Critics Thoughts on Vanabode
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if you want to read what customers say about the book: This
page covers what critics and those who do NOT want this
information given out had to say. When developing this page I decided
to do something extremely risky. There is a number of smaller groups on
the Internet that operate using some of my strategies. I have done
two things that have made them even madder than those
that already hate me. One, I published Vanabode exposing many of their
ideas thus taking business from their websites; and two, I provide many
additional ideas, and more modern strategies for dealing
with big city camping instead of just hanging out in the wilderness.
You will see how each critic "attacks the ideas I propose"
so they can protect their interests (they make a lot of money from companies
advertising on their websites so they don't want you getting all their
ideas PLUS all my ideas in one easy step by getting a copy of the book).
Remember what William James said "the new idea is first condemned
as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes
what everybody knows." My critics are at this moment trying to
do this very thing, dismiss me and make sure that Vanabode does NOT become
what everybody knows. Well, I am not going anywhere. I have lived
this life or some version of it for a long time and traveled 700,000+
miles in 16+ years. Vanabode is fresh and new and will restore control
of your life and your time to it's rightful owner. You!
I won't use their real names for legal reasons but these criticism's
came from travel web site owners that I gave a FREE copy of Vanabode to
so they could critique it. When I did this I had no idea how ungrateful
and jealous they would be.
Anonymous Critic "I was hoping to get info on some
good camping spots..."
My Answer - I provided links to hundreds of unique camping
spots with pictures that I have personally traveled to and lived in
for months at a time. But the point of Vanabode is NOT where I
have been. The point is YOU can camp ANYWHERE in this country
using my stealth Vanabode methods so you do not need me to tell you where
I went, or where you should go. PICK a place, any place and
test the strategies I employ. The entire country is yours, you hardly
need a list from me telling you where you have to go. Explore. It's all
Anonymous Critic "There is extremely limited information
on the use of solar panels, no mention of a dual battery system, very
limited mention of gas stoves (just a passing reference to gas canister
stoves, no mention of gas plumbing except for use of a toilet, no mention
of water storage".
My Answer - Vanabode shows you how and why solar panels
are unnecessary, troublesome, and expensive. You do not need a custom
dual battery system so why should I mention it? Installed gas stoves are
dangerous and can kill you in an enclosed vehicle so the book shows you
5 other ways to cook. We use simple 1 gallon jugs for water storage and
that is stated in the book.
Anonymous Critic "Some of the advice is not good either.
Take for example this from page 83 of the book: "Roof vents are a
specialty item that not everybody will want or need. We had ours installed
at an RV Motorhome dealership and wired directly to the 12 volt system.
This allows us to run it without the key being in the van ignition for
up to 10 continuous hours". Well, good luck with your flat battery
after you try that."
My Answer - You don't know what you are talking about. We
have run this vent from the van battery just as I stated for up to ten
hours without the van running and we have never run down the battery.
Anonymous Critic "there is the very dubious reference
to a "Secret NASA report" on page 110. The link contained goes
back to another of Jason's web sites where there is a statement that "This
chart came directly from a secret insurance document I acquired while
working at NASA". The chart could have been produced by anyone using
a basic spreadsheet package.
My Answer - I used to work for NASA and this is factual
information. You can still see my name at the bottom of the now closed
NASA website I ran for them for 5 years at http://weboflife.nasa.gov
Anonymous Critic "there is a whole chapter on Sex
that consists of anecdotes about him and his wife having sex, a quote
from the bible, some poetry, and other "details" on the practical
issues of outdoor copulation...nothing about the difficulties of attracting
a partner to your van.
My Answer - Sorry sir, if you bought Vanabode to help you
pick up women you bought the wrong book. My chapter on sex is important
to long term travel and the chapter explains in great detail why. It is
a healthy and normal part of life and cannot be skipped on a one year
journey as you might do during a week long camping trip. The chapter provides
strategies for reviving romance and maintaining a great sex life while
traveling. And YES since you are at times hiking and camping in the wild
outdoors there are some practical down to Earth nitty gritty details to
help folks pull it off rather than get frustrated.
Anonymous Critic "Speaking of Jason Odom's other web
sites. Google his name. They are all about making money.
