| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Couple Trade Apartment in New Orleans to Travel in a VW Van

I’m Dustin. I’m Naomi and our van is Irie. So we met seven years ago. Yeah. We talked
about traveling since we met specifically we talked about buying a
van traveling the country. We were living in
an apartment in Uptown New Orleans. It was about 1,800 square foot apartment
right on St. Charles. a beautiful part of New Orleans on the Mardi Gras parade
route so it was party central during Mardi here. It was a really good
location and we managed to fill it. We did an extended trip through
California that was the trigger, that spark that we needed. I think it was a
fall day. I was at home cooking dinner and he was at work and I called him and
I said. “look, I really need to talk to you” and he got home and he’s like, “honestly, I
have to talk to you as well.” When he got home we had this talk. I told him I said,
“look, I think we should do it. I think we should buy a van and pursue our dreams”,
and he said, “oh my gosh, that’s exactly what I wanted to talk to you about.” It
was crazy the magic that we had. We’re the kind of people you know, we would talk
ourselves out of things so we had to just like go headfirst into it. We gave
ourselves two months to make it happen. We searched and searched for a van. We
actually found the van I think a couple weeks before our deadline to get on the
road which is crazy because we were selling all our stuff. We found her in
Mobile, Alabama about a two and a half hour drive from New Orleans. So this is Irie. She’s a 1985 Volkswagen
Vanagon aka Westfalia, mileage unknown. The odometer doesn’t work. We estimate about
two hundred thousand miles, still going strong. Starting in the front we got
our bikes on the front. We got our high bridge, we like to do a little trail
riding. We mounted them on the front by cutting a hole in the front bumper and
welding a receiver to it. We upgraded our headlights to jeep headlights, LED Gpad
lights, which are super bright. Major upgrade. The engine, let’s talk a little
bit about the engine. We’ve got a 1.9 liter super high horsepower engine
probably get about I don’t know 65 horsepower so she’s flying. Probably
not winning too many races, but it’s this way. We need to go up top. We have a
hundred watt solar panel charging two six volt 230 amp power batteries. That’s
our power source that charges our laptops, our camera batteries, everything
we need to keep going. Behind that we’ve got our Yakima cargo box which I don’t
know how we would live without it. We keep all our backpacking gear, camping gear in
it, any extra necessities, wetsuits, all go up top, surfboard. Next to it we put the
roof rack on ourselves. ARB awning which is a game changer. Honestly having
an awning on there really expanded our living room by about 64
square feet. So we added some shocks which helped,
still takes a bit for us to get it up… takes both of us to get it up. We just
acquired some shocks which we have not yet installed. Back of the van
we’ve got a toolbox as you can see. We utilize the space to keep an extra three
gallons of water and an awkward brick. It’s also got an awesome filter so
we can get water from any water source. We have a solar shower. This we’ve built
ourself as well. It holds about five gallons of water. It’s got a pressure
valve at the top so you can put an air compressor on it and pressure it up and
get pressurised showers so that’s really good to have. Welcome to the inside of Irie. This is where the magic happens. I’ll start with our closet. This is where we
keep all our clothes. We use these little clothes bags to keep everything
organized and here we have our little cubbies. So in here we have just everyday
things that we use. We took the AC unit out, it never worked anyway,
and this is where we store some more toiletries and lots and lots of baby
wipes. This is a necessity for the road. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Before I had like the little hammock but we go down a lot of gnarly roads and it
would bang around and bruise the fruit. This has been great right here
where I prepare our meals to be well for of our adventures. We have a two
burner stove and we have our cutting board over the sink. This has really
helped. Before I didn’t have a cutting board here and it was like I’m on the
floor chopping vegetables and all of that. We have like a really awesome GoWesty faucet so it
folds up and down and rotates. I have a spice rack that I use magnets for this
has saved a lot of our pantry space in the van and our refrigerator
it’s an England. Over here is where we keep pots and pans and knives and wine
of course and our bowls, any utensil that we use for cooking and eating we store
it here. We have magnet strips for all our knives so that’s been, that’s very
pretty great so no shuffling of our knives in the drawer. It’s dangerous. And
this is our pantry. This is what we eat: so we have oil and figs and all the
good stuff cereals so we store all of that in here. Under the seat more storage.
This is where we keep shoes and our two batteries, a bookshelf that I filled.
First we kept shoes here and then we had like books that we read every day or
journals and stuff like that and then I got this design from Bound For Nowhere. And we have up top that’s our bed so let me show you how this works. So we
usually store everything under there up here but sometimes you know when maybe
we don’t want to like fold everything down, we have to leave early in the
morning, we’ll just say, “okay, let’s not unpack everything and just sleep up top” so this is our bed on top and this is
how…here I am up top and it’s pretty it’s pretty awesome.
We normally sleep at the bottom, it’s much more comfortable. Everything
back there we put it up top and you pull it out like this and we have a bed to
sleep on. We also have like a Propex heater which
helps you know if it’s chilly but when it’s really really cold we head south.
This is where we store all the stuff that goes up top when we have to sleep. So back here we have blankets, camera stuff, our Kelly Kettle, and just random
everyday things. My piece of advice would be to just do
it. You’ll figure it out. We planned everything. We said,
“okay we’re gonna eat this. We’re gonna need that. We packed the bag with a bunch of
the useless crap. Then you realize that we have to get
rid of it and we have to get the things that we actually need. It’s best to just
jump in, see what happens, see if you figure out your flow, you know?
It took like six months for us to find our rhythm on the road. We’re still
getting better, learning. Yeah. We’re constantly changing. The first
step is always the hardest. One thing we learned after a year on the road is take
your time, slow down. It’s easy to get out there and say, “I want to do this. I
want to do that.” There’s so many places we gotta see
and if you’ve rushed through it you missed so much.
Slow down, take your time, stay in a place for a few days, a few weeks. Go slow and
enjoy. I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s episode. If you did be sure to
LIKE comment and subscribe to the channel and if you want to see more
about Dustin and Naomi you can find us @irietoaurora on Instagram.
Peace out guys!


