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A Not So Lazy Day of Van Life… CONQUERING OUR TO-DO LIST!

A Not So Lazy Day of Van Life… CONQUERING OUR TO-DO LIST!


Tantarara! Same old, same old. (Music) (Music) (Music) So, what we have to do today. We have to shoot a thumbnail, upload a video, also, upload our friend’s wedding
video that we shot and send it them. I have to finish my newsletter, publish that, and we’re in a bit of a predicament
because for some reason, our like little mobile
Wi-Fi is not working here. I’m not sure if it’s because
of this power line there. Because we’re in like an inlet with
like the mountain or something, but the Wi-Fi is not working so that
means that we’re going to have to walk into town with
all our stuff, find either a cafe with Wi-Fi or bring
our Wi-Fi and hopefully it works there. It was working in other
parts of the island and what happens at
the end of the day. Oh, boy. Lou wants another haircut. It’s like gotten a little long and I feel like the fact that
I cut it last time means that it’s a little uneven. So now that it’s
growing out looks a little bit messy so, he also got me a present. He got me a comb. So, hopefully this haircut
will go a little bit better. So, we start every morning with
20 minutes of vedic meditation, which really helps us stay
grounded and free from stress. I feel like before we started our
meditation practice a few years ago, I would have been really overwhelmed
with the long to do list for the day. But now, somehow it feel
like a silly challenge and not something worth something
getting stressed out about. All right, so I’m thinking if you
like hold the tea right here. All right, let me
get this like this. Something like that. Does that look like a
lazy day in the van? Maybe a little bit lower
and to your right. I feel like it was so lazy
we had to deal with this. A little bit higher. A little bit to your left and then tilt it a
little towards me. (Music) Guys I don’t know if
you ever noticed, but we’ve been trying to improve
our YouTube thumbnail game, but it’s really hard. Trying to find a balance between
like an actual authentic real moment and then, all of the staged exaggerated
images that do well on YouTube, is tricky. So, if you have any good ideas
for thumbnails about van life, leave them in the comments below
because we really need your help or at least let us know which thumbnails
you’ve liked and which ones you didn’t. We’re still trying to figure out
this whole marketing thing, but it’s actually a pretty
cool challenge. (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) All right, good job. Shall we go. Let’s go get this
video uploaded. I feel like this footage doesn’t capture
how hot this walk into town was. I think it was probably
98 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun was beating down and thank you Avery my friend
who gave me this visor because it’s keeping
my face not sunburned. But eventually we found
a nice cafe with Wi-Fi and that first sip
of ice tea, wow! We’ve only been to a
couple cafes this year, but every time we do it feel like
such a special little memory. Sitting and talking all afternoon while
we wait for the videos to upload and I even got to write
the newsletter there too. Sometimes I write on Tuesday, that’s when
the email goes out and sometimes I do find time to write it earlier, but it’s
a really special glimpse into our life because I feel like I can write things that we can’t
really capture in video. So, if you’re interested
in joining the newsletter, I’ll leave the link in
our description box. They come out every Tuesday and there’s also an archive with
over 75 of our past newsletters if you want to take a trip
down memory lane or something. I feel like whenever
we go to cafes, which is not that often, it’s such a special moment
because it feels like a date or something. We like, sit across from
each other we enjoy the luxury of a table and chairs
and chatting all afternoon while in this case we waited
for the videos to upload and it was really special. Nice, great job. Done, it’s a little not cold enough, but should be good. Still tastes good. Ching, ching. I’m glad that video is up, yeah and
we didn’t have to use our own Wi-Fi. Oh gosh. This thing
broke in February and it’s now July. I think it’s time to fix it. What it’s supposed to do is when we drive the
whole van shakes and so then this. At first we have
this on its own and because of this. And as you can see from this, it’s been swinging and
causing a ruckus. So, I need to sew
this back together and I have my little sewing kit. (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) That is sturdy. (Music) Yeah, you did pretty good Dana. Oh, it’s nice. We’ll really find out when we’re
driving if we hear more banging. It’s nice though. Right? (Music) So, I was thinking
something like that maybe. Yeah I think that’s good, here. Maybe a little closer
to the jewelry, yeah. So, a little less than last time.
Yeah, that’s probably good. Nice and clean please. (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) Tatarataraataraa! We’re almost done
with our to do list. Isn’t this amazing? Yeah, it looks so
nice from here. We got all our flags on. I feel like for some reason
putting the flags on, made me feel like
Ody is really ours. Yeah, like we’re changing the way
he looks on the outside because he’s our van. I know it’s weird putting
stickers on a car. Right, it feels like, oh, should I be doing this? But we can do whatever we want. Do you want to go work out?
Mhmm. Sweet. Oh, thank you. Are you ready for this? Yeah. (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) Dana, there’s just one last
thing on our to do list. Oh, boy oh, yeah. What do you want a little bit off
the edges, or off the sides, the long on top? Yeah nice fade please. I’ll do what I can, whoever
cut your hair last time it’s not very good, no?
I’m just kidding. I’m ditching the
comb it’s -bleep- I mean I’m ditching the comb
it’s not working for me at all. So this little section of your hair
it’s getting a little weird sorry. Oh, I love it. It looks really good. Woah! That’s a fade
(Dana giggling) Oh, it feels so nice Dana.
Yeah? Yeah. I didn’t take any off
the top, is that okay? Yeah, I think we can keep
it kind of crazy for now. You want it dramatic, yeah. Wow! I never had this before. So cool! You’re fancy. Thank you. You’re
welcome, you like it? Yeah, I really like it. You did such a good job.
Oh, thank you. (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) (Music) You’re ready for dinner? Yeah. It is 9 o’clock. A
little late but this way we have food for tomorrow
when we leave the island. Will you turn on the lights? (Music) All the lights he says. Okay. (Music) No! Ay ya ya. So, this is going to be dinner. We’re having a coconut,
getting fancy we don’t eat stuff like this a lot but it’s fun every once in a while. Lentils, vegetables, what is it? So, it’s a vegan curry. Vegan coconut curry vegan coconut curry
with tons of vegetables and lentils. So, it’s a vegan lentil vegetable
curry with coconut milk. Oh, yeah. I don’t know where our
bigger spoon went. The wood one? Yeah.
It’s gone? Yeah. Dinner time, finally, thank you. What a good van day. It’s a little late, we usually eat
earlier than this, but it was a huge day and 10 o’clock dinner is better
than no dinner I have to say. I can’t believe how
much fun today was. We got so much done like all of our
chores but then also that crazy work out on the mountain top and a haircut and two swims now dinner and
three meals, mhmm. I don’t know what else
to say, I’m tired.

