Vanlife Diaries was initially a concept. Jared Merose and Sam Petereson were fitting out vans into campers at an affordable price for fellow travelers. Travelers don’t usually have a lot of money and are usually happy just to blaze their own trail. If this involves hiring a campervan, funds can hemorrhage. Jonny Dustow, one of Jared's long-time brothers, came to stay at Jared and Sam's rental property in Collingwood. Like most old friends, the pleasantries dissolved rapidly and questions of direction and struggle bubbled to the surface. Jonny had some skills he wanted to bring to the table and over the next four hours, the two of them created a team and project. After six months, Vanlife Diaries Instagram following spiked to 30,000 & has now surged to over 300,000!

The friends orchestrated two vanlife gatherings, fitted out several vans and expanded the Vanlife Diaries network of facilitators to five countries and four continents. This included hiring Kathleen to come on board as our American representative and part of our vanlife crew.