Meko Saowalukpornthong

Jan 1, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

Seems like a very sweet couple especially his girlfriend? awesome life love it ?

sassy luv

Jan 1, 2019, 10:20 am Reply

Two awesome souls❤??

Rob van Gils

Jan 1, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

Love her postive vibe 🙂 take your time and slow down

Jake D.

Jan 1, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

Great couple, cool van, amazing lifestyle!

Gary Wray

Jan 1, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

There’s so many couples doing this that seem shallow or “fakey”. I know, not a real word. But not the two of you two. You aren’t trying to get famous from doing this. That is obvious. I can’t say anything about you that hasn’t been said already. So awesome and inspiring! Keep on rolling and take care of each other and Irey too. Bless you in your wonderful life. May you always be happy as you are in this video. One day I hope to see you on the backroads.

barry barrygoldsmith

Feb 2, 2019, 2:51 pm Reply

A beautiful couple who put it together to live they life. Thumbs up

Dirk on Tour

Feb 2, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

THX for this Video….. VG from Germany Dirk

Joseph Richter

Feb 2, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

When she watches the video and realizes she wasn't wearing a bra, but then looks at the comments and notices that nobody cared.

Tae Mcgrew

Feb 2, 2019, 4:21 am Reply



Feb 2, 2019, 12:05 am Reply

Awesome. Bless you dear hearts.

Saul Roberson IV

Feb 2, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

With so many materialistic people in the world this is Great. Hey Dustin does your wife have a sister? ? asking for a friend. ? Any woman willing to give up societies “Norm” to live like that is definitely worth doing whatever you have to do to make her happy and you guys give the world Hope for real Love not based on today’s standards! ??

Hipped Boi

Feb 2, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply


Saleh Houshiya

Feb 2, 2019, 9:54 pm Reply

Very very nice ?

Jessiemarie Maestas

Feb 2, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Good for you ,you only live once, you don't take your material things just your memories when you die . Enjoy life now

Bernard Riddick

Feb 2, 2019, 9:13 am Reply

I'm just surprised you found a sister that likes the outdoors and camping lucky man????

Levi Miller

Feb 2, 2019, 8:22 am Reply


Matt Machles

Feb 2, 2019, 2:07 am Reply

Well played, y'all

allen epright

Feb 2, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

How do you make your money ?

