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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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Exploring Australia in Her Volkswagen High Top Transporter

Maddi’s former job had her traveling all over the world, but she hadn’t seen much of her home country of Australia. It was time to change that, so Maddi turned to van life. She’s been on the road enjoying all kinds of adventure activities — from spearing fish to scuba diving — ever since. Her [...]

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Josiah’s Green Machine 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon

Josiah had a successful career in Silicone Valley, but was ready for more! So about 6 years ago he decided to become a nomad, and was surprised at the stigma that accompanied his choice. Still, he regrets nothing and loves what he does outside his van more than his rig itself. His 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia [...]

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The Vansteaders Left NYC To Travel the Country

For Alissa and Cody, what began as a simple lockdown project soon transformed into an entire lifestyle overhaul. They quit their jobs, built out this $60k rig and moved in ready to travel the country. They have a hammock, hidden toilet, full-sized bed and tons of storage. They also discuss a hidden laundry chute and [...]

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Couple’s Adventurous Life in a Truck Camper

Eric and Marissa always wanted to travel, but their non-remote jobs were holding them back. Once the couple figured out ways to manage a couple of Airbnbs and a rental van, they found the freedom to enjoy life on the road! Their camper sits on top of a flatbed truck and has all kinds of [...]

13 Years of Vanlife & Now They Have a Baby!

13 Years of Vanlife & Now They Have a Baby!

Allie is one amazing woman — she’s been #vanlifing for 13 years in a number of self-built rigs, and she also built a chalet which they rent out on Airbnb. She met Dan in Baja about three years ago and the couple started traveling together. While they weren’t expecting to add a newborn to the [...]

High Ceiling Camper Van w Articulating Solar Panels

High Ceiling Camper Van w/ Articulating Solar Panels

Erin and Joe were slowly sucked into van life after a fun road trip left them wanting more. They completed their build in early 2020 and decided to go ahead with traveling to outdoor spots after lockdown. They needed a bed that could fit Joe at 6 ft. 4 in., so they have a couch [...]

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Cute And Cozy 2019 Ford Transit Conversion

This 2019 Ford Transit has a charming and cozy home-like feel. Honey-colored floors and upper cabinets contrast beautifully with the mint green lower cabinets. There’s a unique bathroom at the back of the van, with an indoor shower, sink, and toilet (you use a shower curtain to keep water off the bed). Under the queen-sized [...]

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The Zephyr Van Sleeps 3 & Has Indoor Shower

Here’s a professionally-built van by Boho.Life. It’s been on the road since October 2022, but the owner got a new job without a remote work option, so Zephyr is for sale in Colorado. This rig includes an indoor bathroom that takes up just over 4 square feet! A toilet hides in the cube that can [...]

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Kokomo Van w/ Just 1,000 Miles For Sale

The Kokomo van went on just one expedition before the owners got a difficult medical diagnosis and now need to sell it. Nearly brand new, it was professionally built by Boho.Life. The buyer can pick it up in Sebastopol, California. The van has both a fixed bed and a dinette with seating for two. A [...]

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Couple’s 1991 Toyota Dolphin For South American Travel. 3

Couple’s 1991 Toyota Dolphin For South American Travel

Sherry and Andres wanted a way to travel down to Costa Rica to Sherry’s home and family there, so they renovated a 1991 Toyota Dolphin to meet their needs. Lockdown ended up halting their plans for international travel, so they traveled domestically for a while instead! Their rig has a memory foam mattress above the [...]


Freya Van from Boho.Life Available Feb 2023

Here’s the Freya van. Formally a vacation van rental, it’s now ready to go to a new home! The van was professionally converted by Boho.Life and has all the best features such as an epic solar system and beautiful custom cabinetry. There’s space for a queen-sized bed, mini-fridge, swivel chair, and flip-up countertop. It’s ready [...]

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Meg Noliaaa Van Crafted from Milled Wood

“Meg-Noliaaa” Van Crafted from Milled Wood

Megan and Lee were moving from California back to the Midwest, considering buying some land and buying a house when they realized they weren’t ready to settle down yet. So they decided to build out a Ford Transit and create their own home on wheels for a while instead. Lee had family connections to a [...]

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Travel Nurse’s Cargo Trailer Conversion

Neal hasn’t had it easy — first, he had to get sober, only to find out about a cancer diagnosis soon afterward. He beat cancer and then decided he didn’t want to miss out on any opportunities. As a travel nurse, he used to rent an apartment for a few months at a time in [...]

