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Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

Finding Ways to Live and Travel Cheap – The Camper Van Conversion

Finding Ways to Live and Travel Cheap – The Camper Van Conversion

I’m always dreaming and looking for ways to be creative, live & travel cheap.

For now, let’s figure out the How to Build a  Camper Van Conversion, Cheap!

Here’s what I discovered along the journey…

I was doing research into camper van conversions, particularly by those who actually use theirs on a regular basis. I will say, there are tons of people doing it, not just in Canada, but throughout the entire world. Lot’s of information, ideas and experiences out there to be discovered!  You can always start by looking at what others have done through Pinterest

If you do plan on looking further into it, you’ll be bombarded with TONS of options: Campers, Pull-behinds, Vans, Cube Vans, Panel Vans, Mini to Full size School Bus Conversions, RV’s, Tear-drop trailers, Gypsy Style Wagons,  etc… (too many to list) There are many beautifully well done conversions out there.

People are not only using their van conversions for camping & holidays. In reality, I’ve discovered people living full-time out of their vehicles throughout Canada, USA, and Worldwide. Some live out their vehicle by choice, financial reasons, or just to be able to travel long term. There are some very creative and ingenious ways of doing so.  Also, if you live in BC or any other major city that is financially suppressing its people… Believe it or not, you have probably drove passed a “Stealth Camper” without realizing it, but that’s a topic for another day.

Let’s get back to the Cheap camper van conversion build…

Start off with this in mind – “Experiences over Possessions”, “Wants vs. Needs” and “Spend Less to Do More!”.  This camper van conversion build definitely demonstrates those mantras. Obviously my needs and wants are different than yours, however, maybe this will get you thinking in a direction that is right for you.

I had been watching Craig’s List and other similar websites for a good used van that I could convert into a makeshift camper van. It took a few months of patients but I found one….  

Click to Continue to the Conversion…
Travel Cheap – The Camper Van Conversion

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Sesame Street

Sesame Street


It was a pretty hot day and I just couldn’t cool off and now it was my turn to approach the Border Guard.

This is how it played out:

Border Guard is thinking, “This guy is sweating pretty good, he must be up to something no good.  Good thing I have my gun ready.”

Jayson is thinking, “I can’t stop sweating, it’s dripping down the side of my head, down my face. This is embarrassing.  I hope he doesn’t think I’m up to no good and has his gun in the ready position. (pauses)  Oh man, now I’m sweating even more because now I’m making myself nervous.”

Border Guard thinking, “Oh ya, he’s sweating even more.  He’s up to something.”

Jayson is thinking, “This has got to be the longest entrance ever! And why do I have to drive so slow?  They do it on purpose to make you nervous…geez, this is not helping either.”

Border Guard thinking, “He’s obeying the speed limit, driving cautiously, both hands on the steering wheel…keeps rubbing the sweat off this forehead…oh ya, he’s nervous about something.”

It was at this point I pulled up to the ciaos window, smiled (really cool like), with a bird on my shoulder, sweating.

Border Guard then asks to see my passport.  Oh man, I forgot to have it ready…this was not good.  I locate my passport and he asks tons of questions and fills out The Yellow Slip.

The Yellow Slip and my passport are handed to me with his instructions to attend inside the building.  Well now I’m super nervous.

I attend inside the building and was greeted by Bert from Sesame Street.  She looked just like Bert and Ernie.  She had Bert’s frustrated / upset look…eyebrows slanted.  Yup, she totally hates me. 

I tried to ease the tension by giving her a friendly smile and then out of nowhere I gave my impression of Ernie laughing….Holy Crap!, where the heck did that come from!?…I thought for sure the firing squad would jump out from behind the desk.  I cleared my throat, “cough, cough”, to cover my tracks.

“I hate my work Bert” asked me a few questions and then I was allowed to carry on with my journey.

As I was walking out the door, I turned to look at her one more time.  I thought I saw one eyebrow flinch, but nope, there was nothing…just angry Bert staring at me.


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