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Age: 30-45

Member since February 2021

Belgian couple living in San Diego research traveling across the USA

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Erlinde is an Associate Professor of Marketing at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business. She teaches Marketing Research (undergrad) and Sustainable Marketing/Sports & Society (Sports MBA), with an interest in the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and economic issues, sustainable consumption (e.g., intentional living communities/eco villages), and sustainable business models (e.g., Certified B Corporations). Erlinde also serves as the co-PI for the SCEIN (Southern California Energy Innovation Network) incubator at SDSU, funded by the CEC (California Energy Commission).Her life is centered around cooking and consuming food (both for pleasure and health), being active outdoors, and she really cares about social justice issues and politics. She says what’s on her mind and is a total morning person.

Yannick is a bit (or a lot) of everything: full-time husband to Erlinde, Geographer by education, former professional volleyball player, former Geography teacher, and co-founder of Yugen, a Belgian kombucha brand. He spent countless hours rebuilding the Lazy Daze RV into the biophilia-inspired beauty it has become, and he is the master planner of this almost 8-month road trip. The research conducted while on the road will serve as an inspiration to further develop Yugen's sustainability policy and create a vision for the Yugen Foundation.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Cooking, fermentation, kombucha, woodworking, hiking, backpacking, traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, reading, sustainability, minimalism, tiny houses,...

YannickClaerman's Pets

Chamise is an easy going 1.5 year old cat that adopted us as her parents. One month into the COVID lockdown, she turned up to our front porch in San Diego, and never left our side since. Luckily, she’s pretty resilient roadtrip material, so we decided to bring her along for the ride. She sniffs everything and is scared of nothing. She’s snuggly at night and a little wannabe explorer during the daytime.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Anza Borrego Desert

YannickClaerman's Hometown

In a nutshell: We went from 4 years of long distance marriage living almost 10,000 km apart, to 8 months of living in a 23ft RV together. The full story: In 2012, we met in Ghent, Belgium, in a funky bar called Faja Lobi Café, we fell in love, but there was an elephant in the room: Erlinde was about to move to San Diego, USA. Yannick – a romantic at heart – lost his mind, asked her to marry him, and moved with her to San Diego, only a couple of months after that first date (arguably the craziest thing we’ve ever done). Upon arrival in San Diego, Erlinde started her postdoc at SDSU. Yannick had no choice but to reinvent himself from scratch: he volunteered as a soccer coach for refugee children, he volunteered at organic/biodynamic farms, he brewed kombucha, and he started woodworking. In fact, he made all the furniture for our little rental cottage (partially ‘cause we were broke, but also because it turned out he’s pretty damn good at it). Unfortunately, visa shizzle prevented Yannick from getting a job in the USA. This started weighing on him, and we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let Yannick move back to Belgium alone so he could work there, while Erlinde stayed in San Diego for her job at SDSU. Initially we planned on doing this long-distance thing only for 1 year, but (big but) …while Yannick was working as a teacher in Belgium, his hobby of brewing kombucha grew into a little side gig, which eventually became Yugen. Fast forward, 4 lonely hardworking years later, we were still living about 5,623 miles apart from each other, but still madly in love and counting the days to be reunited. Long story short, Yannick took a second major leap: in 2019 he moved back to San Diego (for good this time, no visa shizzle). We were so happy to be finally reunited that we decided to celebrate this by locking ourselves into an RV for 8 months. Let’s see how that goes ;)

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YannickClaerman's Rig

Rig Type: Class C

23 feet long

We drive a 23.5ft Lazy Daze. We don't need electricity because our solar setup is big enough. We are traveling across the USA as part of a San Diego State University research project. More info about our project and motorhome on our blog:

YannickClaerman's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets

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March 2021

Super kind and easy to host

Great guests. Stayed one night and we're very respectful and easy to host. They are welcome back.


February 2021

Fantastic couple!

Yannick and his wife are a pleasure to have as guests. Very polite and excellent communicators. They are welcome to come back any time!