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Virginia’s Solo Van Life Retirement


Who said van-life was only for youngsters? Virginia (@veevanvoom on Instagram) is an incredible woman from Canada who was inspired by tiny house television shows to retire early in her own van conversion. That’s right, van life retirement!

She worked for 38 years as a massage therapist and with the help of some friends and experts built out her very own custom van home. Virginia even carved out some space in her little van for her massage table! She already traveled through her home country of Canada and is currently traveling through the states, building community and exploring beautiful places as she goes. Thanks Tiny Home Tours/YouTube for the great video tour you can watch below!

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Massage Therapist Retires and Travels US & Canada in her Van! Could You See Yourself Retiring To Van Life??

Virginia got this gorgeous copper sink from Portugal. She brought it home as her carry-on.

She incorporated copper details in other places around her home to tie it all in.

Love the ceiling? Virginia said it was tough to paint, but well worth the effort!

Close-up of the ceiling panels.

This “wooden quilt” detailing on the back doors is absolutely stunning.

Some beautiful artwork (which folds down into a table) made for Virginia by a friend, and her pantry.

VIDEO: Solo Van Life after Retirement – Her Beautiful Tiny House on Wheels

Virginia is an incredibly inspiring woman. She was already at retirement age, but loved her job. When she learned about van-life, she took her time, built out a beautiful space with the help of friends and family and got on the road.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Jeanine Atkinson
    March 24, 2020, 3:28 pm

    So well thought out! Love the kitchen drawers that can be used from the outside and inside! Would love to have this van myself! You go girl!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      March 25, 2020, 2:06 pm

      Agreed! It’s a great feature.

  • Avatar Alison
    March 24, 2020, 6:17 pm

    The indoor-outdoor kitchen drawers are brilliant. Also love the slide-away dining table, and the drop down table outside. And the slide-away refrigerator. Great idea to have the four-camera security; it would give peace of mind. (I’m assuming she uses bathroom facilities where she parks, but does she have a toilet for the middle of the night?). Well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      March 25, 2020, 2:06 pm

      She didn’t mention a toilet for middle-of-the-night but I know I would need one, haha!

  • Avatar Sheila
    May 2, 2020, 12:23 pm

    Love the van. She is lucky to travel in her van. With my medications, I would need a porta potty. I drink about 2 gallons of water a day. No joke. Have to flush my body out from the medications. She is very lucky to be able to travel. What a great way to live. My hubby still is hesitant on living tiny. I would love it.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 4, 2020, 7:09 am

      I agree. It seems wonderful!

  • Avatar dougie
    May 2, 2020, 5:33 pm

    Sadly due to my own health that has rather rapidly plummeted downhill i have now had my
    driving licence taken away by my doctors for an indefinite period of time making life on the road nigh on impossible from a legal point let alone a practical medical one or six😎
    But i won’t be put off of van life per say for what’s left of my life oh No, i either just need to source a partner that can drive 👍😙 or wait out the period of time i require too until i’m cleared as safe to drive once more, it’s a shame really as i had carried out extensive research for a life on the road as well with many issues solved, lots bought for a build and plans for exactly what and how to do it all with a minimum budget, cheating slightly though as i have previously designed and built/had built several VW dub vans in my younger days with one featured in a few of the VW dub mags 😎 so maybe i might for now write a book or website on “how to” for now to boost the final funds, i still think a driver/nurse/partner is the best route mind 👍😗 we shall see what happens first and that’s the route i shall take, i could be ready to go in a very short amount of time however having shed all the items we really don’t need in life, put all my music onto a tiny hard drive long with my Kindle being absolutely full, maps at the ready with my first adventure being my totally mapped out “back road Britain” which i have always wanted to do anyway, which i basically a tour using only all the back roads, and leaving from Glasgow in Scotland (UK) heading up the west coast taking in as many of the small villages as is humanely possible, then doing the islands (all of them) finally arriving in John O Groats after which Shetland and Orkney would be next and then right down the east coast back almost parallel to Edinburgh there after in order to cover the entire country i would require to zigzag all the way down to Lands End again taking in any islands as i went and finally getting to Dover for a crossing to France, Germany and Switzerland and then back to Scotland for a few weeks to visit my parents, brothers, kids and grandkids and a few life long friends then back on the road and heading for Mallorca as my final point before returning from the second leg specifically to visit my younger brother (who has lived there for 20+ years) all the time keeping to the backroads in all the countries travelled in or through, not as i can’t drive on motorways but i have long since believed we all miss a great deal by not doing likewise, as you miss so very, very much by only using motorways that bypass locals and all local amenities or places of interest, isn’t that the point in doing as both myself and many of your users wish to do in having a “Van Life” to rest, take it easy by having no stress, no ties etc etc but yet are happy driving everywhere on motorways it to me is a total contradiction!!! anyway here’s hoping

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
      May 4, 2020, 7:05 am

      I hope your vanlife dreams come true!

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