Drago Minh

Feb 2, 2019, 12:51 am Reply

She looks yumm

Ms Wonderfulgem

Feb 2, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

How do they afford this lifestyle when they are constantly moving?

G. Patrice Pulley

Feb 2, 2019, 10:36 pm Reply

Nice. Seems like a nice coupling.

Lean Beam

Mar 3, 2019, 5:57 am Reply

I sense U guys belong together forever living life! May all of your beautiful dreams materialize!!


Mar 3, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

Who filmed this? The camera was on the beautiful lady all the time.

Carstella Moore

Mar 3, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

So much like being homeless

Christelle Calixte

Mar 3, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

ok now i am going to be the one person to ask this question because i have watched many tiny homes/buses living videos and not once have i heard someone ask this. what type of job are these people having that allow all that free time?! i want it too…

Laurence Tatin

Mar 3, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

Charming people.


Mar 3, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

Sweet ride!

Michael Malliah

Mar 3, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

is noami trinidadian? she sure sounds and look it…


Mar 3, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

These are my kind of peeps! Peace and love ya'll. Now if I can find the courage to quit my 9-5 and tell my husband I'll be gone for a while… <3 <3

Willie Fufu

Mar 3, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

Let's do it, both on the same wavelength. Dustin, you have a Lady that will look young and sexy for many years, she will keep you looking and feeling young as well. I like that you two were determined enough to follow your hearts and dreams to get the VW Bus. I dig those Bell Bottom Pants, the Peace Sign, yea. Oh, ok, Naiomi has that Good Hair, perfect skin, legs and bottom, a nice voice and very Pretty Face, Dustin, you are my Hero, now, I will go back and try to look at the Bus.

Deidra Taylor

Mar 3, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

This is awesome ?❤?


Mar 3, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

Wonderful to see two people who are so happy! Thank you.


Mar 3, 2019, 12:57 am Reply

Why do I, all of a sudden, HAVE to call my ex? Oh, that's right, crippling loneliness.

Chito & Cookie Chihuahuaville

Mar 3, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

Where is this couple today….

EmpressJahmoonah Spears-Jackson

Mar 3, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

I love them! I just moved to New Orleans!!

Rob Black

Mar 3, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

Nice video besides the interracial relationship… abominable

stoptheBS Please

Mar 3, 2019, 3:56 pm Reply

Do ya'll poop in a bucket?


Mar 3, 2019, 6:59 pm Reply

Beautiful Trini Woman ??

Brandon Moller

Mar 3, 2019, 9:06 pm Reply

Cute.. ?

Troy Salter

Mar 3, 2019, 10:15 pm Reply

I really enjoyed your video. I plan on traveling more once I get my online business going so I can work from anywhere. Thank you for sharing

Gaby Joe

Mar 3, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Why didn’t you guys just do a schoolie or bus? I couldn’t imagine living in a van with someone else.

Melyssa *

Apr 4, 2019, 12:08 am Reply

This video made my day. They are awesome and inspiring ♥️♥️♥️


Apr 4, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

Sounds like a jamaican accent ..i could be wrong. Still gotta admire this couple lifestyle. There is something to be said of how they approach life.

Mefibosett Chontales

Apr 4, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Waooo is amazing. Your. Life. Is very. Wonderful. Life. Thanks you. Very. Much. For. Share. Your. Video. Is. Good. Life. Thanks you

dj billbill#badDJ

Apr 4, 2019, 11:44 pm Reply

You both need a small trailer

Die Bulli Family

Apr 4, 2019, 5:46 pm Reply

slow down & live – great – greetings from gold old Germany – yours Bulli Family:-)

feliciamonique D

Apr 4, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

They are so cute together made me finally get an Instagram account!! (Yeah cause I'm nosey lol)

Kiki Tillmon

Apr 4, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

Nice couple,happy your doing what makes y’all happy ?.One day will do this .

Tiny Dancer

Apr 4, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

No thanks…. you need money for that…. do you have health insurance? What happens if you get sick?


Apr 4, 2019, 1:45 am Reply

I love this but the only problem is I would like to be able to stretch out without going outside. I feel a tiny house is why more sustainable


Apr 4, 2019, 4:33 am Reply

such a cute couple

Jessica Aguirre

Apr 4, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

So all they people that travel…. what do they do for a living ???