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Toyota Motorhome Turned 4×4 Overlander

Greg loves camping and found out after RV travel that he would love to reach more off-road locations. So he got to work on creating his dream 4×4 rig turning a Toyota Sunrader into an overland motorhome! He has a full-sized bed over the cab that lifts to allow access from the main living area [...]

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Their Cozy Cork Ceiling ProMaster Van Conversion

Craig and Tanya are enjoying their midlife years in their ProMaster van conversion. They have a unique cork ceiling and fabric-covered plywood panels to absorb lots of sound inside the van. They didn’t want to tear down and put up a bed, so they have a stationary one, as well as a convertible couch/eating area. [...]

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From Homelessness to Contentment in Van Life

Vanessa struggled with homelessness for years and had fallen into depression when she came across van life on YouTube. It seemed like a way out for her — but she needed a van! With a bit of inheritance money and a miracle, she ended up with her current rig for $1,300 and successfully completed a [...]

Saving Dogs in Her Van Conversion

Saving Dogs in Her Van Conversion

Dyllan was super successful in her work and making good money, when she realized she wasn’t fulfilled in life.  Having been able to pay off her student loans and save, she was in a good place to quit, build out a van and start traveling with her dog Juniper. After driving 30,000 miles across the [...]

Soft and Sweet Van Conversion for Salon CEO

“Soft and Sweet” Van Conversion for Salon CEO

Since she was young, Jenn has always been hustling — working multiple jobs and rarely slowing down. She became the CEO of a chain of her own salons right as March 2020 shut down Chicago for three months. With all that time to finally stop and reflect, Jenn realized she was ready to pivot. Most [...]

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Life in her Micro Transit Connect Van Conversion

If you’ve ever been in the back of a Ford Transit Connect, you know they are SMALL. But somehow Mia has maximized every square inch in her build and made it seem far roomier! Her compact kitchen setup makes it easy for her to grab a morning cup of coffee, and her couch quickly becomes [...]

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Indie Electronica Duo’s Micro Van Conversion

Indie Electronica Duo’s Micro Van Conversion

Christy and Mike of The Traveling Vuzz were first inspired to get into tiny life when they started their Indie Electronica Duo while traveling Europe. They didn’t want to lose that adventure and decided to convert a van. Unfortunately, personal tragedy struck midway through their van build, leaving Christy needing time to regroup before they [...]

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Photographer’s Cozy Fire Rescue Truck Conversion

As a professional photographer, Jay’s work required a lot of travel, which meant more time away from his wife, Cassidy. The couple loves hiking together and living on the road in a fire rescue truck conversion allows them to pursue their hobbies, spend time together, and make a living! Their truck had a good square [...]

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Couple’s Gorgeous Adventure-Ready 2018 Mercedes Sprinter FOR SALE!

Here’s an awesome 2018 Mercedes Sprinter that’s been home to the couple over @thedesertcruiser for the past couple years. They’re upgrading to a larger rig and hoping to find a new owner for this one. Birch plywood makes up most of the interior of the van, which features bench seating, a fixed bed, and a [...]

Jill of All Trades’ Awesome Van Conversion

Jill of All Trades’ Awesome Van Conversion

She rock climbs, she teaches yoga, she shoots photography — and she built out her own amazing DIY ProMaster van conversion in 9 months. Gaby doesn’t seem tied to any *one* thing — she’s lived in a number of vehicles, traveled the world, done the “city thing” and now she’s a solo traveler enjoying plenty [...]

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The Knight Camper Van Conversion by Boho Life

One of the reasons Boho Life converts vans are as rentals for people wanting to try out #vanlife for a bit or who just want to travel. But before the vans get too many miles, they put the rentals up for sale! It’s a great way to get a professionally-converted van for less. The Knight [...]

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Ram ProMaster Van Conversion with a Bathroom by Bemyvan

If you’re craving adventure but not a huge DIY undertaking that lasts a year or longer — a professionally-converted van like the Devan from Bemyvan might be a good option. This stunning conversion has all the bells and whistles — a bathroom, a full solar and energy system, and high-tech perks. The heating and cooling [...]

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Ipswich Couple Living off Savings in Their Van

Once they got free from student loans, this awesome couple felt ready to chase their dream of traveling the continent in a DIY van conversion. Their rig has a queen-sized bed on a lift system, an indoor bathroom, and even a convection oven/dehydrator. An awning helps keep the place cool, and they opted out of [...]