Mel and Armando: Van Life in Europe

July 6, 2016 | ,

American writer Mel and Italian filmmaker Armando met while she was living in the Czech Republic and he in Bulgaria. A couple years later, a few spontaneous decisions found them living and traveling together in a VW T4 Westfalia, and they’ve now been on the road since 2012. We didn’t have a chance to talk about it much, but they’ve also recently adopted a dog!

Note: Some of the language in this episode may not be suitable for work or children!

Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences
So many. We stayed with an Italian circus for a week. We visited the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Europe in Sicily. We’ve been adopted by: a Lithuanian couple, a Portuguese couple, and a Moroccan dog. Grin. Meteora, Greece, was an especially spiritual experience. Morocco for three months was a mix of beautiful countryside and difficult culture. Romania was amazing, pretty much all of it. It’s really hard to say just one.

Biggest Surprise along the Way
How people react to us living in a van full-time, saying either: “Where do you really live/are you homeless?” or “Wow, you’re living the dream. I wish I could do the same.” We weren’t prepared for any reactions about our method of travel.

headphones icon

In this episode

  • How they each ended up living abroad
  • How they met and started traveling together years later
  • Buying their van
  • Taking their work online
  • Doing trades while they travel
  • Getting sponsors for their travels/blog
  • Learning to live together 24/7
  • And much more
directions sign icon

Resources we talked about

Note: Links with an asterisk are affiliate links, which means you may receive free credit or another bonus and I may earn a small commission or other benefits if you sign up/purchase using that link. There’s no additional cost to you, of course!


Get the resources and connection you need

Join the nomadtopia™ Collective, a hub of information, inspiration, and community for building—and thriving in—the location-independent lifestyle that's right for you.

Welcome to Nomadtopia®

a hub of resources, inspiration, and community for building—and thriving in— the location-independent lifestyle that's right for you.

The Nomadtopia Collective is a global online community for all nomads — aspiring, newbie, and experienced alike. We’re here to not only help with complicated logistical questions related to nomad life, but also to support you at every step of your journey with a vibrant community of people who understand you, your dreams, and your lifestyle.

Get the Top 10 Logistical Things You Need to do before becoming a nomad

(That Aren't What You Think)

When you download the guide, you’ll also be subscribed to the Nomadtopia newsletter. Your email is safe with me and you can unsubscribe anytime. View our Privacy Policy.

Get the Top 10 Logistical Things You Need to do before becoming a nomad