Savannah Sputnik

Apr 4, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

It’s 2019, where have you guys gone? Are you still on the road?

Jack Cameron

Apr 4, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

What a great life. Awesome.

P La

Apr 4, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

Wow it looks small but they actually fit a lot of stuff in that cute little Van ?


Apr 4, 2019, 7:25 pm Reply

She is HOT!

Venice beach vlogger

Apr 4, 2019, 4:50 am Reply

Where do you keep the bong?

Robert Clint

Apr 4, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

Does it stink in that van? if you had to describe the smell what does it smell like?

Sander Tel

Apr 4, 2019, 8:54 pm Reply

You should be talking about doing some bodywork to the T4 guys… or get a beefy hammer or two…


Apr 4, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

Regardless of personal choice or the color of the couple, is this what America has come to, the
normalization of homeless people?

Something is seriously wrong when the social safety net screams
socialism on putting at the very least rent control so folks on fixed
incomes don't have to live in their cars and be afraid for their safety.
People are not getting a quality of life living in a vehicle,
especially with more and more cities making car dwelling illegal and
punishable by car confiscation, fines, and incarceration.

America can spend billions on wars but can't come up with affordable
housing, but this is all by design. The government is pushing people
into a rental economy to eliminate private ownership of housing by the
masses. In the future there will be more people like the subject and
less folks complaining about how wrong this is. Almost like the
Victorian era of England coming around again.

Make A Change For Martin Luther King

Apr 4, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

Listen you guys I think your great, just make sure you carry a handgun and don't be scared to use it, because people are nuts!? and I don't mean the peanuts either ?


Apr 4, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

Dustin and Naomi feeling Irie mon! Stress free they will live forever, in peace and in love, together!


Apr 4, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

Love the led Jeep headlight housing upgrade. I think a light bar up top and some fog lights down low would be killer. SXM is a must! Also a K&N upgrade and cat-pipe down to muffler upgrades might help a tiny bit with horsepower, at least the engine will breathe better in and out, hence better power or performance overall. I'd recommend Yokohama tires for a smooth quiet ride! Keep on truckin' love your story!


Apr 4, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

He looks like one of the brothers that pull each other's beards in Bugs Bunny cartoons.


Apr 4, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

They are a cute couple cute van ? I was like how the hell do they do their business in that small bed up there then I was like oh second bed

Scotts Freeny

Apr 4, 2019, 5:06 am Reply

I love love


Apr 4, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply

the part with the photo of the woman standing and the guy sitting on the top playing the guitar looks like a magazine ad for the volkswagon he has


Apr 4, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

You two are sweet together…enjoy your travel journey. Thanks for sharing.?


Apr 4, 2019, 10:43 am Reply

Is everyone just gonna ignore her long hair??? i dont remember the last time i saw a black woman with such nice natural hair

Tammy Wines

Apr 4, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

Now these are two interesting ppl !! They are not self indulging or trying to keep up with the Jones, they are amazing for just keeping it simple [email protected] I hope they do all they want to do in life and by there rules not wth others want !! I hope to see millions do this one [email protected] I would live to see these companies CEOs all go down !! Society (T.V. , social media, commercials, movie stars, hollyweird and yes both political parties and all politicians have brainwashed people. I pray ppl wake up to reality the worlds population needs to get back to basics. I always think why would anyone need a house with 4 or more bedrooms lol and houses with 8 bathrooms, 50 pairs of shoes, 100 pair of pants or 100 shirts ? Ppl need to quit feeding this broken ass system $22 TRILLION in debt lol I hope you younger kids like paying this back . I didnt have one thing to do with running up the debt , I pay my own taxes, I pay my healthcare bills I use the roads a few times a week but my taxes pay for that right, I don't think ppl who paid taxes when there kids were in school should have to pay once there children are out of school , we should only pay for wtf we use !!

Dee Elite

May 5, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

Nice Tit's!!!

Dee Elite

May 5, 2019, 8:47 am Reply

Sexy Nipples ?

Dee Elite

May 5, 2019, 8:48 am Reply

Great Ass Too!

Prerak Sharma

May 5, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

Buy a bra btw!!
No offense..

