Glenn from To Simplify

I’ve been following Glenn’s blog on and off for a few years now, so I was really excited to finally meet him.


Glenn is a working professional who chooses to live in a van. He has some fun credits worth mentioning; he played on the Grammy award winning album ¬°Ritmo! and used to score music for the TV show Family Guy.

Prior to the van, Glenn was living in a Chinook c-class and then downsized to his current VW van which he completely remodeled himself.

“My previous rig was a little too luxurious for my needs, and I’m not too ashamed to admit that one reason I got it (the Chinook) was because I was still a little insecure about how I was perceived and I thought if I had a really nice rig, anybody who questions it, once they see this thing they would get it.

At that stage, I was still wrapped up in the stigma of living this way and it was a way of dealing with it. I lived in that long enough, and I got over that stigma eventually, and I realized I gotta be happy with what I’m doing. There were plenty of people telling me I was crazy to do this, but I’m glad I stuck to my guns and did it (downsize to a van).”


Glenn has an impressive 500 watts of solar on his roof.

Check out his blog: To Simplify

2015 Cost of Camping:
1 night paid camping
5 nights free camping
6 days this year
Total spent: $5
Daily average cost: $0.83

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  • Reply Pat January 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Pretty nice… What an advantage in parking lots and traffic!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright January 7, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    How cool to finally meet Glen! John and I also follow him…quietly:)

  • Reply Nan & John January 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I really enjoyed meeting Glen today. What a nice guy.

  • Reply Ed @ Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets January 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Although we have not been blogging all that long, and have not even gotten on the road as yet, we HAVE been following Glenn’s blog. I for one, was amazed and impressed with his interior conversion. And although we are aware that he is a musician, we were UNAWARE of his accomplishments. He’s not one to toot his own horn, so to speak. Good on you, Glenn. (I just love say’n “Good on you”):)

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