We’ve been living like nomads and experimenting with different types of travel — backpacking, house sitting, living in a van — for almost 4 years now. In that time, van life has become our nomadic lifestyle of choice even though we’re the first to admit that it’s a bit unconventional.
People ask us all the time why we like to live and travel in a van and I can understand their curiosity. Living in a van — especially one like ours that lacks running water, a shower, and refrigeration — is clearly less comfortable than living in an apartment or a house.
But for us, we’re not comparing our van to an apartment or a house. We’re comparing it to travelling with heavy backpacks, relying on plane, train, and bus schedules, and sleeping in expensive hotels and hostels — all of which can add up to make travelling a bit uncomfortable at times.
Our van gives us the freedom to travel when we want, without luggage, and in the comfort of our own home. When you look at it that way, van life starts to sound much more appealing. We’ve had some of our best travel experiences in our van and whenever we’re not travelling in it, we can’t wait to hit the road again.
I could go on and on about all of the reasons why we love living in a van, but if you were a fly on the wall inside our van, you’d see that the lifestyle is not always freedom and rainbows. It can also be really hard.
Sometimes we can’t find a place to park overnight and we’re forced to drive around in our pyjamas when all we want to do is go to sleep.
In extreme cases, we’ve kept clean with just wet wipes and dry shampoo for…actually, I’m not going to tell you how many days in a row we’ve done that because it would shock the heck out of you.
I’m not trying to scare anyone away from van life, I’m just admitting that it’s hard, and that Mat and I had a steep learning curve when we first started.
We would have liked to have more information before embarking on our van life adventure and since we know there are lots of people (maybe you?!) who are thinking about van life as an alternative lifestyle and/or travel option, we decided to create the Guide to Van Life that we would have liked to have when we moved into our van. We’ve been working on the guide for months and it’s finally ready to share with you!
We wrote a 160-page PDF eBook and filmed a 4-hour video course to answer the most frequently asked questions about van life, including: How to buy a van, where to park overnight, how to stay clean and go to the bathroom, and much more. They’re both packed with tips, inspiration, and resources, and you should definitely check them out if you’re interested in living or travelling in a van!
Happy Exploring :)