Finding ways to live the life that you want and the way that you want is important in discovering a life that you’re happy with. Tradition tells us that we should get a two story home with a picket fence and have a ton of kids and go to church. However, that’s not what most people want out of life and there are subcultures that are taking off of people who are getting away from the lives that other people set out for them. Making their own way and seeing the world is the van life subculture. They rock old vans, take beautiful photos, and spend multiple nights sleeping under the stars in a new city every week. Is this life right for you? Keep reading to find out.
First and foremost, you should know that living in a van or RV is not easy. Not only do you have to worry about gas, and mechanical issues, but going to the bathroom, cleaning out your toilet tank and making sure that everything goes smoothly with where you’re staying. There are a ton of issues that come up for those living on the road, but you must want it more than you worry about the issues. This is the most important thing about living on the road and sleeping in a van. You want to make sure that it’s something that you love doing, and can imagine seeing yourself working towards, even though it may not be all sunshine and mountains every single day.
Although there are a ton of different options when it comes to the kind of van or RV that you will be travelling in, you should make the decision based off your own personal needs and wants, your abilities, and your family size. This is important to consider and not take too lightly, because if you don’t have the knowledge to fix mechanical issues, you don’t have enough room for you and your family, and you don’t have the money for constant upgrades or the restrictions on huge vans, you want to make sure that you make the right decision. This can take a lot of planning, and finding the right vehicle for you and your family but it’s essential in making sure that you have the best time on the road.
The next thing that most people concern themselves with when they begin living on the road is the renovations that your vehicle may need. When it comes to getting a camper, the majority of low cost options out there are usually outdated and not great looking. When you look for a van the most important thing that you can worry about is the mechanical features working well. Many people design their own interior for their van, and put in everything that they would like.
The next issue that may come up when it comes to living in a van is that of a job. Though you may not be wearing Stuart Weitzman to the office every day, you very well could, or you could find a freelance position that you could do on your wifi enabled vehicle, or your favorite coffee shops. This is important, because although it may seem to other people like it’s very inexpensive, living out of a van can get incredibly expensive if you’re not paying close attention to gas, and other things.