Living in a Van

“Home is where you park it…” 

Now more than ever before the vanlife community is growing and becoming a new way of life for many. And today, this nomadic, uplifting and spontaneous lifestyle, is no longer considered just a passing trend. People around the globe are living vanlife to the fullest and learning to appreciate the value of purchasing a van for living quarters. Whether it’s used for annual travel adventures, temporary road trips, or a more permanent mobile living quarter, vanlife living comes along with great lessons and rewards.

Living in a van is no longer considered just for nomads. Families, couples, and solo adventure seekers who are in search for ways to continue to enjoy life and the great outdoors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, are jumping on board their very own vans to experience a different kind of lifestyle.

Retirees and baby boomers are also starting to choose camper vans instead of going the typical RV route. Choosing to go with smaller, more off-grid camper vans allows them to access more remote campsites and spend less of their fixed income on gas and fee-based RV campgrounds w/ hookups needed to provide power to large RVs.

As rent and the cost of living in cities goes up, younger generations are finding it more and more challenging to save money.  Many young people are choosing to live in camper vans as a way to reduce living expenses and have adventures on the weekends.  Over the past few years it has become more socially acceptable and even downright cool to live in a camper van.

But, why choose this way of life? And what’s really like living in a van?

Living in a van is an amazing way to see the world, become more in tune with the most important things in life, and during these uncertain times, it is a great opportunity to work remotely while having the time to do so. Like everything in life, vanlife has its pros and cons, so being open to exploring and having the right mindset is key.

Living in a van is a great way to save money and reduce usual expenses, explore the world, refocus, learn new things, and feel free. It teaches you how to steer clear of all the distractions and enjoy a more minimalistic lifestyle. It shows you that it’s okay to create your path, even if it’s a different one. It helps you to become better with change and uncertainty too. You never know who you’ll meet and cross paths with along the way.

Despite what may be portrayed on social media, vanlife isn’t always as glamourous as it looks. As with all things in life, vanlife has its moments! It won’t always be about lounging around, parked up in a cute picturesque place. Sometimes it can get dirty. Sometimes it may be cold. But it teaches you how to embrace the moment, appreciate the little things, and understand that it’s okay to get uncomfortable. Living in a van takes you out of your comfort zone and shows you the beauty life has to offer when you allow yourself to let go and go with the flow.

Some of the more common inconveniences of vanlife are finding quiet places to sleep when in the city, regulating the temperature in the van, lack of cable, showering at gyms and campgrounds and having to be conservative with your power and water, etc.  There are some solutions that can mitigate some of these inconveniences, but as with anything, adding some of these solutions to your van can cost money and take up valuable space within the van.

If you are the type of person who is willing to trade some of the modern comforts in exchange for freedom and adventure then vanlife could be right for you!

Interested in becoming part of the vanlife community? Vanmakers designs & builds quality vans with style and functionality for the best vanlife experience. They have extensive knowledge and experience of living life in a van and help to create the right blueprint to meet each person’s needs. They customize and build one-of-a-kind vans, as if it was their own.


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