My Minimalist Gypsy Life – Tips from the Road

I am a minimalist and my travel style reflects my life choices, interests and beliefs. I live simply, pack light and everything I own fits into my SUV (currently an old but indestructable Jeep Cherokee 4WD).

In this section I write about all things related to exploring the USA – whether sleeping in your car or van, tent, camper, trailer or motorhome. Many of my readers are downsizing their existence to live on the road and they appreciate practical ideas to help with the process.

I cover a wide range of travel topics – from finding free campsites to outfitting a SUV for life on the road!

My main interests are nature and natural living and I write often about National Parks, State Parks and National or State Forests. It is where I spend most of my time.

As shown in the picture above, my current mode of travel is in a 4WD Jeep with a comfortable tent. I sleep either inside the car or in the tent, depending on the situation! Being comfortable inside the car is important for security and utmost mobility. There are places (such as in grizzly bear areas) where I feel safer in the car than sleeping outside. Generally speaking, I use the tent when stationary at a camp site for 3 or more nights.

My photography interests require maximum flexibility and safe driving on backroads where a high-clearance 4WD is a necessity, not a luxury! It may be more comfortable inside a camper of some kind but few of these vehicles will last long on the roads I drive! And the ones built for off-roading cost a fortune to buy and maintain! No, thank you!

I am not a stranger to the usual RV lifestyle. I’ve owned travel trailers, a large 5th wheel and a travel van and traveled the country while staying in commercial campgrounds with all the comforts of home. That lifestyle is not for me. Trailer park living can, at times, be more stressful than living in a house in a nice neighborhood. I will write about this in future posts.

I understand the benefits and challenges of each travel camper style including Class A, B and C motorhomes. I often write about the differences and offer advice on when to choose which travel style.

My (ex) travel van at a hiking trail in Virginia!

My Gypsy Life Articles

Latest articles appear first.

Free Camping Zion National Park

Free Camping near Zion National Park in Utah

This is a complete blog and video guide to FREE camping on BLM land near Zion National Park in Utah ...
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Dixie NF Free Camping Guide

Free Camping near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

This is a complete blog and video guide to FREE camping in Dixie National Forest near Bryce Canyon National Park ...
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BLM Land Camping

Free Camping on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land

Understanding your options for free camping on BLM land is a key requirement for budget-minded and secluded travel across the ...
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Everglades NP Camping at Flamingo

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide -National Parks Service – Part 4

The National Parks Service (NPS) needs no introduction! With over 130 camping areas to choose from nationwide, families can spend ...
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Ortana South Campground - Source Recreation.gov

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide -US Army Corps of Engineers – Part 3

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a large federal provider of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and ...
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Bushnell Shield Series Tent

Bushnell Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent Set Up

In this video I demonstrate how to set or pitch my current camping tent - The Bushnell Instant Cabin Shield ...
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BLM Website Search

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide – Bureau of Land Management (BLM Land) – Part 2

When you arrive in Florida after camping on BLM Land in the Western part of the USA, you may find ...
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Florida River Island Campground

Free Camping in Florida – The Ultimate Guide to Public Campgrounds and Dispersed Sites – Part 1

YES, FREE camping is possible in Florida! At first glance, finding free camping in Florida is an easy process. Simply ...
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