Michael and Acacia have been living in their self-converted van in South Africa for the past two years. While van life is not particularly popular in South Africa, they’ve had lots of success and enjoy staying at campgrounds for very little money.
Their conversion only cost them about $10K, which is the average cost of a basic car in South Africa – and instead of just a car, they have a home on wheels! Check out their awesome budget build below.
- Follow Michael and Acacia’s two-year DIY van life journey in South Africa, where they’ve thrived despite the trend being less popular in the region.
- With a $10K budget, they’ve transformed their van into a comfortable home on wheels, featuring unique epoxy counters and clever design elements.
- Engage in their adventure as they earn income by filming local businesses and enjoy the freedom of van life, all while showcasing South Africa’s stunning landscapes.
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Their $10K Van Conversion with Epoxy Counters
There’s tiny. And then there’s tiny. Nici & Max are the proud owners of one of an itty bitty camper van that they’ve beautifully and creatively converted into a tiny house with everything they need. Believe it or not, it has two living room configurations, in addition to its bedroom set-up.
The couple loved going camping together, but were annoyed by all the time it took to set up their campsite — and sleeping on the ground was less than ideal. A van made camping accessible — and fun — for them. They’ve traveled throughout Europe and are really living the dream. What do you think?
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Can You Believe They Fit All This Into Such a Tiny Space?
Meet Sarah and Trevor and Persephone the Van, their home on the road for over a year and a half. They spent a total of three years on the road, having had another van before that.
While they now own a home and animal rescue, this is the story of their stealth and simple van life. They spent that time traveling the country and finding something upsetting — lots and lots of litter in beautiful spaces. They made it their mission to pick up as much trash as possible and return these natural wonders to their former glory.
They kept their van simple and stealthy, but they found what worked for them! They even took out a large built-in with a farmhouse sink because they never used the sink. The rest of their materials are recycled and reclaimed. Pretty great!
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Persephone the Van & Her Trash-Cleaning-Up Owners
Emma was looking for complete and total freedom, as well as a way to live more sustainably and create less waste. Vanlife seemed like the perfect lifestyle for her, so she bought a camper van and gutted it, spending a year making it into her home.
Originally from Connecticut, Emma has taken the van cross-country and is enjoying her nomadic lifestyle (although COVID-19 has, unsurprisingly, put a wrench in her travel plans and reduced the number of showers she gets!). Check out the awesome video tour from Allison over at Tiny Home Tours. You can follow Emma’s travels on Instagram here.
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1997 Van turned Home: Emma Goes