Let me take you on a quick introduction to vanlife. I will tell you how I discovered what on earth Vanlife is and why I decided to take the leap 🙂
Early 2017, I decided it was time for a change (once again). Everything seemed to be going strong. I had just sold my house, was making solid money as a freelancer, moved into a lovely furnished apartment, had just made a surfing trip to Tenerife.. but I realized I had not met any inspiring people over the past few months, the Dutch weather was driving me crazy, my love life was on the rocks, I had a startup that didn’t take off, I was spending my time in a job that I like but not love to pay the bills… Life is too short for all this stuff!
I considered just packing my bags and take a plane to Asia, New Zealand or Central America. But I didn’t want to spend my money just travelling around, I wanted to build something that would potentially create a passive income in the long term. I looked at buying French B&B’s, old Spanish finca’s and even at opportunities to start a co-working space abroad. But when doing the math, I realized it was definitely not the right time yet, I was a couple of 0’s short! Hmm..
Introduction to Vanlife
And there it was: #vanlife !! While browsing for inspiration online, I came across the hashtag 🙂 People living in vans, travelling and working the globe. YES! An investment that won’t lose much value, that has rental potential in the future.. I love it!
So I started orientating myself in the whole buying-building-a-van area, because I didn’t know anything about it! I spent a full day with my dad exploring Volkswagen vans. First, we went to a dealer in old Volkwagen vans and it was amazing! They are just so stunningly beautiful and romantic.. Just the thought of driving towards the horizon in one of them… awesome 🙂 The owner of Old Volks spent 2 hours telling us all about the vans, the things to look out for, the risks and everything else I needed to know. After that we paid a visit to the Camper Centrum Nederland for some new vans.
I will write a blogpost soon about the whole decision process 🙂 But I decided that either an old or new Volkswagen van was not for me, mainly because of the interior. I want to work on the road and would need a lot of space to sit, I wanted a fixed high-top. Also, big campers were not for me, because they are just too expensive and too big for just me.
But then I found out that there is another important hashtag: #vanconversion !! Buying a regular van for a good price and then converting it into a campervan!! I looked for an introduction to vanlife and got totally inspired by people like BearFootTheory , Sprinterlife and VandogTraveller. So I started the search for a van and reading up on all that needed to be done.
Because I’m not a great driver yet (not much experience), a super large Mercedes sprint was not for me. I also preferred an automat as opposed to a manual. After two days of full-time search, driving by dealerships, meeting great and not so great people, there she was! An almost brand new, 5 year old, 50.000 kilomters, shiny, small, high-top roof, windows already in BEAUTY .. ♥ 30 minutes later she was mine 🙂
So that’s a short summary of my introduction to vanlife and how I got to the purchase of my van 🙂 I’m well on my way with the build at the moment and cannot wait to start travelling with my van!