Was born and raised in Washington (State). He joined the army when he was 19 right before September 11th, 2oo1. He deployed to three operations between Iraq and Afghanistan. After eight years he was discharged, and began a new life in Kansas City, Kansas. He worked several jobs, while attending school full-time, to achieve a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. He earned an Associates Degree from Johnson County Community College, and continued onto Park University to earn his bachelors degree. During school he worked as a mechanic, package handler, sales representative, and gun range operator. He loved to work out, write, and support other veterans.
She lived in Kansas most of her life, but went to high school in Minnesota. She went to Kansas State University to achieve a degree in Family Studies and Human Services, but when the market crashed in 2008 wasn’t able to find work in the field. So, she went back to school to achieve an associates in Veterinary Technology. She began working at a large animal shelter in Kansas City, and went on to work at a specialty and emergency center for five years. she has been a certified SCUBA diver since she was 11, and a competitive swimmer for 14+ years, so needless to say she pretty much loves water.
John & Laura-
As of January 2018 we will have been married for 4+ years. We were married in Fort Meyers, Florida at the Pink Shell resort. We loved traveling and would every chance we had, mostly on school breaks. We went on an eastern Caribbean cruise, which we really enjoyed, but thought we could experience more by traveling directly to the location rather then spending a few hours off the boat there. We went to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico next. On this trip we hiked ruins of Coba and Tulum and snorkeled with sea turtles in Akumal (twice). We learned so much about the local culture and enjoyed the adventure of it all. Later that year we took a trip with some friends to Cozumel for a diving trip. Again we rediscovered how much better things were away from the stress of our daily lives. It’s surprising how easily we fell back into the daily grind of never seeing each other and (not really) being OK with it.
After the trip to Cozumel we decided to start making changes. We were so happy traveling and felt trapped by the stress of our lives. We both wanted to work in very important fields that demanded long hours and a lot of time away from home. We started thinking about buying a home in Florida and moving, not only to start over but to be closer to recreational activities we both enjoyed (like the ocean). We were watching a lot of fulltime RVer channels on YouTube and started joking about quitting and just going for it.
At first, the jokes were light hearted, but we quickly started to actually consider it. With continued pressures at work we decided when he was done with school we would want to do something else with our lives. We looked into what it would take to start RVing and saved up a lot of money to see if we could even achieve it. After a few weeks of considering a pop-up John’s old Tacoma could pull we decided we wanted a 5th wheel. If we were going to do it we didn’t want to just dip our toes in the water. John quickly found a truck in February of 2016 that was capable of pulling any camper we might buy. There was no use in owning a dually if we didn’t get the RV too, so we were really serious at this point. We contacted local RV Dealers and within a couple of months of looking we found our home.
The Start of Hebard’s Travels-
October 2016 we said goodbye to our jobs and “see you soon” to our family and friends. We hit the road hoping to try and make a life traveling and finding work along the way. We started our own blog and YouTube channel to help share what we learned, and to encourage others who may need a life change like us.
We became Hebard’s Travels.
We began our journey in Kansas City. From there we traveled to Pensacola beach, Florida, then to various spots in Texas, and up to Washington visiting many national parks and tourist destinations. Once there we dropped our camper off for much needed repairs. The manufacturer had it hauled to the factory in Indiana. The repairs took over two months to complete. We had to load our stuff into a U-Haul trailer and drive to Indiana to pick it up once the repairs were completed.
While the RV was in the shop we were contacted by Eric Odom who had an idea to make a movie about RVers. We obviously accepted! The movie will premiere at NomadFest 2018! We’ve been on the road for a year and a half and have crisscrossed the country, went to Quartzsite, installed a 1600w solar system, made many great friends, and are finally enjoying life again. We finished filming the movie in July 2018, in Salida, Colorado. It was a bitter sweet moment and seeing a massive project take life with so many other content creators who fulltime RV. So many long hours went in to making this movie EPIC. We have lots of episodic content coming up on ENTV, YouTube and now, Patreon!
Frankly put, YouTube is not a viable option for us to create high quality videos and make enough to put food on the table. We made it our mission to learn and to keep growing so that we can provide the best quality videos to share our stories on the road. So we launched our Patreon account to allow those who want to see the quality of our channel continue to improve, as well as see our exclusive boondocking adventures on Patreon. Patrons can receive Hebard’s Travels Decals, Post Cards with our boondocking locations and can even show up in one of our videos! To learn more about becoming our Patron, click on the image below!
Laura & John