Aries Soul Traveler loved traveling but couldn’t keep dropping $600 for a weekend stay in a hotel. When she found vanlife, it seemed like the perfect solution — her own budget-friendly hotel room on wheels! She lives in a townhome and takes her van on adventures during the weekends (and vacations).
She hired a local carpenter to help her create the most adorable van conversion I’ve seen so far. This shabby-chic farmhouse van has weathered wood and vintage-inspired appliances that make this rig feel like a cozy cottage. What do you think?
Chad was flipping homes on the West Coast, but the cost of living was getting out of hand. Someone suggested vanlife to him, and at first he balked at the idea of living in a van post-40-years-old. But when he found out he could design and plan the whole thing, he got interested.
Due to supply chain issues with getting a new van, it took almost 2 full years from the time he bought the van until he moved in. But now he wouldn’t have his “Bearded Van” life any other way! His creative build has a giant bed and tons of room for his photography equipment.
Anjali graduated from college and wanted to travel, so she built out her first van to let her see some of the country. Then her job as a software engineer went remote in 2020, and she decided to build a bigger and better van (named Vinny).
Now she travels in her van and also owns a boat! She converted the entire van herself and can fix anything that comes up. Just wait until you see her awesome hidden bathroom set-up — super creative. Also, stick around for our Q&A with her at the bottom of the post.
Cynthia had been thinking of going tiny for a while, but she was initially nervous about telling her grown children and friends about her idea. But she conquered her fear, bought a Ford Transit Connect, and converted it all herself!
She made sure her conversion fit her lifestyle and her 60-pound dog. She has a bed that folds out at nighttime and a cool table in the back for her outdoor cooking station. Enjoy the tour!
Meet Anne and Brian, a couple who had originally planned to live on their sailboat but ended up trading it for a motorhome instead. Anne realized that she loved the land too much to live on the water full-time, so they started discussing other options, which eventually led them to full-time RVing sooner.
They sold their house, sailboat, and most of their possessions, and moved into their Entegra Coach motorhome in just eight months. Originally, they were to move into the sailboat full-time in a matter of 5 years. In this blog post, we’ll learn more about their journey to tiny living, how it has changed their lives, and their advice for others considering going tiny.
When Jess and her husband were dating, they immediately agreed that someday they wanted to live on a narrowboat. After saving up for more than 2 years, and spending 3 months on renovations, that dream has come true! They have been living on the water in Whiltshire for about a year and will soon move to Oxford and live on the Thames.
What’s your favorite part of their renovation? Could you live on a narrowboat?
James was excited to be sober, but he was facing homelessness again due to rent issues. That’s when he found a UHaul and spent a whole year watching YouTube videos to help him convert it into his own home.
He really prioritized a comfortable bathroom and plenty of water storage. He has a standard 32×32 shower stall and deep sink in his large kitchen. He got tons of finishes from IKEA and spent about $10K on the conversion. After living in it full-time for a while, he uses it for weekend warrior trips more locally. He has plans to sell it in the near future.
Johnny got his bus for $3,000 — and it needed a lot of work, especially regarding rust! A year and a half later, he was able to move into his truly beautiful skoolie.
He made sure to keep his two large dogs in mind when building, making them a comfortable under-bed lounge area and making sure he could keep the temperature comfortable for his fur babies. He has a unique couch and dinette design that I haven’t seen before, so be sure to watch the video for the details!
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