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After Divorce She Moved Into a 5k Van

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This is the story of a woman named Bridget who used van life for an adventurous life after divorce.

She travels with her dog as a companion and is excited about life every day now, even though van life definitely has its downfalls. What do you think? Have you ever considered doing something different when things unexpectedly change?

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She Downsized Into a Van w/ a 5k Budget Post Divorce

Bridget van makeover

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Van life with a dog sounds like fun!

Bridget meet

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Van life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine, it has its downfalls, but she’s happy with her decision.

Bridget and dog

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She gets to live life on the road with a smile on her face.

Bridget driving

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Video – After Divorce She Downsized Into A $5,000 Budget Van Conversion

Bridgett’s life didn’t go to plan, but she found happiness and freedom in her budget campervan. One of my favorite sayings is “If you want to make god laugh, tell him your plans”. Like many nomads on the road, you learn you can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose how you react.

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Related: Van Conversion Course w/ Ross Lukeman (How To Do Your Own Van Conversion)

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  • Steve in Micco
    October 29, 2019, 5:30 am

    I salute you! Most every woman I know, while talking a good game, would not have the courage to live your life. Most seem held back by the fear of “what would people think of me if I do this”. Am curious though, from the appearance of the now-wielded shut side door, what about insulation? Can obviously get real hot or cold in a metal box. That exhaust fan can only do so much, I should think.

  • Claude Philippe Pariseault
    May 5, 2020, 9:31 pm

    Hi Bridgett, all I can say, is that you have all my admiration, you are living what I have dreamed about all of my life. Once I bought a 1988 Roadtrek, renovated it for my taste and that was it! Left it parked and sold it some years later. Please enjoy the moment and be careful all the time.

  • May 6, 2020, 4:16 am

    Two things that keep me from living the nomad, mobile lifestyle: health issues and lack of steady, meaningful income. I daydream of how things might be every time I watch a YouTube video by others who live the nomadic, mobile lifestyle.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 6, 2020, 1:05 pm

      It’s very tricky to find work that works with a nomadic lifestyle for sure.

    • JJZack
      October 26, 2020, 8:36 am

      Robin Barrett has recently written a book called “Work From Home While You Roam” specifically for finding work that can be done remotely. Now with Covid, many companies have allowed people to work remotely. The author has lived on the toad for about 3 years now.

      My own sister is now a nomad though she wasn’t fond of camping back in the day. She and her hubby work at RV parks for some pay and a free place to park (they are in a travel trailer and many parks will not allow vans) but they’ve been nomads for almost a year and live it.

      I think the old adage comes into play here: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

      It takes courage but many have jumped in with both feet.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        October 28, 2020, 8:11 am

        I think one of the silver linings of COVID will be more flexibility with work-from-home for the long term. I was lucky enough to have a remote job before it was “popular,” which allowed us to move all over before settling down, but I think more and more office jobs will be able to done remotely. Obviously, you can’t be a remote store clerk or nurse (although there is telehealth….), but depending on your field, there might be more opportunities coming our way!

  • May 6, 2020, 7:25 am

    Nice video find, Alex. Thank you!

    The rust on the top of her van needs to be addressed before it gets worse.
    Bill did an outstanding job on the build.
    I wonder what she is doing for showers since all Planet Fitness locations are shut down.
    It would have been nice to know what she does for income.

    • Dana Turner
      October 26, 2020, 2:09 am

      A shame you had to bring misogyny here.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        October 26, 2020, 8:12 am

        Dana, I deleted that comment. Very unnecessary.

  • mark Cle
    October 25, 2020, 3:08 pm

    cost of housing vs the economy…we’re all gonna be living in vans soon!

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 25, 2020, 9:48 pm

    You go girl! Been there, done that (divorce). Not easy, but not impossible either. Your life is your own now, so enjoy, learn, grow, love, laugh. . .repeat. Keep you family and friends close, and don’t forget your God. Best of adventures to ya’!

  • vee
    July 6, 2021, 2:31 pm

    I have tremendous admiration for what Bridget has done! It takes bravery and happy anticipation. Many folks are envious of the freedom Bridget has achieved. — her life is now an adventure!!!

  • Joni
    October 6, 2021, 7:13 am

    So motivating! Thank you!!

  • Ray
    December 4, 2022, 8:43 am

    All the best for her. I commend her drive and vision.

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