Podcast #96

Zenvanz Founders Bryan and Jen Danger on Overcoming Fear and Living Your Dreams


It takes guts to leave a secure job and the familiarity of day-to-day life, but that’s exactly what Bryan and Jen Danger did when they left for Central America in their 1967 VW bus. The path less traveled has taken these two from the road to a New York Times featured tiny house conversion project in Portland, Oregon, to the Caribbean seas, where they currently call svKarma home. In this podcast from Overland Expo West, senior editor Ashley Giordano talks with the Dangerz about what it takes to make a big change.


Guest Bio:

Our journey began when we ran away from “normal” and our paying jobs in order to drive  E, our 1967 VW bus slowly through Mexico and Central America for a few years.  We tried to find ourselves by getting lost and hoped to see life through a lens that just wasn’t possible in the day to day grind.  We didn’t know what to expect or where we would end up, but assumed it would be on a small beach somewhere warm.

Instead we found ourselves having an epiphany that ending our newfound freedom was no longer an option for us.  Instead of continuing south and spending the rest of our savings living off-grid for another year we set out trying to make our new lifestyle more permanent.

We returned to and created a “home base” in Portand, OR that could serve as a jumping off point for our travels and a place for us to call home near those we love when we choose to be close to home.  We converted our garage into a tiny home/adu for us to live in while someone else pays our mortgage… which in turn allows us to make decisions based upon happiness rather than money.

We then ended up traveling and living nomadically full-time in our 4×4 Sprinter Campervan and learned that it’s possible to survive off almost nothing but to enjoy life fully…even in the middle of an urban environment, mostly thanks to our “creative home use plan”.

Now, we’re embarking on an entirely new leap/adventure… and trying out life at sea.  Yikes!

We bought a boat and are teaching ourselves to sail while island hopping through the caribbean.  We have SO much more to learn but we are having an absolute blast in this new lifestyle direction!

We also love design projects, so we continue to offer small space design services to others looking to simplify, downsize or change their life for the better and in hopes that we can bring both our and their financial freedoms even closer.  We also help others convert their van into their perfect adventurevan, by providing DIY campervan conversion kits.  If you have a project we can help with or a dream you want to chase…let us know how we can help!

You can follow the Dangerz adventures below



Instagram - @thedangerz

Expedition Portal had the opportunity to check out Zenvanz Custom Mercedes 144 Sprinter 4x4 Campervan Conversion.



Host Bio


Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory. @desktoglory_ash

Full show notes available Overland Journal Podcast

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