Rebroadcast: Creatives On The Road

Alison Turner & Amanda Sandlin

For this week’s episode of Women on the Road, we wanted to share with you an early episode of our sister podcast, She Explores, that focuses on Creatives on the Road. This was originally aired as Episode 5 of She Explores, long before Women on the Road itself was a podcast. In reflecting back on this earlier content, it was interesting for us to think about all that has changed since this episode’s original air date and all that has, in many ways, remained the same when it comes to solo travel, the creative process, and social media.

In this rebroadcast of Episode 5 of She Explores , we interview Alison Turner and Amanda Sandlin. They’re two very different women in different stages in their “van lives” as well as their creative careers.


In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Why Alison feels most like herself alone with her dog Max in the backcountry
  • Why Alison loves taking photos
  • What the photographic process is like for Alison
  • The importance of reaching out to those you admire
  • When Amanda started to identify as an artist
  • The challenges Amanda has come up against as a fine artist with a mobile studio
  • Why social media doesn’t always tell the full picture of creativity
  • How travel has made Amanda appreciate people more than ever

Resources mentioned in this episode:

About the Interviewees

Alison has lived in and out of a van for the past 5 years, and traveled in a teardrop trailer and tent before that. She picked up photography 7 years ago and has been pursuing it since. We learn that there are many reasons Alison loves to escape in her van with her rescue dog Max.

Amanda is relatively new to her life in her built-out minivan. She’s been on the road three months and is learning how to maintain her creative practice on the move. She’s found that it hasn’t been easy, but she’s enjoyed pushing herself and meeting new people.


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Music is by Jason Shaw and Josh Woodward.

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Alison Turner’s Work. See more on her portfolio site and Instagram.


Examples of Amanda Sandlin’s work. Find more through her portfolio and Instagram.


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