6 Reasons Why Van Life Could Be For You!
30th October 2019
Have you ever considered the idea of life off-grid? The simpler life and the ability to have anywhere you could dream of as your back garden? Still unsure? Well here is a list I have compiled of 7 reasons why life on the road could be for you!
1. You Enjoy a Slower-Paced Life
For me personally, this probably stems from growing up in a rural town in North-West England, and having lived by the sea in Cornwall for the last 3 years - arguably the most chilled out place in the UK. Theres always something about a slower way of life that has appealed to me. The ability to take in the moment more, observe your surroundings and really take time to appreciate the smaller things in life. There's nothing more refreshing than just allowing yourself to stop, breathe and take in your surroundings, and van life allows you to do just that. For a start you really can't go anywhere fast in a van as there are so many things you have to do before you decide to move on, the same when you decide to stop somewhere, there's a lot of things you have to do before you can even leave the van. But once you're out, you have the freedom to take as long as you like in that location. When you can have any landscape possible at your front doorstep, why would you want to be in a hurry?
2. You Don't Like Being in One Place For Too Long
This really is a no-brainer for living in a van. I'm one of those people that gets bored easily and craves a change of scenery after being in one place for too long and living in a van gives you the freedom to spend as little or as long in one place as you like. Living in a home on wheels gives you the freedom to not just visit places that you like the look of, but live in that place! You are able to truly experience a place in a way that you would never be able to if you were staying in a hotel. You have the freedom to see every inch of that area and discover so many hidden gems, you'd wish you'd have done it sooner!
3. You Like Your Creature Comforts
I think one of the biggest reasons why van life is so appealing is that you not only have the ability to travel wherever you want, but you can do it in the comfort of your own home! Yeah hotels are a fun luxury sometimes, but there's truly nothing better than having everything you could ever need wherever you go, with no weight restrictions, extra cost for baggage allowance or or having to sacrifice bringing certain things. Once you close your blinds at the end of the day you could literally be anywhere, and theres nothing better than getting into your own bed at night after a home-cooked meal from your own kitchen after a long day of exploring. What more could you want?
4. You're an Outdoorsy Person
This goes without saying really. When all your house consists of is 2 rooms, you have to get outside before you start to feel a little stir crazy! Living in a van has brought me closer to nature than ever before. I have always been a huge believer of the health benefits being outdoors has to your physical and mental wellbeing and living in a van almost forces you to get outside more, which results in a better frame of mind, clearer thoughts and a better nights sleep! It provides you with less distractions than you have living in a house and more of a desire to get outside more, because why wouldn't you when your back garden could be a beach, a forest, mountains etc?!
5. You're Open to Change of Plans
Van life can sometimes be quite unpredictable and sometimes things don't always go the way you had originally planned. So being open to having to change your plans from what you originally intended is a must. Just before we set off on our trip so many people asked us what our plan was and our response was always we don't really know! Before we left the UK we basically wrote down a long list of places we wanted to see, starting with France, and then mapped our the best possible route. Not even a week into the trip our plans changed when we decided to skip a lot of the North coast and head down South. We've also found that some places where we thought we would spend a few days there we've been able to do everything we have wanted to do in a day, and other places where we thought we would just stop over for a night we have stayed for a few days to a whole week! So my advice would be not to regiment your whole trip because you never know how it's going to go until you get to your chosen location, just go with the flow!
6. Owning a Lot of 'Things' isn't a Priority to You
A tiny home means limited space for your things. That's clothes, kitchenware, electronics, toiletries - everything. We spent the last 6 months of us living in a house really sifting through everything we owned and letting go of things that we really didn't need, and honestly it made us realise how much unnecessary crap we had accumulated over the years. It really made us analyse what really added value to our lives, and after saying goodbye to around 10 bin bags of our things, we were so baffled as to why we had kept hold of all of that stuff for so long! After taking the time to downsize everything, we were able to make sure everything we were storing in the van was going to useful and we were going to actually use! Any keepsakes or anything we really didn't need in the van but we didn't want to throw away, we put in a box and put in the loft.
So there you have it, 7 reasons why van life could be for you! I truly believe that van life is the best form of travel if, like me you just have an endless list of places you want to see. Yeah, you can still tick off places from your list by doing it the more conventional way, but how many people can say they have done it from the comfort of their own home?