About Me

My name is Lisa. In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. I left the States in Dec. 2015 with everything I owned fitting into two bags and haven’t looked back!

So far, I’ve travelled to 25 countries. My first destination after leaving the States was Scotland and as luck would have it, I met my husband Kuba there. We dated (mostly long-distance as I was travelling through Europe alone) and when I returned to Scotland, we got married! We’ve been travelling together since May 2017. πŸ™‚

In April 2018, we bought a Volkswagen T4 and converted it into our first home. We lived in our van and travelled through Europe for a year. Then we settled in KrakΓ³w, Poland for a year, adopted the cutest dog ever, and now we are in the middle of building our first tiny house in Mazury!

veganism + minimalism works for me

In addition to being a minimalist traveller, I happen to be vegan meaning I avoid eating and using any animal products. Veganism isn’t just a diet or some fad–it’s a part of who I am. I’ve been vegan since 2008, and though I initially went vegan for health reasons, the environmental and ethical reasons for veganism also provide compelling arguments for why we should stop using animals for food, clothing, and entertainment, to name a few areas of concern.

I owe the greatness of my life to these two major changes. My only regret is that I didn’t make them sooner. Now my life is simple and fulfilling, and I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been.

If I never went vegan, I never would have gotten involved in social media and I doubt I’d have this blog or any of the dozens of friends I’ve made since. Learning about all things vegan enriched my life and gave me a sense of purpose. It eventually motivated me to quit my job so I could work on one of my passions, namely sharing my positive vegan vibes with the rest of the world.

With great risk comes great reward

In order to do this, I had to jump headfirst into a minimalist lifestyle. I had to sell everything I owned and commit to living out of a bag for who knows how long.

What I’ve learned is that no matter how intimidating something seems, or how impossible your dream might sound, none of it will happen if you don’t take those first steps. If you never start, you’ll never know what you might achieve!

If I didn’t believe in myself and take the risks necessary to start my minimalist journey, I wouldn’t be travelling around the world as I do now and I would never have met my husband Kuba. He also happens to be a minimalist vegan traveller, just like me!

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Thanks to Kuba for this photo from our hike down Mount CalamorroΒ in Spain.

I hope I can inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. And if I can encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables, that’s even better. πŸ™‚

any questions?

If you have questions for me, please check out the following links because I may have answered them already. πŸ˜‰

Also, please check out this playlist if you’re new to my channel as well as my Q&A playlist.

If you have questions about my camera, our bags, clothes, Kuba’s busking set up, etc., check out our gear.

thanks for your support!

19 replies on “About Me”

I moved from PDX to Norway June 2015, I cant wait to move back. How are you so happy, living in Europe?

I moved from northern France to America in 2013 and I could not wait the get out of America. So we cancelled the INS application for my Dutch wife to get a green card and went back to the south coast of Turkey where we had lived prior to living in France. How are you so happy living in America? I will never return there – it may be one of the more toxic places I can think of.

There is no place in the world like Portland Oregon. The people, food, and the weather are unique to Portland. I am vegetarian, the town I live in does not have tofu or any tofu products, no bagels in Norway. What is a person to eat? Sorry you had a bad experience in the U.S.

Must disagree with you. I have been in Portland quite a bit because my brother lives in the area. For me, Portland has terrible weather, too much traffic and way to many restrictions and is too crowded. I love bagels but have found there are an abundance of other foods that fill the gap, so would never choose a location based on food. Just shows that one persons utopia is anothers hell. I grew up in America and that country no longer exists. What is left in its place is a very angry and toxic environment that no food, weather or other parameter can do to alter.

Hey there! I was wondering about your experience in Scotland. I’ve finished saving and downsizing, and am preparing to move. I’d like to leave soon (and start getting sorted in country) but I’m concerned about finding a job or a uni programme that will allow me to get a long-term visa. My greatest fear is having to leave and come back to the states. What was your experience? Do you have any resources/travel tips you’d be willing to share?

