Teton Valley Vanlife Gathering

Sam Johnson relaxes with her traveling companion, Cashew, on Friday during the Teton Valley Vanlife Gathering at Linn Ranch in Victor, Idaho.

Your fifth landlord in a year sold the house out from under you. You're looking through the Facebook Marketplace for another room, and you can't bring yourself to pay an entire paycheck for someone's closet off their garage.

So you buy a van, deck it out with a kitchen, a platform bed, some funky adornments over the rearview. Where do you want to head?

Apparently not far, according to SatelliteInternet.com, which ranked Wyoming as the best state in the nation for living in a van. The report was clear that doesn't mean a proliferation of vanlifers has inundated the state, but that based on a variety of factors Wyoming is a utopia for living on the road.

"Wyoming is home to several national parks and forests (such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton)," the report says, "but that’s not all Wyoming has going for it."

The site also looked at weather, gas prices, cost of living (not including rent), percentage of federal land and how much people in each state spend on outdoor recreation. Wyoming's general isolation and large expanses of public land make it a great place for off-grid dreams to come true.

Vanlife evokes dreams of the open road, effortless days marked by grandiose adventures and the freedom of not having to ask your boss for a day off. For some in-depth reporting on the larger trend, read this article from earlier in the summer on the Teton Valley Vanlife Gathering.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-5902 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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