Get Some Adventures Interview

Get Some Adventures Interview

Everyone likes to dream a little right?  My wife and I have been dreaming for years about selling our home,  quitting our job, and hitting the road in an RV too see all the parts of the world, we haven’t seen yet.   Along the way we would take photos, and write up articles about our adventures, so people could follow along.

We’re still in the dreaming/planning stage right now, but maybe someday soon if things play our right.

A few months ago, while browsing around for other people that had made this leap, and ran across a website called “Get Some Adventures”.  Guess what?   They made the leap, and are living life and adventure on the road.

I thought it would be fun, and insightful to get to know them a little, so I reached out.  I ended up being so excited about what they were doing, I asked for an interview.  Fortunately they were kind enough to agree, and I think you’ll really enjoy this!

An Interview with Get Some Adventures

Here is the online interview I conducted with Kelly and Lee of Get Some Adventures, via a shared document and Facebook messenger.   My questions are in bold, and my information is in standard text.  Their personal replies are in italics.

Who is behind Get Some Adventures?   Can you tell us a little about you?

The two folks behind Get Some Adventures are Kelly and Lee Harris, a married couple who met in 2006.  You can read all about their story of meeting, getting engaged, married, and how they decided to begin living their life of adventure on the road in their story.  Lee proposed to Kelly on Mount LeConte, right here in our neck of the woods.

Get Some Adventures

My favorite quote from their story page is:

I’m not sure who came up with the idea that we should work 5 days a week to try and enjoy 2 but that was not the life we wanted to live.

How did Get Some Adventures Get Started?

It started as a hobby to share our travels and adventures with our friends and family. Then after a few months on the road I decided I did not want to return to nursing and I wanted to make this blog a business.

So my husband and I made it into a website and started one of many redesigns and then started taking online classes about blogging, writing, editing, monetizing, etc.  We then started networking and getting followers and now we are developing partnerships with awesome outdoor companies to share what amazing activities and places there are in the United States and the world.

What was the tipping point for you that said “This is what we want to do” ?

We were gaining weight, exhausted, stressed out, tired of traffic, and running the rat race. We had no quality of life. [Lee] owned his own company and I [Kelly] was in managing two departments in a hospital, both of us working all the time and living for the weekend and our next vacation.

Although, we were never really on vacation since Lee always had to check on his company daily. We had everything we were told was the American Dream but we were not happy or feeling fulfilled.

Are you in this for the long haul or do you see this as more of a short term venture for you?

When we set out in May 2015 we were going to do this for one year and then settle down in a tiny home in a town we discovered we loved along our journey. After one year we looked at each other and said lets keep going.

We have not found one place we want to live in 12 months of the year and we still have so much of the United States and the world to explore and experience. We will keep going until the money runs dry.

Once you made the decision to start Get Some Adventures, what steps did you take before you took your first adventure?

We designed a van, then bought the Sprinter Van, and converted the van in three months.  Lee sold his company and I quit my job. We then sold everything we owned including our house, cars, travel trailer, clothes etc. That was a full-time job.  If it wasn’t going in the van it got sold.

Lee worked with a friend and created our blog, Get Some Adventures. I got the social media accounts in place. We bought video and photo editing software and a new camera. We then decided to make doing the whole Blue Ridge Parkway our first Adventure.

Get Some Adventures Logo

 

Tell us about your Van, and any special modifications you’ve done to it.

My husband designed and built the whole van from scratch. One of our favorite parts is the separate garage where we hang out bikes, kayak gear, and backpacking gear.

We have a futon as our bed and couch. We share a very small closet and each have 1 drawer of clothes. Our fridge is a boat fridge that runs on 12 volt. We have an outside shower to wash ourselves and our bikes and a portable toilet for emergencies. We have an A/C unit, a fantastic fan, and a portable heater. The van is so well insulated we rarely need heat when it is cold.

The van is cozy and simple. We have great counter space. We live in about 69 sq ft.

Get Some Adventures Van

Why did you choose a Van vs. a Trailer?

Accessibility, cost, and size. We had a travel trailer before the van. It was a pain to turn it around and drive on steep and windy roads.

A trailer needs either to be plugged in or have generators and has to be set up which is a chore. The van has an inverter and 2 large batteries so we never have to plug in. With the van we have only one vehicle to insure and we get 20 mpg with the van vs 8 mpg when towing a trailer.