ReCycle Spinning

May 5, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Awesome. Just a thought make sure you have a safety bar to back up the lift struts on your roof once it is raised , looks heavy… Do you guys tour full time or just vacation?


May 5, 2019, 12:13 am Reply

Hey guys, it's 2019 – we need an update!

Steven Henson

May 5, 2019, 3:07 am Reply

You were talking about showering in your van another thing is I'm to join they got him down to $9.99 a month you can join a gym when the 24-hour gyms there's so many of them now but the cheapest I've seen I do believe its 999 I've heard it's cheaper ones I just then you can get a shower 24 hours a day late at night if you just pull in or cuz usually those gems are all over the place I'm a member to a gymnast open 24 hours a day and they have so many of them most cities there's one of them there and I did it because the shower and I can just go roll up in and see I got there at 2:30 in the morning I can go directly to the gym and shower and for that matter I can just leave the car there in the parking lot overnight while the rest of the morning you know and then skedaddle leave from there you can stay at those overnight gyms overnight in the parking lot just don't front yourself off too bad usually keep your place your pan clean wash it at least once a week and your clothes are mandatory wash your laundry once a week at the laundromat and then yourself if you're going to be traveling and you're going to be around people you want to take a shower everyday if the gyms that there's so many of them all over the place there's really no excuse for saying I can't take a shower unless you don't want to pay the money and join a gym – $29 a month you're a lot cheaper than that sell at planet fitness is $9.99 a month it has a shower and you can go in whenever you want and then they have the 24 hour fitness so there that's that's not the one that you just Google it so then that takes care of shower and you shower in your vehicle keeping your cuz clean those are the main things that will confuse people they won't even know that your living in your vehicle

Steven Henson

May 5, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

this is your life so make it what you will and if you want to go and go to places and stuff that's the way to do it I live in my vehicle to that's not a van but it's just me and it's all good

Brian King

May 5, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

Naomi just radiates such an awesome vibe!!! That gorgeous smile doesn't hurt either;)

Tiffany Stephens

May 5, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

Beautiful couple I want to find my soulmate and live just like this. Great episode

Mari Larsen

May 5, 2019, 9:50 am Reply

Cutest loving couple ever!

Leland Nunez

May 5, 2019, 3:12 am Reply

Loving your life! And your van!!!

Zach Nunya

May 5, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

I want a Naomi

Mr. Lanier

May 5, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

These two really lucked out finding each other.


May 5, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

Love it

Erick Johnson

May 5, 2019, 11:17 am Reply

Just wait until that black chick become sober and realize what she’s done. It’s going to get real

lora 1111

May 5, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

Very nice!!


May 5, 2019, 12:04 pm Reply

Sad, So very sad. What a waste of humanity. Two losers living in a 1985 VW van. I suppose the welfare checks are direct deposited.


May 5, 2019, 1:12 am Reply

They're cute. Great energy but ahhh that van ain't it. I cant go thst rustic

Talisha Perry

May 5, 2019, 4:04 am Reply

Lovely couple….I hope she's with child…the sooner the better. ?

De’Andre’ Dumas

Jun 6, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

She is soo drop dead gorgeous

Chad Bilhovde

Jun 6, 2019, 12:32 pm Reply

Is there any issues with driving at night with the front bike rack?

Luciérnaga Patagónica

Jul 7, 2019, 11:02 pm Reply

they didn't said what they do for a living…

Herk Imer

Jul 7, 2019, 2:15 pm Reply

Hilarious all the "shes so beautiful" comments. Those comments wouldnt be here if she wasnt black. Shes literally a 6 at best.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

That van is so overloaded

Luke Henry

Jul 7, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

So what do yall do for money income ?

Duane Hicks

Jul 7, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

So ,,you two are hippies

Will Moffett

Aug 8, 2019, 4:16 pm Reply

I guess if you're a short balding White dude who can't afford a house you can still get a fine woman by just finding a minority who worships your whiteness. America the beautiful.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:57 pm Reply

Love it!!!! Nice folks living the dream. Good luck and be safe!

Achieng Adongo

Aug 8, 2019, 3:14 am Reply

Can you do another video where you show how the shower works? Like in action

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