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Van Dwelling

Van dwelling seems to be gaining in popularity lately. More and more people are hitting the road in converted vans, RVs, or even just tents or cars. And there are lots of reasons why people are choosing this lifestyle. Maybe they want to downsize and simplify their lives. Maybe they want to travel and see more of the world. Or maybe they just want to be closer to nature.
But van dwelling isn’t for everyone. It can be challenging, and it’s definitely not the same as living in a traditional home. So if you’re considering van dwelling, here are some things to think about.
   * You can go wherever you want
   * You can live a simpler life
   * You can be closer to nature
   * It can be cheaper than traditional living
   * It can be challenging
   * You have to give up some conveniences
   * You have to be prepared for bad weather
   * You might have trouble finding a place to park
   * Your van could break down
So, what do you think? Is van dwelling right for you? If you’re still not sure, why not check out some of the resources below. You can read stories from people who are already living the van life and find out more about how to buy or build your own van conversion below.

What is van life?

Van life is a popular way of living among young people and digital nomads. It’s a great way to save money on rent and travel costs while still having the freedom to live your life the way you want to. If you’re considering van life, here are some things to think about:
   * Are you ok with living in a small space?
   * Can you live without a lot of stuff?
   * Are you comfortable with minimal amenities?
   * Do you mind being away from civilization for long periods of time?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then van life might be right for you!

Why People Choose Van Life

For many people, van life is the epitome of freedom. You can live and many even find ways to work from almost anywhere, making it the perfect way to see the world and experience new things.

Common Van Life Challenges

Van dwelling has become a popular way to travel and live minimally. But, it’s not without its challenges. If you’re considering van life, here are some things to keep in mind:
   * You have to find the right balance in planning and letting the adventure unfold.
   * You need to keep your van and belongings secure.
   * You have to figure out where to park and sleep every day.
   * You have to maintain all of the moving parts of the van.
   * You have to adjust to very limited space.
   * You have to overcome any of the constant obstacles that may come your way.
If you’re still interested in van dwelling after considering these challenges, then you might want to start considering what your dream van looks like.

Types of Van Conversions

There are several different types of van conversions if you’re considering van life.
   * There are cargo van conversions.
   * Class B motorhomes.
   * Minivan conversions.
   * Shuttle bus conversions.
   * Short school bus conversions.
   * You can hire a builder to customize a new van for you, or convert one yourself.
Van dwelling is a great way to explore the world and live an adventure, even if you start out by just doing it on weekends and vacation periods. There are lots of resources available to help you figure out what sort of van to build or buy.

Buy or build a van

For anyone considering van dwelling, reading stories of others who have made the lifestyle switch can really help you figure out if it’s right for you. Van dwelling can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it’s not for everybody. So weigh the pros and cons of van dwelling before making a big decision, and don’t hesitate to ask others who are van dwelling for advice.
There are pros and cons to both buying a van conversion and building one yourself.
If you buy a van conversion, the main pro is that someone else has already done the work for you. All you have to do is move in and start living your life. The main con of buying a van conversion is that they can be expensive, and you may not get exactly what you want.
If you build a van conversion yourself, the main pro is that you can customize it to your exact specifications. The main con is that it will take time and effort to do the work yourself. You will also need to be comfortable with tools and have some experience working with them.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to buy or build a van conversion is up to you. Consider your needs and wants, and go from there.


If you’re considering van life, weigh the pros and cons carefully. It’s a great way to see the world and live an adventure, but it’s not without its challenges. There are many resources available to help you buy or build your own van conversion. So, what are you waiting for? Start your van life adventure today by exploring the stories and resources below! And if you like what you see, join our Free Tiny House Newsletter for more stuff like this in your inbox!

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Anjali’s 4 Years of Van Life

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Their DIY Expedition Truck From Former Firetruck!

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Her Micro-Cement Van Conversion

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Roman & Ioana are based in Switzerland, and they love the freedom that living and working on the road provides them. They purchased a 1990 Volkswagen van that had been converted and did some major renovations to make it work for modern full-time vanlife. They tow along a storage trailer which allows them to keep [...]

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Colorful Van Conversion for Fun & Energetic 76-Year-Old!

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Our Van Susan: Family’s Van Conversion Update

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Pineapple Princess: Retired Couple’s Ford Transit Van

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