My Story

Hi, my name is Troy from Houston, Texas.  This site is about my full-time adventures and travels in my converted Astro camper van, on a very strict budget. To learn more about my van, check out the My Rig page.

A Little Background

I was born in Houston, Texas where I lived and worked for the majority of my life.  That probably sounds really boring and I agree that it is or was.  For 14 years, I ran my own one-man computer service business, which was awesome. Unfortunately, I had no backup, so taking extended vacations was very RARE.

On March 30th, 2012, I sold my computer business and took six months off to relax and write a book. After that, I decided I wanted to take a stab at an online business. Yikes!! It was a rough start for the first year, but I’m finally getting this thing on track. With the online work going well, I purchased a van and began converting it into a camper.

2016 Plans and Beyond…

My immediate plans are to finish my van build and continue to solidify my online businesses. It’s been over 18 years since I “broke the chains” of the typical 9-5 job and I don’t plan to return to that anytime soon. My philosophy is “Work to Live! Don’t Live to Work.” In other words, I want to put my money towards life experiences, not more stuff to fill a house.

Troy at Big Bend NP 2015

Big Bend Selfie 2015

For the first part of 2015, the van build was the main focus, then I turned my focus to my business in the second half of the year.

Boy, time flies! Now that 2016 is almost over, I am finally seeing the finish-line on this van build. As I complete the final few phases, I will begin to take more and more test trips with the van to make sure everything is working properly. That way, I know which modifications I need to be make before taking on a big cross-country trip. 🙂

Van at Garner SP

“The Beast” entering Garner State Park 2015

Beyond 2016, I expect to be full-time traveling and working from the van while exploring the USA. 🙂