100 thoughts on “A Not So Lazy Day of Van Life… CONQUERING OUR TO-DO LIST!

  1. just pick an image from a clip and add a flashy graphic. thats half your day saved. tip 2. Don't use a drone. drone footage is soo done to death here on Youtube. Lets get back to rich content and no flash intro's or contrived indexing.

  2. Please please stay true to u, i love ur van life channel the most!!! I watch alot but urs is the best, so real, genuine and sincere!! I love getting ur newsletter too!!

  3. You guys are my new favorite channel. So down to earth and are like the only channel I turn off my adblocker off for. lol

  4. Guys, you have a huge space problem with your design. You (as the majority of us) are the most active during the day, and for any activity you need space, comfort and a pleasant design to the eye to avoid early fatigue (for body and spirit). I know your motivation regarding the bed, but in the end, that is the big problem and maybe a cause of stress that you cannot motivate. If your van doesn't look as a living room during the day (where you are not ashamed to invite guests), then you have to redo. This one is one of the best designs that is achievable and at least, an excellent starting point https://youtu.be/yr4PhBG3DzU

  5. I would love to join a patreon community with you guys and help support you both more than just watching videos here. Maybe that is not a path you don't want to take. I would love to help you with van upgrades and gear and overall life better. You guys are so sweet and genuine 🙂 And you find the best music too lol

  6. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to work on my to do list when I get home today. Safe Travels and thanks for sharing.

  7. While the thumbnails are necessary (and yours are pretty good) I am usually more attracted by the titles for me you could just smile at the camera 😁. Seeing you doing such a tiny repair having left it so long speaks volumes to me. I love the feeling when I can repair something rather than having to replace it but it takes me soooooo long to get around to it 😂 Keep being happy xx

  8. don't stress all your thumbnails are great
    as long as you don't add cheesy big red bold text they look good. I love the preset you use to edit them so they are fine for now.
    we'll let you know if they get a bit scrappy

  9. As for thumbnails, honestly the ones that draw me in the most are the natural ones without text or emojis. But with a bit of exposure.

