I think if you experienced farm life as a child, your soul will always crave the outdoors. Growing up surrounded by beautiful scenery on the island of Tasmania (AUS), I don’t think I could exist in this life without being amongst nature.
Following the common trend of moving away for study/work/career I found myself in increasingly bigger cities, and along with it an internal battle for more space and open air. I’m lucky enough to have the ocean close by and my dog ‘Otto’, but something still needed to change.
18 months ago after procrastinating for too long; I finally bought an ex-electricians van and started to make it my own. My plan was simple, and with the help of some mates, the build was done easily and quickly (although I’m always changing/improving it as I grow and learn from time away).
Having this new lease of freedom has allowed me to immerse myself in nature as much as I can. With or without friends along for the ride and no matter how far you drive, it gives space, time and clarity. It’s created a shift in my consciousness and the way I live life. Otto is amazing and loves being on the road, he also gives me the confidence to be a travel alone, and enjoy remote areas so much more.
Although my job is more flexible than most and allows me to hit the road more time than not, it still holds me back from being a full-time van dweller. Who knows where the future will take me but right now I embrace every minute and the peaceful adventures that vanlife creates ✨
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Traveling in a van allows me to chose what and when happens, eat healthily and enjoy the moment as opposed to the control of work! There's nothing better than waking up and deciding there and then what to do, where to go or not.
Now that our daughter is here our decision to live in a van feels even more right. With ten months old she lived more than half her life in a van. And we feel she loves it.
We love to breathe the salty air at the ocean. Most times we’re traveling in Northern Europe, but just now we have been traveling through Southern Europe for six weeks.