I’ve always had this urge to just pack up and go live in the wild, sleeping out of the back of a van, driving to new destinations and seeing more of the world. For so long it had just been an urge, something that always seemed so out of reach. I had people tell me that I couldn’t do it. That I’d hate it because I liked to be clean and tidy and that it was too late now I’d started work full time.
For a long time, I believed them, I would still look with wondering eyes at those who were managing to live this dream life of mine whilst I committed myself to my 9-5 and living vicariously through their beautiful Instagram pictures and blog posts.
But then one day, I released that negative energy and realised I can make whatever future I want for myself. I can work hard, save up and create the live-in van of my dreams, an organised tidy space, with clean white and warm wooden interiors.
So I started to research. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. It’s still a good few years before I will be financially stable enough to go off touring the world in my van, not to mention I need to build it first. So I started to use this time wisely to research the kind of vehicle I would need to buy and how I could kit it out to suit my every need.
I started looking at used cars and vans to see what was out there and at what price. I read a lot from the amazing blog The Vanual, The complete guide to complete freedom. The Vanual literally lays out exactly what you need to do to build the van of your dreams, with a helpful guide as to how much and how long each step is going to take. All the images you see here in this post are of their creation and are exactly the kind of space I would be looking to create. Clean, bright and spacious but functional and warm.
The Kitchen would play an important part in my van with cooking from scratch being a great way to save money and ensure you eat healthily on the road – this simple two-burner tucks right away after use to become a part of the desk. And look how they’ve used the space to store herbs and spices in little magnetic containers.
The bed would also be a fundamental part of the setup and of course, would need to be a double – I like my sleep and being scrunched up or confined to the ceiling wouldn’t work for me. I can’t get over how much difference the open windows make to this space, in warmer climates the addition of a little mosquito netting would make for the perfect cool nights sleep.
Now I’ve found the base of my van and a guide to help me create it I’m onto the next stage of my plan – finances. Although living in a van is cheaper than renting in London, visas, fuel, insurance and emergency cash for breakdowns still needs to be accumulated. A post on how I plan to save up for this will be coming soon.
Watch this space!
*This post is sponsored by cars.com – thanks for helping me get one step closer to my dream of creating this life for myself