Special Guest: Dominique RitchieDominique is a full time vanlifer with her blue heeler, Kaia. She travels the world in her van sharing her stories through her blog and her own podcast, Roaming Roads.  She wanders earth hoping to make a difference by empowering people to live a meaningful life, spreading awareness, kindness and love to each community she connects with. She is focused on sustainability practices and purchases products with an eco-conscious mission. Her goal.... is to spread awareness, kindness, and love with each community she visits.SHOW NOTES:2:13 Drea discusses how she found Dominique when she was searching for a Solo Female Van Lifer. 2:57 Dominique shares her passion for travel and van life living4:00 Dominique discusses exploring her own country, Canada4:39 Dominique tells us the life transition that pushed her to move into her van. She speaks about the documentary “Minimalism” 9:27 Dominique discusses some of the terrifying moments of living in a van/car and a few tips on how to stay safe11:37 Dominique talks about feeling safer with Kaia, her dog by her side12:30 Some challenges of living in a van. Dominique provides solutions on how to mitigate these challenges14:12 Free Camping and the importance of keeping the budget low15:21 Tips and Tricks for how to live in a van and avoiding dangerous situations like bears and people. 18:53 Dominique tells us her recent terrifying moose attack while she was hiking and a tips on how to try to keep safe27:28 Dominque talks about what she does in order to support herself on the road30:39 Dominque tells us advice she would give to her younger self32:03 Dominique shares her favorite trails with us: The three sisters & Pearly Rock in Glacier NP in Canada34:08 Dominique shares her favorite places that she has traveled to in her Van The Oregon Coast and The Kootnays37:14 Dominique tells us her most meaningful person that she has ever met on the road and how this person reignited her love for van life. 41:59 Dominique shares her plans for the Canadian winter after her plans for coming to warmer areas in the US has been derailed due to Covid and the border restrictions44:45 Tips and Tricks to Dominiques favorite destinations, Kootnays and Oregon CoastThe importance of booking ahead in British Columbia The Okanagan Wineries47:20 Dominique shares the thing that she purchases when she travels49:14 Dominque shares with us what her podcast “Roaming Roads” is all about
In this episode, Dominique discusses how she chose her homes thus far. Dominique also reveals some tips and tricks of what to look out for when purchasing your first van! 
In this second episode Dominique describes her experience after being charged by a cow moose while hiking with her dog in Fernie, B.C. Unexpectedly, her screams and the sound of the cow moose grunting as she was charging were caught on video. "All of a sudden I heard a crash, turned around, and saw her running at Kaia and I, full tilt. All I could think was, RUN!"
In this first episode of Roaming Roads, Dominique discusses how she turned her heartbreak around to seeing the beautiful opportunity for personal growth. Going from an aspiring physician to an environmental enthusiast living the #vanlife, Dominique is now happier than she's ever been.
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