Traveling by van is an extraordinary adventure. More and more in vogue in recent years, “vanlife” likes to go beyond the notion of travel to define itself as a way of life. Everyone explores in their own way the joys of a nomadic life chosen but which can be summed up in one word: FREEDOM. After more than a year of living in a converted van (6 months in Australia and 6 months across Europe) and the book Drive Your Adventure, Elsa Frindik-Pierret and Bertrand Lanneau give us their practical advice to avoid mistakes of no -initiate and succeed in your road trip.
So that this van trip looks like YOU.
1. Travel by van and leave with the first comer
Oh, you look nice, how about we go on a road trip together? First of all, be aware that traveling in a van requires a certain proximity which can be complicated. In this cramped space, the bedroom is also the kitchen but also the bathroom. So, these few m² are to be shared 7 days a week and 24 hours a day with your traveling companion.
Your entire journey is defined by your mutual choices. If everyday life is all about concessions and frustrations, it will be difficult to fully enjoy the joys of life in a van. And what a pity! Together, ask yourself about your goals and expectations for this trip.
What are your desires and interests? Do you prefer outdoor activities and extreme sports? Or more beach and relaxation? Are you looking for dating and partying? Or calm and introspection? What are your habits in terms of comfort, hygiene, cooking?
If you have more in common than your differences, it seems that you have found a very good partner to travel by van!
But is this the ideal partner? You won’t really know it until you’re on the road.
Our daily advice: CO-MU-NI-QUER! In such a confined space, emotions are multiplied. We live stronger, more real, without filter. So, no “unsaid” because in 5m² they end up resurfacing. Dare to express your feelings and dramas will be avoided. It is therefore essential to find THE person to go with. Especially if it’s for a long time. It’s up to you to form this beautiful team with common values, and with whom communication is easy to support each other.
At your directories, you can start casting.
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