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Is Vanlife Right For You?

Is Vanlife Right For You?

Van Life is not all sunshine and rainbows. From the time its an idea to when you’re actually in your van there are lots of bumps along the way.

Some of our obstacles when we first got the idea seemed huge:

  • We had two cats and we didn’t think traveling with them would be pleasant for them or us
  • We owned a house
  • I had a new car and car lease payment

We had huge support from our parents who volunteered to cat sit during our journey. We then worked very hard and found someone to rent our home and someone to take over my car payments. Those were just our big setbacks to this lifestyle, there we also many more concerns that made taking the leap into vanlife difficult.

We may be a little extreme, but we created and shared a “Pros and Cons” document. We create Google Docs and Sheets for everything and this was no exception. We compared potential good things about vanlife and some potentially really bad things that could happen. We had a lot of similar concerns, but our pros seemed to really outweigh the cons. We wanted to do van life for a deeper reason, we wanted to use it as a way to grow together and as individuals. We knew this adventure could bring a whole new appreciation to the world.

There is a lot to learn while on your adventure. There will be struggles so learn to “roll with the punches” as a fellow vanlifer (or horse trailer lifer) once told us. There are going to be some ups and downs. There are going to be some hot nights, cold nights, and unexpected break downs. You must be patient and learn how to respond correctly in these situations as it can be extremely frustrating.

You must be comfortable enough with yourself to take this journey. It isn’t easy to do something completely against societal norms. People do not take early retirement. We are conditioned to go to college, get a job, get married, and get a house. Once you do that then (maybe) you are able to enjoy life.

Our Opinion

Why can’t you do that when you are young?

Van life takes a special kind of openness to new things. Being open to doing new things, seeing new things, and meeting new people is a great part of the adventure. Looking back on our adventure a great pro to van life is the amazing community!

Click here to hear more about the pros and cons and other things to be aware of when deciding if vanlife is right for you

Going All In On #Vanlife

Going All In On #Vanlife

Taking the plunge into van life was not easy. We had many obstacles like a new house, bills, jobs, and the common fear of how the heck are we going to do this?

We did what we usually do when a tough decisions lies ahead of us, we started a spreadsheet. Pros and Cons of Vanlife. We listed our individual pros and cons, compared the lists, and determined how we could overcome them or if van life was just a fantasy.

Actually during this is what sparked the idea for our name, The Vantasy Life

Finally after nights, heck weeks of thinking and weighing all the pros and cons we said “We’re going to do this and make it work!”

When we started on this van life adventure I felt like we would never get to the point we are today. We are now down to finishing touches and getting supplies ready. Soon we will be on our journey!

Now is when the real fun begins; We get to start planning out our trip and finding interesting places and things to do all over the United States and Canada.

We can not wait to see what this adventure holds and we want  to share this journey with everyone. We encourage friends, family, and followers to give us suggestions of what to do and see  from their hometown or state. Please feel free to reach out to us via the form below or social media with your recommendations.