  10. *sigh*, beautifully done as always. thank you for all you show us. i really love watching you guys. 'til next time 🙂

  11. You two are such a great couple. I love watching your videos and am very interested in the food you eat . Have you thought about making cook book.

  12. Hi, I love to watch your videos regardless what the thumbnail looks like! But you ask so I like them minimalistic: a nice pic with some letters or doodles 🙂 for example "Inktober 2018", "Architecture in Barcelona.." or the "morning routine for mental health" thumbnail. I don't like clickbaits or visually too crazy things… keep it simple don't stress about it! all the love from Germany x Theresa

  13. It certainly takes a special couple to share what the two of you share. I would love to see your whole workout you guys have created for yourselves

  14. Lou's haircut was the best! The DIY Workout was great proof that no one needs a pricey gym membership to stay FIT! Calisthenics RULE!

  15. I agree with many of the comments – watching your videos always makes me smile. Great job shooting and editing and drawing and cooking! I'm a bit hungry after each vid. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  16. I love you guys! I'd love to see a video talking about the future for your family – next travel plans, family planning, etc.

  17. I was expecting to hear Eye of the Tiger when yall started your excersize session! Love your videos, they're always a calming entertaining part of my day when I get to view them. Glimpses into a way of life so different from my own is wonderful.

  18. this is the best youtube channel ever, its even better than mine…haaa….
    Coming home from work and watching this as I eat my dinner, makes me feel that I've been on holiday.
    thank you, keep them coming…..and subscribe to me!!! haha

  19. Men are so cute when they're alone with the woman they love. I love watching your gentle but fun/quirky relationship. ♡

  20. Imagine your to do lists living in a camper with 4 kids, 3 dogs, and 3 cats (one of them is having kittens today 😱), been doing this for almost 2yrs now, life on the road is awesome! 💜

  21. Tats, burks, morning meditation, crunchy naturals, all in a POS van are a well worn, lack lustre, and a completely edgeless theme.
    Another American millennial couple with complete lack of mechanical skill, self responsibility, and motivation for anyone or anything else but them self’s, on an extended vacation in a craptastic carbon emitting van.
    What’s the point? You dumped your trash and waste, hiked trails you didn’t belong on, spent five whole shillings to improve the local economy, took some selfishies (selfishies is copyrighted), mapped out where the next five-thousand shite vans can park to do the same,
    and move to the next point of destruction.
    If you really want to be different it’s time to shave the beard, remove the stocking cap and find some jeans that actually fit (metaphor, look it up) and do something really different!
    Stop complaining about how little YouTube pays so now your forced to beg to con’t. the vaca.. Do something, be something outside the box (literally)!!

  22. If you can find them, get some electric hair clippers. They would make giving Luo a haircut a snap. There are haircutting kits available with the clippers too. Amazon has them.

  23. I really love those tight short camera shots of the locks clicking, scissors snipping.. etc. Those just really add to the checking off of your list 😉

  24. You guys have inspired me and my boyfriend to live our own van life!! …. Hopefully, it’ll happen soon 😂

  25. Also, with thumbnails, the ones with lettering/ handwriting on them are more eye catching to me. And the ones that show the most emotion. Exaggerate emotion and bright colors pop out more.

  26. Wanted to add one more thing… the video you guys have that’s titled can life sucks is what I mean about emotion. I’m so proud of you guysssss!!!!! Hopefully I’ll start a YouTube channel soon!

  27. Honnestly your thumbnails are so nice ! Somethimes its better to do your thing than what you think your should do (and or everyone else is doing if that make sense) personnaly i like the the travel journal ones and i thought the one for the "getting our van onto a greek island" what really eye catching ! Also like the simple photo with the lettering that you did somethimes…just my opinion, hope some agrees 😉

  28. i way prefer the more candid real moment thumbnails to the posed ones! those ones feel more natural and capture your personalities more than the posed ones that feel a little jarring compared to the lovely content you guys make! x

  29. Love your guys video!!!!
    Is so natural and beautiful and your guys are so beautiful inside and out.
    You guys made me feel so peaceful and to appreciate more of life 🙂

  30. "Same old, same old" LOL AS IF that's possible! That breakfast looks amazing! AND… you get to eat it in freakin Greece! Your camera shots and b-roll are so great! I also really enjoy the scrapbooking/to-do list/writing. Keep up the great work! I love watching your journey and thank you for sharing it with us!

