What It's Like to Quit Your Job and Travel the World in a Van
"We have the ability to do whatever we want, when we want, wherever we want."
Two years ago, Jesse Bonde, a 27-year-old from Tasmania, Australia, decided he “had enough” with the “big drinking culture” that came along with working on some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. So he traded it all in for life inside a teeny, tiny van alongside his girlfriend. And now the adventure traveler says he couldn’t be happier.
“I wanted to pick up a new hobby that would keep me out of the bars and get me back into nature, so I decided I would buy a camera,” Bonde told the Daily Mail. “I hate being bad at things so I spent hours YouTubing everything from how to use my camera, composition, lighting, and how to post process.”
His hard work has paid off, as Bonde's stunning Instagram account — where he shares photos of his travels around the globe in his trusty ride — has amassed nearly 30,000 followers.
"I grew up in Tasmania, a beautiful island state of Australia that has so much raw and rugged terrain," he said. "This is where my passion for the outdoors began, but photography brought me back to it."
As the Daily Mail detailed, the couple has already made their way all over the world, including visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights in Norway. Now they are making their way through North America, exploring breathtaking national parks.
The best part of his new life, Bonde said, is the absolute freedom he now has thanks to his converted mobile home.
“For me, what you see in our photographs is the essence of freedom,” he said. “We have the ability to do whatever we want, when we want, wherever we want. We have no schedule, we just want to enjoy each and every moment we can in nature, together, and I think that is what my photography is all about, that freedom.”
And although he made this giant life shift for himself, Bonde said he hopes to inspire a few others along the way.
“It is my goal to inspire people to get outside and find something in nature that they really enjoy and can connect with,” He said. “I am a big believer that if there are more people going outside and connecting to nature, we are going to have more people helping protect our beautiful planet. So I guess the message is simply get outside and enjoy something nature has to offer.”