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Episode 3 | Queer Van Life with Gene and Shay

This week you’ll get to hear from my new friends, Gene and Shay. As a queer couple living out of their 1984 Dodge camper van, Gene and Shay provide a unique perspective of the All American Van-life Road Trip (complete with their two cats Bean and Sprout).

You may have already met this sweet couple through their popular social media drum covers or their Youtube channel “Steering Queer.” But if you haven’t fallen in love with them yet, buckle up. Gene and Shay are the most lovable, down-to-earth, and honest couple.

In this episode we chat about:

  • Finding community on the road and through social media.

  • How to make money with a Nomadic Lifestyle (see InstaWork link below).

  • Navigating relationships and stress when living in close quarters.

  • Prioritizing a projects you can do really well, verses doing too many things haphazardly.

  • And some of the real surprises and challenges of traveling the country in a van-home.

Connect with Gene and Shay through the following avenues:

Gene and Shay on Instagram: @geneandshay

Gene and Shay on TikTok: @geneandshay

Steering Queer Youtube Channel:

Gene and Shay's InstaWork: Linked Here

Gene and Shay's article for Queer Cities: Linked Here

Ad: In this episode, I share about my counseling practice, Hemlock Counseling Services, and highlight that I am an LGBTQ+ affirming in my mental health care practice. I offer outdoor-based counseling as well as in-office counseling in the Indianapolis area, and virtual (tele-health counseling for residents all over the state of Indiana.

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Catch you on the switchbacks! - Kelsee

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