  31. I love your videos – these Greek island videos remind me of when I spent a lot of time in the Greek islands in the 70s and 80s – I can feel the sun and the smell of wild oregano as I watch -so thanks for bringing back some precious memories – where are you going next?

  32. Hello Young people, I have the same van! I'm a fan, I have a question, which is the model of the shredder (mixer), please, 12v or 220v? How many watts?

  33. Keep the thumbnails authentic and don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Trends will come and go. Plus this is your own brand in a sense. You two have your own thing, which people who watch, love. Maybe you can come up with a signature thumbnail filter.

  34. Love the relationship you two have! I was thinking about it and realised that you guys spend most of your time together, live in a relatively small space and rarely see other people. How do you manage to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and not to annoy each other? For me personally no matter how much I like a person I will still need my own personal space, for example I can live with another person but need a seperate room. I guess one of the things you guys do is e.g. when Dana does her journaling she gets some time for herself, but I would genuinely be interested in what you guys do and any advice!

  35. Loved the thumbnail you guys were working on in this video! I've been going through your whole channel at once, and that one in particular I was drawn to because of the image.

  36. Another great video. I love you guys! P. S I'm a hairdresser and I think you do a damn fine job, and without a comb 😊

  37. When I watch your videos it seems as if all my worries…just go away. Stay happy. And thank you. May God always be with you

  38. The hair cutting part was so sweet. It reminds me a lot of my boyfriend and I. I'm always kissing his face wherever I can reach lol. Teaching him how to swim, kissing his face. Trimming his beard, kissing his face. Debating which kind of quinoa to get, kissing his face <3

  39. There's something about this couple that pulls on my hearts strings everytime. Dana exudes innocence and truth. Lou, it's humbleness and sincerity. Rare on these conversion/ travel videos is it to find such people. I hope you both the best in your travels. To tell ya'll to stay humble is to state the inevitable. ya'll seem to have been born with it, though it is taught . Peace.

  40. Its always great when the wife gives a good haircut with fade! Mine does a good job and its so nice to not have to pay a barber.

  41. Best YouTube channel. I look forward to your videos with great anticipation, like a visit from my grandchildren ❤

  42. I’ve always been drawn to your videos, and the recent thumbnails have been super cute! I do love when they’re creative (like you) with lettering, doodling, whimsical elements, but I also know you already put so much work into the videos, that just the cute snapshot poses of Dana are great!! I get excited every Tuesday to read the newsletter and catch up with your van life. You two do a fantastic job, don’t second guess yourselves 😉😄

  43. This was such an amazing video to watch, you guys are so authentic and real and I love it. 2 beautiful souls living their best life 💛 sending my <3 from Australia!

  44. hi!
    I just went through your recent thumbnails and my favorites are:
    the travel journals (interesting compositions, clear what the video is about and very colorful) ,
    day in barcelona (very artsy, interesting picture and composition),
    where we had our first kiss (really cute photo, plus text),
    and the one for this video I like a lot as well.
    So basically just a nice photo, where you add text or doodles that relate to the video and add some interest to the picture 🙂 (I definitely think when there's hand-written text on it, thumbnails look waaay better!)
    I'm not really into the more clickbaity stuff like the 'our battery died' one, but iI can see how thumbnails like these might attract new viewers… I personally was not a fan of the 'getting our van on the greek island' one either, since it lookes too edited for my taste.

    for van-specific images, I love it when the van is small and you can see where it stands, so a lot of landscape! 🙂 I prefer that to close-up shots of the van, since I think it conveys the feeling of travel and adventure way better if we can see where you are 🙂 (kinda like that one: https://www.pinterest.de/pin/336925615870559841/ )

    xx

  45. You are just the sweetest couple here on YouTube! I love your content. Mostly because I think both of you are just amazing human beings, so kind and loving! 🙂

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