Noami Grevemberg is a leader in the world of vanlife, and the founder of Diversify Vanlife, a platform that highlights less-heard voices in vanlife, road travel, and nomadic communities. It’s also a resource that helps break down barriers to accessing life on the road, a lifestyle that Noami and her husband Dustin embarked on in 2016.
We chatted with Noami towards the end of 2022, when she was coming off a much-needed vacation after finishing her first book, Living the Vanlife: On the Road Toward Sustainability, Community, and Joy. It’s part memoir, part how-to guide, in which Noami shares the nitty gritty of their travels with candor, grace, and humor.
The start of the book tells the story of how Noami immigrated to the US from Trinidad at just 16, and how she built a life for herself all on her own – from entering college at 25, to climbing the corporate ladder as an environmental scientist. All that hustle took its toll, and by her early 30’s Noami was ready for a change. While she wouldn’t have envisioned vanlife for herself when she flew to America as a teenager, it’s a life she was able to choose for herself. And it’s one that she wants others to be able to pursue too.
This conversation with Noami is the perfect way to start a new year as we talk about resparking creativity after coming off a big project, realigning yourself with your values, what it took for her to create this book, and what aspiring vanlifers will gain from reading it when it’s available this summer.
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