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We are the VANKOOKZ, Kevin and Dani. We specialize in travel tips, traveling abroad on a budget, anything from obtaining an Australian work visa to traveling around in a van in New Zealand. We focus not only on photography, videography, and design but also, on outdoor experiences. We to try and help make it easy on travelers have authentic experiences in near and far away lands. Traveling can be overwhelming, we are hoping to simplify that for you! We want you to get outside, go somewhere, and live. Advencha before demencha, my friends.  We hope you find our content useful! If there is anything you would like to see more of, let us know at .

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Roy's Peak Camping

Camping at Roy's Peak, although it is Iconic, it isn't an official spot to camp. But it is one of those spots that if you put in the work, leave no trace, and come prepared, there is no stopping you. Find out how here.

DIY Sprinter Conversion

Here, you can browse through all the topics and phases of our Sprinter build. And you can find just about everything you need to know about converting your Sprinter. We have links to products and step by step how to's and videos. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more videos!

Mt. Cook & Mueller Hut

This is one of our favorite spots in New Zealand. It is home to one of the tallest peaks and a 5km 1800 meter climb to Mueller Hut. Find out free camping spots and must do activities to do in the Mount Cook/ Aoraki National Park for travelers on a Budget!

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This was one of our first trips after the van was built out. We wanted to stay close to our home base, but still explore close to home and make sure everything is working before we sent it off into the abyss. What we didn't realize was all the amazing places and free places to camp Southern New Mexico had. They were endless!

Our yearly pilgrimage home. This was the first year we have driven from New Mexico to Black Rock City.  Since we had the time this time, we wanted to make a road trip out of the journey to BRC. This trip includes hot springs, free camping, Mono Lake, Yosemite, Obsidian filled craters, Tahoe and more. 

This road trip covers 5 states and 4 National Parks and so much under rated goodness in between. With all the free places to camp, you could wander this area of the United States forever and never pay a penny for camping. Find out our favorite spots!

Full van tour of our DIY 2007 Dodge Sprinter that we built out over the course of about 3 months. The van is 100% off-grid capable. The electrical system is powered by a 380 Watt Solar Panel. Check out how we did every inch of it so that you can convert your own as well. More about the build-out here.



Here, we share some of the tips we wish we knew before traveling to foreign places.

Click on the banners below to get the skinny on where to stay, where to avoid, what to do, what to skip, what to see, and when to see it, in each location. 

If you are a budget traveling kook wanting an adventure, like us, these write ups are for you. 


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