JENNIFER PHAM | CO-FOUNDER
Hey there, my name is Jennifer Pham. I was born in Vietnam, lived in the Philippines for two years, then made California my home the past twenty-two years of my life. Coming from a family of nine kids, my siblings and I didn’t travel a lot — can you imagine the type of RV we would have to rent? Sounds like a nightmarish version of Cheaper by the Dozen. Even so, I have always been fascinated by the world and its different landmarks, cultures, and beauty.
Nature has always had a spell bounded charm on me. In Elementary school my favorite subject was Earth Science. In high school I spent my days Googling ‘beautiful places on earth’ and daydreamed of the day I would be able to immerse myself in every part of the Earth. In college I had a journal filled with bucket lists — most of them from my Google searches, some of cutouts from National Geographic, and others from outdoor magazines. Now in my 20’s I plan to make my way across every ocean of the world (thank goodness there is only five).
I started Tinycaravan with Vivian because over the years, I realize there was more to appreciating the Earth than just daydreaming about its beauty. I think what a lot of people forget is that we can’t just take and not give back. The Earth is not here for us to use and abuse, but to love and preserve. Forever inspired by Christopher McCandless, Ansel Adams, and Carl Sagan I seek to live a heart-filled life full of adventures, love for the planet, and preserving the goodness in the world. Follow me on instagram @jnnffrr for more.
When I first met Jennifer back in our college days, I couldn’t help but adore her tiny stature. But what drew me the most to wanting to become her friend was her big warming smile and her contagious laughter. She literally laughs at everything. Honestly. You can make the most normal comment or remark and Jennifer will laugh out loud as if it was the funniest thing in the world. She keeps me believing that I am always funny – I mean, why else do you think I am friends with her? (Just Kidding).
Jennifer may be the smallest friend I know, but she certainly has one of the biggest hearts out there. She has this gift of exuding positivity and happiness. She welcomes everyone with open arms and a judgment free-zone. One can’t help but want to open up to her and to share their story. Because of her many wonderful traits, she makes it easy to work and travel with. With her creative mindset and my environmental studies, we complement each other like Yin and Yang. Let’s just say, I’m glad I met this little ball of laughter. Oh, and she also believes in mermaids, fairies, and conspiracy theories — how can you not want to be friends with someone like that?
VIVIAN WANG | CO-FOUNDER
Hello my friends, my name is Vivian Wang. Fun fact for you: my birth certificate states I was born in Georgia, but I am a Californian girl at heart. I moved to the Golden State when I was 5 years old, and ever since then, never wanted to leave. My family is far from being outdoorsy and eco-friendly, but the environment has always had a special place in my heart.
Growing up, while all the little girls wanted to be Cinderella, Snow White, or Belle, I wanted to be Pocahontas. ‘Colors of the Wind’ was my jam. I was that crazy kid in school who loved to run around in the field and get my hands dirty. However, I didn’t realize the importance of the environment until I took an environmental science course in high school. From then on, my perspective was forever changed.
To say I love the environment is an understatement. Every time I witness Mother Nature’s breathtaking landscape, it’s a constant reminder of why I want to protect this fragile ecosystem. We take advantage of her beauty without taking care of her land. It’s empowering to know that each of us is capable of preserving the Earth — whether it is in a big way or a small way. Along with my daily commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, I’m always seeking new adventures and keeping my inner child. Follow me on instagram @vivwangg for more.
It’s strange how two Geminis can work so well together. I met Vivian our second year of college and was wigged out over how easy it was to open up to her (I dislike small talk and, thank goodness, we bonded over the bigger talks — like her love for ketchup and my strange addiction to mystical creatures). We’re similar on two different spectrums — she’s extroverted, I’m introverted. She’s fact driven, I follow my creative callings. She’s my right brain and I’m her left. And I think that’s why we work so well with Tinycaravan.
Vivian is the kind of friend who brings you back to earth when your head’s in the clouds. She challenges the people around her to be more than they think they are capable of. She’s one of those friends who will put others before herself. She’s understanding, smart, full of life, and honestly, the most real person you’ll ever meet. I am forever inspired by the way she views life. To say I’m glad we’re friends is a huge understatement. I’m really happy to have a friend like Vivian in my life.
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