Sep 302022

Nowhere for Very Long: The Unexpected Road to an Unconventional Life

Nowhere For Very Long: The Unexpected Road To An Unconventional Life by Brianna Madia

A woman defined by motion, Brianna Madia bought a beat-up bright orange van, filled it with her two dogs Bucket and Dagwood, and headed into the canyons of Utah with her husband. Nowhere for Very Long is her deeply felt, immaculately told story of exploration—of the world outside and the spirit within.

However, pursuing a life of intention isn’t always what it seems. In fact, at times it was downright boring, exhausting, and even desperate—when Bertha overheated and she was forced to pull over on a lonely stretch of South Dakota highway; when the weather was bitterly cold and her water jugs froze beneath her as she slept in the parking lot of her office; when she worried about money, her marriage, and the looming question mark of her future. But Brianna was committed to living a life true to herself, come what may, and that made all the difference.

Nowhere for Very Long is the true story of a woman learning and unlearning, from backroads to breakdowns, from married to solo, and finally, from lost to found to lost again…this time, on purpose.

I really enjoyed this book. I started going camping when I was growing up and my husband and I bought an old school bus in the early 90’s and converted it into a motor home. It was beautiful. I looked for the photos but can’t find them. Must be in a box of other things I haven’t found, hopefully I will soon.

This story kept my attention right from the start. There was a lot of adventure and scary moments that I was thinking “why in the world are they/she doing that?”

There is so much adventure and also some sadness that I can’t mention or it will spoil a major part of the book.

If you like this kind of book, I highly recommend it!



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  20 Responses to “Nowhere For Very Long: The Unexpected Road To An Unconventional Life by Brianna Madia”

  1. Yes, that does sound very good., plan on finding a copy. Hope everything is fine with you, Vicki and have a nice weekend.

  2. I would like to read this. I suspect it takes a special kind of person to make this lifestyle work longterm.

    • I must think I’m special because I would love to live like that. They only thing that would keep me from it is being away from my kids and grands.

  3. Sounds like a unique kind of story. Glad you enjoyed it. Happy to see you post Vicki as all the news from FL has been so dreadful. Glad you are okay.

  4. This book appeals to me a lot since we love traveling in our RV. I think the first time I saw a “schoolie” was five years ago when we first starting rv’ing. They’re quite popular now. Funny that the author named her van “Bertha.” That’s what we call our rv!

    Hope you are safe and sound in Florida. What a storm!!!

  5. This sounds like a fascinating read. While no part of me is interested in living like this I’m fascinated by this lifestyle and would love to read more about it. Great review!

  6. That is certainly a book I would like to read. If you ever find those photos please post them. Waaay back in the 1970s my then-husband (we divorced) flew to Luxembourg on one way tickets, bought a VW van and converted it for camping. We stayed traveled for a year and half! My father was so worried I’d never come back.

    I will add this book to my library requests.

  7. Sounds great! Being true to ourselves is so important. There will be tough times for sure, but that will happen anyway.

  8. I am mostly an armchair traveler on purpose. I’m sure this book would not change my mind on being too adventurous, but I’d be a little envious too.

  9. This sounds interesting. I find it fascinating to hear other people’s travels and searching.

  10. I grew up tent camping, and now we love camping in our van. I’m obsessed with vanlifers on Youtube! I guess I need to read this book. Thanks!

    • You will probably like the book if you love camping! I watch YouTube TV but not YouTube videos anymore. I’ll check out the vanlifers though.

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