My Answer - Most all my websites are centered around long
term travel and I get as many as 3-9 emails a day from folks asking me
"how do you make money to travel WITH?" "how do you pay
for it all?" So I gratefully tell everyone how to make enough money
to live on the road for as long as they want just like I have been doing
for 22+ years. Sorry if telling people how I pay for a permanent vacation
Anonymous Critic "He says he invented Vanabode. Not
true. People have lived in vans for years".
My Answer - To Vanabode is NOT to simply "live in a
van" or "van dwell" but rather encompasses how to TRAVEL
forever and live ANYWHERE you want from big cities like Las Vegas and
San Francisco to National Parks like Zion and Glacier. It is NOT limited
to staying put in one or two backcountry places a year "living out
of a van like a hippy" but rather includes strategies for a complete
life that includes these chapters: Essentials of a Great Life shows
how to satisfy all your life's needs while traveling: Great Food
covers food storage, purchase strategies, choices, budget, cooking, eating
out. Good Sleep cannot be emphasized enough, here's how to have
the best sleep you have ever had. Good Personal Hygiene covers
bathing, showering, shaving, toilet time, while on the road. Sex
provides strategies for reviving romance and maintaining a great sex life
while traveling. Finally Protection from the Elements demonstrates
why a Vanabode can be much better better than a house for protecting you
from the elements and natural disasters.
Anonymous Critic "there was a racist use of the word
"Abbo" which is a completely offensive term used to denigrate
and insult Australian Aboriginals.
My Answer - You are misreading the paragraph and missing
the point of this text which covers how so many of us are suppressed by
our jobs, employers and debt. To clear this up I have included the text
straight from the book: "By contrast observe my early American Indian
relatives perspective on life: Before white's came the Indians had no
criminals because they had no jails. You can't have a criminal without
a jail. They didn't have locks and keys, so they had no thieves. If anybody
was poor and needed a horse or blanket, someone owning an extra horse
or blanket gave it to him. They didn't have money, so a man's worth couldn't
be measured by it. They did not have any written laws, which meant no
attorneys or politicians, so they couldn't cheat." They lived a simple
life unencumbered by much of the toil, stress and life sucking responsibilities
that we push on our present day Americans. White somewhat racist Australians
have used the term walkabout. . ."That lazy Abbo just up and left
his job and went walkabout" to describe the Aborigines who are so
suppressed by the white mans 9-5 grind that they literally just walk away.
To keep from going stir crazy at the white mans manual labor jobs they
find themselves qualified for, they simply put down their tools and walk
into the wilderness. Sometimes they are not seen again for a year or more.
This is the power behind being able to "walk away" or in my
case Vanabode travel forever without an employer, boss, or job.
Anonymous Critic "The links to your 'cool destinations'
page is just places you've been, but not where you stayed or how to get
My Answer - Are you kidding? How can you say I don't tell
you how to get there when I provide maps, directions, state identifications,
and in some cases even GPS coordinates? I don't tell you how to
get there? Drive. That should be obvious.
Anonymous Critic "One of the ways you say you can
make money while traveling is to make a web page, put ads on it, does
that really work?"
My Answer - YES! Have you ever looked at the Internet? Do
you think there are hundreds of thousands of pages of information put
there for FREE and not one of those people putting those pages there is
making money? I have done EXACTLY that (make money writing simple web
pages) and explain how to make money from websites
in the book. That's hardly a crime. Honestly that is one of the many legitimate
ways to pay for a mobile lifestyle. If you are not at least mildly Internet
savvy then I suggest you try one of the other many ways I provide info
on in the book like where to find seasonal jobs that require little to
no resume and where they only need you 6 months out of the year. They
pay you enough to travel the other six months without a job at all.
Anonymous Critic "The chapter for poker players and
your method of winning a $100 per day but only spending $20 day sounds
great. But if it were that easy everyone would be doing it.
My Answer - Sorry but that chapter was for successful small
stakes poker players wanting to live in big poker hubs like Las Vegas.
Not everyone can even play poker, and only some of them play well. THAT'S
the reason "everyone can't do it". The point is you can
put away a lot of money and build a large nest egg playing an average
game of poker in Las Vegas IF you can keep your overhead (food, lodging,
transportation) down to $600 a month. That is exactly what I show you
how to do. It works. That's a fact.
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