We can boondock (camp for free) in a lot of places with the van. We got to make work for our lifestyle  instead of picking some model off a RV lot and trying to make it work for us.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your new life?

As new travel bloggers trying to get followers and big travel companies, publications, and websites to notice you and share your information.

Trying to play the social media game with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest is an exhausting task.

What is the most exciting aspect?

Meeting new people, visiting new places, and experiencing new adventures. We have seen more in 16 months then we could in 10 years.

We started downhill mountain biking, we have been on SUP tours, Via ferrata tours, ziplining, high ropes courses, rafting, and  seen numerous national parks, and have had the opportunity to partner with amazing small businesses. We love craft beer and have had the chance to try so many amazing craft beers.

Can you share one moment or adventure that really stands out as the most memorable and why?

I thought about this and even asked my husband. No there is not one.

Each moment, memory, adventure, and relationship we experience has molded us into who we are as a couple and a blog. Every moment and adventure is unique and priceless.

If you don’t mind us asking, how do you fund your adventures?

No we get asked that question a lot. We sold everything, owned everything, and had no debt. We then invested that money and receive dividends. All our money we made on our own. We paid for our own wedding, honeymoon, house, cars, and college education. No one has helped us financially.  We also boondock (camp for  free). Another way we finance our adventures is we trade services with companies. In exchange for tours, tickets, meals, etc we do articles, videos, pictures, and social media advertising and marketing. We do a lot of research before we pitch a company and try to establish a partnership. We do not promote companies if we had a bad experience or would not return.

What do you miss?

I miss seeing my parents and nieces once a month. I would travel to Florida from Georgia one time a month to visit.

Oh and our hot tub.

What’s the most favorite place you’ve visited and why?

New Zealand. It is pure nirvana. There is no place like it on earth. It is like escaping to a magical land of clean water, air, and endless gorgeous scenery.

The food is clean too. There is no traffic, the people are extremely nice, and they have nothing that is predatory to humans.

What tips or advice do you have for others wanting to “re-define the American Dream” the way you have?

Sit down and evaluate your life. Make a list of goals, figure out what makes you happy and feel alive.

If you have debt then make a plan to get rid of it. Cooking has saved us a ton of money and calories. Don’t go out and drink, buy alcohol and have friends over to hang out. Only buy what you need. Material items are just that. No one needs five pairs of jeans and twenty pairs of shoes.

Rent a van or an RV and go travel for 2 weeks and see if you like a life of simplicity and being on the road. You can always find a way to make money, you will not always have the chance to travel and have new experiences because no one is promised tomorrow or a long healthy life.

Change is scary but monotony is deadly.

Any final thoughts or any other information you would like to share with our readers we didn’t cover?

Our relationship and lifestyle works because we work on it constantly. Our marriage is the best it has ever been. Our communication is open, honest, and productive.

We also have a lot in common. We are both clean, organized, motivated, determined, and want to be healthy. We have most hobbies in common but we do have different interest which is great too.

Selling everything and quitting my nursing career after 12 years was the scariest and the best thing I have ever done. We both have no regrets.

Wrapping Up!

I hope the interview was insightful and fun for you as it was us.  Kelly and Lee are both living the life my wife and I would love to live someday.  We’ve actually even starting planning for it and have set some short term goals to help get us there.

Kelly and Lee have an awesome website, that we would highly recommend you check out.   There are detailed write-ups about living daily in a VAN/RV, articles about their adventures, lots of great photos and more.   To get you started, here are links to their top five most popular articles:

  1. 6 Things not to miss in Big Bend National Park
  2. What to do if a snake bites you on the trail?
  3. Do you think selling everything to Live in a Van is a Midlife Crisis?
  4. The One Amazing Adventure You Must Do in Flagstaff
  5. 6 Reasons this is the Best Mountain Bike Getaway

Get Some Adventure is very active on Social Media.  You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

A sincere thank you to Kelly and Lee for taking the time out of their schedule to complete our interview.  Make sure sure you like and following their social media pages, and sign-up for their newsletter on their websiteYou won’t regret it!

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2 comments
Lee Harris says September 26, 2016

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help us help others. Please let us know if we can ever be of hep or answer ANYONE’s questions.

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    Larry says September 27, 2016

    You’re most welcome Lee! Thank you to you and Kelly for doing the interview. I really enjoyed doing it, and hopefully we can follow in your footsteps one day. We’ll be following your adventures!

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