Wait i read something are your parents Dutch? what a small world mijn moeke is Nederlands woon zelf in Fuengirola probably you can’t speak Dutch he he he he

Hi Lisa,
You and your husband look genuinely happy! πŸ˜€ It is a pleasure to watch your videos which I have just dug out by accident on YT 5 min ago πŸ™‚ Warmia and Mazury is my favourite place on earth and always will be my home so I hope you are enjoying it too πŸ˜€ I would love to see your place and talk to you guys and I’m always happy to help. Me and my husband are also very interested in alternative ways of living although we live in an apartment in a very busy european city atm. By the way you have an adorable dog, she is sooo cute πŸ˜‰ Wish you all the best and maybe we could meet some day.
Cheers,
Fellow vegan

Hi Joanna! Thanks for watching my videos. We’d be happy to meet you and your husband someday. 😊

Thank you for making it Lisa! Keep it coming, it inspires and motivates me a lot. Well, we feel invited then πŸ™‚ I have like million questions so would love to visit. We are planning our trip to Poland in November/December, so would be lovely to meet You, your husband and your super cute dog πŸ˜€ Let me know by e-mail.
Greetings from Spain.

Hi Lisa,
We’re interviewing global travelers like yourself via live #travtalks on Twitter. Also, we have started our Podcast Channel recently. So, we can do either. We’d love to feature you and your travel journey and know more about your minimalist approach towards full-time travel. We believe that your stories have the power to inspire many aspiring travelers.

We’re in IST and you are?
So, are you game for one? Let me know?

Will be waiting to hear from you πŸ™‚

Hugs from the team,
Ria

I saw your video on youtube about returning to America and finding it to be much different than how you percieved it while living there. I share your experience about America after leaving there back in 2006 to live on the south coast of Turkey. I went there on a 90 day visa and didn’t get around to leaving until almost 4 years later when I moved to France with my Dutch girlfriend to live on a rural farm her aging parents had purchased. They had gotten a little too old to maintain the place, so we moved to a small house on the property to help out. In order to get residency in France we found that getting married made things far simpler. After about 4 years there her parents found they needed to return to Holland, so we decided to go to the US since my niece invited us to stay in the bunkhouse on their cattle ranch in Texas. Being there was like living in a country I had never seen or lived in before. I found Americans obsessed with money and the persuit thereof. Jobs, jobs, jobs – everyone wanted to know how many jobs we had or how many we intended to get. They also wanted to know what church we had joined. When we’d say that religion did not interest us, they’d treat us as though we had a contagious illness. We found that the American government had done a great job of indoctrinating Americans about how dangerous the world at large is and how great and safe America is. The America these people were obsessing about was one where you went to church to thank god for being an American while praying to that same god to protect you from the dangerous crazies in the rest of the world. You also worked as many jobs as possible because things like healthcare were luxuries only afforded to those who paid astronomical prices for it and those who could not afford it were lazy liberals who only wanted a government handout. We had started the process for my wife to get residency and soon decided to cancel it and leave on a plane back to the sout coast of Turkey. I have not been back nor will I ever set foot on American soil again. Good luck and good fortune to you and your husband in your travels. If you’d like to see our lifestyle you can get a little glimpse of it on our new youtube channel via our website at: http://www.athomeinturkey.com/index.shtml

Cheers – Ken Curtis

Cool reading about all of this. Just seen your video about comparing USA to EU. You’ve lived in so many places.
Would love to exchange ideas with both of you. Let me know when you will ever be in Belgium again, I’ll buy some good beers for your thoughts and tales about your yourneys and way of life.

Hi Steven!! Thanks for watching my video and for checking out my blog. We will let you know our travel plans because we hope to visit Belgium with our van. We look forward to meeting you!

Before you quit your job had you already made the decision to start saving for your travels? Also, what money management tips do you have?

I saved some beforehand but never planned on living off of it. I have a ‘money matters’ category on this blog. If you view the blog on a desktop, the categories and listed on the right hand side, below the top articles. I’ve written about several topics related to saving money and budgeting. I hope you find them useful!

I attempted to watch some of your videos but your ableist editing (re: incessant use of jump cuts) makes that impossible. They are unwatchable.