A part of Van Life is just being free. When you pair this with a passion for travel you can find yourself in some beautiful places.
Today we welcome Lynn to the show, who has a fantastic blog. She is a professional ski instructor. Lynn’s typical year starts teaching to an incredibly high standard on the Montana slopes and then moving down to Tennessee to teach Kayaking after a month hiatus after the winter season.
A Three Seasons Van
Lynn has a van from the 90’s that – for the most part – fits the bill. She has done only a few modifications, but most crucially she has added a wood stove.
However, she does talk about how, when in Montana, the night can get pretty cold. It’s all good kitting out your van, but it’s even better when you can stay at a friends house when temperatures plummet well below -10F/-23C!
An Adventure Year – On Repeat
In the winter, Lynn stays in Montana and teaches skiing throughout the season. The van is owe a brilliant thanks for that. Although she has to add a few layers in the peak of winter, it is the van that enables Lynn to be free and stay to teach in this beautiful setting.
Spending the winter teaching some hard skiing is incredible. Naturally, you get some clients who are slower, or perhaps willing to learn. But so many epic powder days are to be had during the season.
Hear more about this in the show, and how Lynn tailors teaches for each person – quite a transferrable skill!
After the ski season, Lynn usually kayaks – for herself this time – for a month to recharge. Then, it’s straight back into the next job!
Moving through to Tennessee, Lynn teaches kayaking May-August, then chases white water across the state and over to North Carolina, Georgia and more.
Lynn describes her time as lucky. Although it was a quick comment, I couldn’t disagree more. No-one came and handed her this lifestyle as a prize. Lynn has worked hard to have this career and live this lifestyle. A lesson we should all learn and take forward.
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