I was born in Zurich, Switzerland, but have lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in and around San Jose, CA. My parents took me traveling a lot when I was a child and I've always had the travel bug. I'm lucky to have visited over 15 countries and 15 states so far, with that list growing. I bought a Mini-Class C RV in 2016 so I can travel more, starting with the US and Canada, and on top of that. I'm an avid concert goer, swimmer, reader, and I practice yoga. As a talent manager, I have the freedom to work from anywhere that has internet, which makes traveling even easier these days. I also tour with my bands on occasion, which is a lot of fun.
I am actively involved in a variety of #vanlife & #rvlife groups/meetups, and have a lot of friends who full-time in their rigs. The lifestyle is quite appealing to me, which is how I started doing it part-time. I host local boondockers at my house because I know it can be challenging to find a place to park when visiting cities, and I hope that when I'm on the road, the favor will be returned. :-)
I'm great with social media and know what Bay Area venues host live music, plus I can hold intellectual conversations on most subjects. I also speak Swiss German and some Spanish.
I have a lovely black and white adventure cat named Maverick who goes on my trips with me. We are documenting our journeys via a travel blog (majesticmaverick.com) and Maverick is also pretty popular on Instagram (instagram.com/mavericktux). Maverick is toilet trained and leash trained, making it easy to take him anywhere. He likes to sit in my lap while the RV is moving and is comfortable exploring new places.
Alabama Hills, Oregon Coast, Mammoth Lakes, Alki Beach
2008 Thor/Four Winds Majestic 19G -- it's the smallest, most compact Mini-Class C you can find and it fits in a regular parking spot. It's 19.5 ft long and 10.6 ft high. I am pretty much self-contained and don't need any hookups, but sometimes just being able to fill up with water would be nice. I don't run my generator much; if I do, it's for less than 5 minutes to microwave some food. I travel with my cat Maverick who's leash trained and potty trained. He's a great companion and you will see my walking him around where I'm parked, just like a dog. But don't worry, I pick up his poop just like dog owners do. :-)
Quick stop but very convenient location to everything. Very nice host. Hopefully we will see you on the road next summer!
This was a short stay for me. I pulled up after dark and had to leave early the next day. Quiet neighborhood & good sleep
I had a quick overnight in her adorable neighborhood. She reached out to meet me, was communicative, and made my first boondocker's welcome experience a real treat. Thank you!
We were very grateful to have a safe place to stay on a Saturday night. We had a little engine problem on the day we were supposed to arrive and our host graciously let us cancel and come the next day.
Barbara is a friendly and uncomplicated host. No Problems, everything was fine :)
We had a great time outside Barbara’s. The neighbourhood is lovely and we would highly recommend!
We had a great experience at Barbara's place! She's really nice and welcoming. Very quiet neighborhood. Highly recommend this place.
Without question, Barbara is one of the NICEST people you will meet on your travels! We instantly connected, toured our RVs and had some GREAT talks. She even let me stay some nights longer at her place, after something went wrong with my reservation for a commercial RV park in San Francisco, where I wanted to park my van and commute to a trade show. Instead Barbara dropped me of at the Caltrain station and I was able to attend this way. Also great for touring silicon valley. I highly recommend Barbara's Vanlife Mecca and looking forward to come back soon.
Barb made it very easy for us to park our RV in the quiet neighbourhood, and gave us a lot of advice.
She was very helpfull, and the stay was great!
We got behind in our itinerary and couldn't make it on the day we had requested, but Barb was more than willing to be flexible, so we arrived a day late. She has a nice place right in the middle of the San Jose area, which is perfect if you're visiting that area. She's really knowledgeable about RV's in general and we had a good discussion about the merits of Class C versus Class B. I only wish we had more time to spend with her, but we were traveling through and could only do an overnight. Great host, highly recommended!
Barbara is welcoming and easy to deal with. The spot is very quiet and even if it is on a street it seems private.
My first boobdockers experience is absolutely positive.
It was very nice to meet you and I really appreciated you waiting to guide me into the parking spot after a long drive. We had a great conversation and laughs and felt right at home! Thank you so much!
Barbara was very sweet and the spot was quiet, we slept very soundly :)
This is a great place to rest your head in the San Jose area. everything was great here Barb is a nice host. Wifi was fast. Bring a very long electrical cord if plugging in. Sleep was great very quiet, very safe. Also if you love kitties, her cat is very cute.
Barbara was a wonderful and gracious host. She helped us settle in and make us feel welcome! Thanks for a great place to stay!
This location was perfect for us as we came from picking up our vehicle in San Francisco and wanted to explore Stanford University and Silicon Valley.
Barbara was very helpful and friendly and we ended up spending an extra night.
We had to park on the street, which was on a bit of an angle, but it wasn't too bad.
Overall a good experience.
She was very responsive and flexible. Host location was in front of her house in a quiet neighborhood with a nice atmosphere to boondock in. We appreciate having the chance to stay and enjoyed seeing the variety of cacti landscapes in her front yard.
Barbrocks was a great host. We got to park under a huge tree for shade, we were able to plug in for a night, and we were in a quiet spot. The parking was in front of the house, but not a lot if traffic on her street.
Thank you for the stay Barbrocks.
It was nice to meet you, however it was a little bit late in the evening.
I would recommend this place to other members.
Barbrocks was really warm with us! We stayed at her place just for one night, but she welcomed us and had a nice talking. We definetly would recommend to stay there and the oportunity to meet her. Thanks for all the tips and advices, we finally found some hotsprings in Sierra, and had a great rest there!
By the way, safe and quite neighborhood! :)