Life On The Road With Trey Frye
Making Van Life Dreaming A Reality
Learn about what made Trey want to start living in a van, How he makes an income, and his best advice for someone wanting to live a life like his.
What made you want to start living in a van?
I have a large respect for the working class in America but don’t want to conform to the conventional lifestyle that everyone lives and work a normal job. I’m a believer that if you want to do something in your life you just have to do it, despite planning and other things that most of us need to take a leap. I love how mobile I am and waking up anywhere I want is just the cherry on top. I love fixing things and being innovative and between breakdowns and home decor, innovation is plenty.
What are your best tips to someone trying to live in a van?
If you want to live in a van you just need to do it. its one of those experiences everyone should have and will definitely open your mind. you can spend all this time planning it out but it won’t ever stay on track. Breaking down happens and things just get crazy because you don’t have a traditional home to be towed to or maybe you do and its 3,000 miles away. you’d definitely have to downsize what you own but its so helpful in keeping you on track for what you want to do in life.
How do you make money on the road?
I am a freelance photographer, I work in a super saturated and undervalued market. I supply companies with images of their products and services. I also do a lot of under the table work like helping on farms, helping old ladies with household tasks and selling printed images. these are just a few of the many ways one can make a living. Its definitely hard starting out but if you keep at it, it will work. Most likely.
How long have you been on the road?
I left my hometown the day that I graduated high school and drove 3,000 miles to the west coast. I was living in a land cruiser FJ60 at the time and didn’t have a ton of space so I got a loan and upgraded to a van. I have now been on the road for a year and a half.
Where have you been so far and where are you headed?
I’ve travelled through just about every state, from Georgia to Washington. Its a lot of time behind the wheel and sometimes it can drive you crazy, lol no pun intended. I would really like to see more of Canada and Alaska, as I have never been to either. I don’t even have a passport yet. I plan to go through California a little bit more and hang out in some of the western big sky states like Wyoming and Montana.