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Juliana and Richmond are living their most Instagrammable life.

In 2015, the couple, who had only been dating for four months at the time, decided to move out of their small, pricey apartments in San Francisco and convert a used Sprinter van into their mobile dream home. Saying goodbye to the city’s rental market meant the pair could afford to quit their jobs and travel the West Coast in their souped-up van for a year. They blogged about their adventures online and on Instagram, attracting over 120,000 followers.

We caught up with Juliana and Richmond during a pitstop in San Francisco to see why #vanlife, with its cramped quarters and lack of a bathroom, beats apartment-living.

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