the girl gang conversations



january 14, 2016 - 37 minutes

Charla Vail is a visual artist who is obsessed with travel and recently spent 8 months traveling the US and hosting meet ups while living out of a camper van. We sat down to chat about what life on the road is really like, what she learned about herself on this adventure, how she practiced self-care while sleeping in Wal-Mart parking lots, and her most memorable memory from it all.

In today’s episode we talk about:
- What led Vail to renovate a vintage camper and spend 8 months on the road, hosting meet ups across the USA
- What the logistics of preparing for this journey looked like
- A realistic look at what a typical day on the road looked like and why #VANLIFE isn’t as glamorous as it might appear on Instagram
- Why she struggled to practice during the first half of her adventure and how she re-prioritized part way through
- The personal healing journey Vail went on while living on the road
- What she learned about herself by spending so much time alone in the camper
- How Vail built an online community around her artwork
- Her tips for making new friends as an adult, even if you’re extremely shy
- Advice for planning your own epic road trip
- Vail’s next project now that she’s wrapping up her life on the road
- Her take on minimalism
- Vail’s absolute favourite memory from her 8-month journey
- Her struggles with body image and how she’s working to transform her self-destructive behaviour
— sarah starrs

about the podcast:

sarah starrs

Every week Sarah Starrs interviews an inspiring women about the nitty gritty of how she lives with passion and purpose. We dive deep into our journeys, the obstacles we’ve overcome, what’s working for us, and what isn’t. We’re totally honest about what we’re learning, what our daily rituals look like, and what we’re struggling with. We don’t shy away from the hard stuff and we really go into it all: spirituality, personal development, magic, routines, career, friendship, relationships, sexuality, and so much more. This isn’t about preachy self-help or self-improvement. It’s about self-acceptance and talking about the things that matter to us.

Formerly called Punk Rock Personal Development.

Jacqueline Randall