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Freedom on the roads of Australia


(First published in Issue 1, September 2020) Our van life journey began 5 years ago, back when a house was what we called home.

We’re Tia and Jordan, a young couple who met in what you might say was an unconventional way; not via a dating app, but a couch-surfing one.

A young couple stands smiling beside a classic half white, half yellow van on a sandy terrain in Australia, bathed in the warm light of the setting sun. The woman, dressed in white shorts and a top, holds a small, fluffy brown dog in her arms. The man, wearing sunglasses, a white shirt, and beige shorts, stands beside her with a relaxed posture. Trees in the soft-focus background suggest a remote, tranquil location. @75vibes_ 09/2020 Vanlifezone (Issue 1)
Jordy, Tia and Zenna - @75vibes_ 09/2020

Our free-spirited souls connected, and it wasn't long before we left the couch and the house it was in to begin road tripping together. Every weekend, we'd go where our hearts led us, whether that was sleeping on a sand dune by the sea or dancing at a festival in Margaret River.

These experiences gave us a taste for wanting to be free on more than just the weekends. We wanted to call the freedom of the open road our home, and so, our search for a new home (on wheels) began. This is when we met Stella, our 1975 VW Kombi.

A couple enjoys a romantic picnic at dusk next to a classic yellow and white camper van with the pop-top open. They are sitting on a colorful rug adorned with pillows and a guitar, surrounded by peaceful countryside. The woman, holding a vintage camera, is listening to the man as he speaks, while a small, fluffy dog rests beside them. A bottle of wine and two glasses complete the intimate setting under a soft, pastel sky. @75vibes_ 09/2020 - Vanlifezone (Issue 1)
The freedom of calling the open road our home - @75vibes_ 09/2020

After buying her, fixing her up, and getting her ready for the open road, we began our journey traveling along the North-West coast of Australia, where the desert meets the sea. The rugged terrain was harsh, yet extremely beautiful. We were mesmerized by bright pink lakes, touched by the experience of hand-feeding wild dolphins, and amazed by some of the best surf spots in the world.

Since calling the freedom of the open road our home, we've felt more inspired than ever before, working towards our own goals, going with the flow, and loving the freedom and joy it all brings.

A yellow Volkswagen van with the license plate '75 VIBES' drives along a coastal road. Surfboards are visible on the roof rack, hinting at an adventurous beach outing. Inside, a person is focused on the road ahead, while the backdrop features a calm sea and a clear sky at twilight, conveying a sense of freedom and the spirit of a road trip along the picturesque coastline. @75vibes_ 09/2020 - Vanlifezone (Issue 1)
Going with the flow - @75vibes_ 09/2020

This is only just the beginning... Come join us on our journey, discover how we made our dream a reality through experiences we never expected, and learn what we've discovered along the way.

About the author
Tia and Jordan, the faces behind @75vibes_, are nomads at heart who swapped traditional living for van life's liberty, exploring Australia's vistas and sharing their beautiful journey on social media.