In the last couple of years I have become obsessed–obsessed!–with the vanlife movement. I know the word (and the hashtag, and the culture, and everything else) means different things to different people. On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got your bikini babes with their ripped boyfriends who travel around in vintage VWs, taking aerial footage via drone of them as they travel down scenic roads.
On the other end are what some might lovingly describe as “old coots”–retirees who have had it with the rest of the world and live out of cargo vans or ancient (in the unhip way) RVs they park in the desert half the year and in Florida the other half. (These folks might be more likely to use the “vandweller” label vs vanlife.)
But most people are somewhere in between those extremes or stereotypes.
Take me: a “regular” person with a job and a condo, who is getting to the age where I start going, “Hey, what am I going to do with the last 20-30 good years of my life, given I do not have a giant or even moderate retirement fund? Hmmm, maybe I could live in a van!” (I don’t want to say too much about myself here, as I have a career and that sort of thing that I don’t want tied into this particular interest/obsession. But, I am a 40-something person, married, no kids.)
Okay, that was not my exact thought process. In fact, I don’t remember how I first stumbled onto the vanlife and vandweller world. I just know what ever since I did, I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s become such an obsession that I wanted to put together my own site to collect some of the most useful information, my favorite van builds, equipment, vanlife personalities, and vanlife or vandweller plans.
I’m going to write a glossary, because sometimes the acronyms around terminology around vanlife, etc., is indecipherable without a key. I’m going to include my favorite links. I’m going to do best-of lists and sometimes by best-of I’ll mean worst-of! Stand by for all that and more in 2018.