on the experience and haven’t stopped,” Dukes says.

Although in Australia, Arnold and Dukes recognized the selection of surfers residing in vans and touring all-around the region.

The few was capable to conserve funds – and the commencing of their van daily life commenced.

“We acquired the van in Australia and it was seriously expensive, and we ended up figuring out how to make it work,” Arnold says. “We identified a van for $500. The dude that we lived with was an electrician and assisted us out.”

Kevin Arnold backpacking the Hoh River Trail to the Blue Glacier at Olympic National Park in Washington.

When the few bought again to the United States, it was time for them to downsize.

“Simplifying is more durable than it is to grow,” Dukes suggests. “We had a landlord who claimed, ‘People are like fish. As very long as you have room, you will obtain points.’ ”

“We nonetheless pack the necessities,” Arnold chimes in.

Their present-day van has all the necessities, like outdoor products and kayaks.

Dani Dukes and Kevin Arnold grew up in Albuquerque and each travel the earth living a van life.

Arnold suggests the van has a “pimped out” h2o filtration procedure that was installed just in advance of the stop of the year.

“The parents got reverse osmosis h2o on their sink,” Arnold suggests. “I needed that same process in our van. Of course you need to have heat outfits and electric power is generally good. We have solar panels on the van, which allows to charge all of our devices.”

Though the couple appears to be for a straightforward kind of daily life, there is room for a splurge at occasions.

“One of our greatest expenditures is food items,” Dukes states. “We treat ourselves well. I want great natural and organic and pasteurized foods. We by no means go out to take in. When we get to a new city, we search up what farmers’ marketplaces are all over.”

Kevin Arnold chronicles his travels at

Arnold carries on and suggests the future splurge is on out of doors gear.

The couple has observed a lot more visitors on their web site and YouTube channel due to the fact the pandemic started out.

The few has downloadable details on how to construct your own van, as well as a vacation guide to sites like Baja California.

“A whole lot of people today have produced the bounce into a a lot more sustainable way of residing,” Arnold suggests. “We’ve fulfilled a great deal of persons picking out to are living out of their motor vehicles. We’ve been to festivals for nomadic everyday living and it is intellect blowing to see how quite a few men and women are shifting towards this new way of residing.”

Arnold and Dukes enjoy their travels that consider them much away from their hometown of Albuquerque.

Kevin Arnold, left, and Dani Dukes have opted for living a van life and traveling the state.

They equally went to Sandia Higher Faculty.

“I grew up in New Mexico and it’s stunning,” Duke says. “With all of our travels, it is given us new eyes and appreciation for where by we come from. We really enjoy it now. There is often somewhere to hike and be outside. It’s a exclusive put.”

Arnold loves the problem of figuring out the future halt of the journey.

“We’re always looking for federal camping web pages,” he claims. “At the conclusion of the day, we are typically additional weary mainly because it will take so a great deal get the job done to prepare it all out.”

Dukes enjoys reciting their motto “Advencha before Demencha.”

“Our outlook is that we have to do it whilst we can,” Dukes suggests. “We are 35 decades old now and there is no way we can see ourselves ready right up until 65 and retirement to do it.”