6 Van Lifers on Life on the Road

In the past 3 years, there has been a 312% growth in #vanlife Instagram posts… a number that is continuing to rise year on year. With so many people lusting over life on 4 wheels, we were keen to find out what made people want to take a leap.

In the past 3 years, there has been a 312% growth in #vanlife Instagram posts… a number that is continuing to rise year on year. With so many people lusting over life on 4 wheels, we were keen to find out what made people want to take a leap. Why now, more than ever before, are people packing up their lives for a life on the open road? Is trading home comforts for minimalist van living all it’s cracked up to be? Does residing in the confines of a vehicle really outweigh a permanent home? 

 

Dit bericht op Instagram bekijken

 

Een bericht gedeeld door Mollie (@wheresmollie)

Seeking a place to connect with nature, explore and be in good energy to run her business, Mollie took to van life after living in London for 3 years. Adventuring in a VW High Top LWB, Mollie has been exploring the UK and Europe in a van as a way of deciding what pocket to call home. Loving the life of connection with nature, herself and others here’s what made Mollie opt for a life on the road.

“I’m always looking for a way to live a little less insulated from nature. After living in London for 3 years I was ready to trade the high-speed energetics of the city for the natural rhythms of nature and my van allowed me to do this with total flexibility and freedom. The reality was, I knew I wanted to leave the city but I had no idea what pocket of nature to call home next. Moving into my van allowed me to explore options, stay as long as felt beautiful and to move on when I was ready. I got to test places out.

Of course, I could have explored the UK and Europe without my van, but my van allowed me to have a space that I’d personally designed to provide me with the comfort, inspiration and energetics to run my business and stay centred whilst on the go, no packing cases and unpacking all the time! The best of both worlds! Also, you can’t get more immersed in nature than when living in a van. Vanlife has made for some of the most connected days of my life, whether that’s because I’m waking up to the ocean or the mountains, having my cup of tea on my doorstep as I greet van life neighbours or because you’re pretty much always outside and just go inside to cook and sleep! In a world that continually encourages us to disconnect from the earth, vanlife encourages us to reestablish that connection every single day.”

Find Mollie’s Website here.

Hire Katie’s Van: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/26099/Welcome-to-Katie-Campervan-Extrem

Charlie and Lauren

 

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Een bericht gedeeld door Charlie Pauly (@charliepauly)

As free-spirited minimalists, Charlie and Lauren wanted to simplify their lives so they could find freedom. Traveling in a Ford Transit Campervan they opted for a life on the road in 2020, after spending time living in a narrowboat, and have been exploring in their home on wheels ever since. The reason they chose a life on four wheels is simple:

“for us it’s mainly for the freedom. To up and move where we want, when we want and to have our little home with us. We’re big fans of tiny living and live a super minimalist lifestyle 👌🏼”

Find Charlie and Lauren’s website here. 

Hire Rex: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/18376/Rex-the-Adventurer-Ford-Leisuredr

Amy Nicholson 

 

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Een bericht gedeeld door Amy Nicholson (@freelance_amy)

On a mission to live life freely, Amy has been exploring on wheels in her Mercedes MWB since 2021. Inspiring others to have a business that can be worked on from anywhere in the world, she’s the go-to for all things free-living freelancing. Her reason for living life this way? That’s easy!  

“Life on the road is simple and stripped back – it’s just you, your home on wheels, and the open road. Yet everyday is a new adventure! Exploring new places, meeting people from all walks of life, and experiencing life a little more freely.”

Hire a sprinter: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/26396/Luxury-Mercedes-sprinter

Indie & Joel

Wanting to settle, but keep moving is a dilemma that most backpackers/nomads face at some point on their journey. For Indie & Joel, van life was the perfect solution offering the best of both worlds: a home that supports adventure. Exploring in their Sprinter Van, they have a home wherever they go, which means…

“For us, it was the best way of living. Me and Joel had been traveling together and apart for the last 6 years and wanted to finally settle down and get ourselves a home but still be able to keep on moving. Living on the road has made our lives complete. Having the comfort of your home with you everywhere you go but still explore and see new places, meet new people, travel to new countries. There is nothing that can beat that!”

Hire a sprinter: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/28292/Stunning-off-grid-motorhome

Nic

Truly showcasing the new rich, which has absolutely nothing to do with money, Nic opted for a life on the road back in 2018 and has never looked back. The kind of joy that life on the road gave Nic is something that money could never buy. Here’s why: 

“Life is for living. Back in 2018, the open road was calling. I discovered richness did not come from working 9-5 but from adventure and unforgettable experiences. Van life helped me find my compass, my happiness, my freedom”

Hire Betsy: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/29622/Betsy-Our-Cosy-T5-Pop-Top-Camperv

Sophie 

In her own words, Sophie “quit the rat race” to follow her dreams and has been inspiring girls to “blaze trails” ever since. Always prepared for the next adventure, Sophie uses her van to explore freely. Traveling in a VW MWB, it’s a spacious ride to store all of her outdoor gear so she’s always ready for any adventure that awaits. 

“As an adventure athlete, having a van felt like a natural progression! A little home on wheels that feels like ‘my space’ filled with my adventure gear, so I’m ready for anything! My favourite place to vanlife is Scotland, the word that sums up van life to me is FREEDOM. It’s not plain sailing, but life is for living and giving things a go. It might not work out, but it will be a great adventure on the way”

Hire a VW: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/30157/VW-T25-Autosleeper-Classic-VW-Cam

Maja

A full-time solo vanlifer, Maja opted for life off-grid back in 2018 and has never looked back since. Like many van lifers, Maja was drawn into the freedom that life on the road could offer. Her goal was to work less and to live more, which is exactly what life in her Citroen jumper van allowed her to do…

“I used to live the norm, I owned my own little tiny house just outside Stockholm and worked way more than necessary. After a while I just realized I wasn’t happy at all, I got sick and I was thinking about when I actually was happy – the answer was when I’m traveling. I then proceeded to think about how I could do more traveling – the answer was vanlife. With Vanlife as my lifestyle I wouldn’t have to work as much as I did, and I would get to have the comfort of my home while traveling full time and always have the ability to choose when and where I wanted to live, which humans to surround myself with, what view I wanted to wake up to and what view I wanted to fall asleep to.”

Hire Rudy: https://www.camptoo.co.uk/camper/30103/RUDY-hand-built-off-grid-comforta

Ready to embark on your own adventure? Hire a campervan and get going!

 

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