A bold character is required to travel all the way to Alaska and back to the Sunshine State. This is the story of two Floridians who decided to go on a long trip, and we aren't just talking for two weeks. Steven and Lauren Keys are a young couple and UF alumni that decided to take the Van Life to another level, visiting 61 US National Parks over the period of 7 months this year.\nThe couple explored the wonders of each destination while sleeping on the back of their Nissan NV200. Since college, Steven and Lauren have been saving more than 50% of their income in order to fulfill a life of adventure and passion.\nTheir blog, Trip of a Lifestyle provides tips on money, saving strategies, gear and other travel suggestions for those who want to travel on a budget.\nSteven and Lauren managed to make money on the road while exploring the national parks. The simple lifestyle approach helped them save "$15,000 on lodging costs over the course of the trip."\nView this post on Instagram Alaska has been a surreal summer escape. We drove up here to visit the 8 National Parks, and the views have been simply astounding. At this time of year, the daylight glows past midnight, and you can almost hear the land sigh as people return home to their beds. . Living out of our Nissan NV200 means home is where we park it. In this case, we're taking in the views from our bed at Chugach State Park on the way to Kenai Fjords National Park. . The magic of vanlife for us has been the freedom to experience Alaska when it feels most alive. . #vanlife #vanlifeexplorers #vanlifediaries #vanlifers #vanlifeproject #campervan #vanclan #vanlifesociety #vanlifecommunity #vanlifeadventures #worldismygarden #livingontheroad #itsvanlife #advanture #adventuremobile #vansandgirls #vanlifegirls #vangirl #vangirls #womenwhoexplore #vangirlsdaily #girlsthattravel #vangirlsrule #travelgirls #shetravels #shewanders #outboundliving #lifeonwheels #park4night #likeyouradventure A post shared by Trip Of A Lifestyle (@tripofalifestyle) on Jun 19, 2019 at 3:12pm PDT\nSo what does it take to travel all across the US? A mindful saving practice and conscious spending habits. "We’ve always been conscious of our spending, and we’ve been able to save more than half our incomes, even at times when we were only bringing in public school teacher-level salaries," Lauren confesses.\nAs a former school teacher and now working in physics for a local tutoring company, Steven has been able to save money to help finance the trips, while Lauren also brings extra income with her freelance marketing gig\nIn addition, Lauren and Steven offer photography services and fine art from their previous trips to Hawaii and US National Parks for extra income.\nView this post on Instagram When we tell people that we’ve been living in a van together for the past five months visiting all 61 US National Parks, the first question we're asked is, “…and you haven’t killed each other yet?!” . The largest contributor to our happiness and sanity on this adventure, and in life more generally, has been one thing: shared goals. . Setting goals with someone you care about and working to achieve them increases what we call the “high-five factor.” We've got a new post live on the blog explaining what that means, so click through the link in our bio and visit the Perspective section to learn more. . #campervanlife #vanlife #vanlifediaries #vanlifeexplorers #vanlifemagazine #vanlifeproject #vanlifers #campervan #travel #travelblogger #neverstoptravelling #traveladdict #travelgram #instatravel #travelnow #travelcouple #travelbug #travelgoals #traveltips #traveltipsandtricks #liveauthentic #letsgosomewhere #adventurers #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #adventurelife #adventureanywhere #adventureenthusiasts #awakethesoul #peoplewhoadventure @vanlife.magazine @vanlifediaries @vanlife.culture @camper.lifestyle @creativetravelcouples @travelcommunity @couplestravelgoals @travel.couples @adventureenthusiasts A post shared by Trip Of A Lifestyle (@tripofalifestyle) on Jun 12, 2019 at 3:39pm PDT\nNot only have they managed to create lifelong memories and the ultimate honeymoon experience in Hawaii but also they have built their own entrepreneurial journey.\nAs millennials, they knew material sacrifices had to be made in order to complete this road trip. Without zero experience in cold weather, these Florida natives managed to complete the trip in 7 months.\nAccording to Lauren and Steven, Yosemite, Death Valley, and Hawai’i Volcanoes have been one of their favorite national parks to visit.\n"Our favorite National Park in Florida was Dry Tortugas off the coast of Key West. Honestly, Florida has the best parks on the East Coast (and we’re not just saying that as residents!)", says Lauren.\nEvery road trip requires essentials to keep life together such as "baby wipes, paper towels, a reusable water bottle, almonds, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and a flashlight. For Lauren, dry shampoo was essential."\nBut from the 61 U.S. National Parks they visited, there is one, in particular, they would leave out of the list, "Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas was, for us, the least impressive of the parkland in the US. It has a lot of historical value, but it doesn’t make your jaw drop like when you come through the tunnel at Yosemite and see the valley, flanked by waterfalls, open up before your eyes."\nFrom virescent forests to unbeatable views, The Keys have completed the goal of a lifetime. Currently, they reside in Gainesville in a small community while planning their next world adventure. We are guessing it will be overseas.