For adventure, extreme sport lovers & yogis
Van life! Ok, so do you want to be a nomad, traveling with your van to nice spots & feel free to move where you like?
There are many good things about it but some disadvantages that you may consider.
As a solo nomad it may be easier to live in a tiny space but you’ll struggle with loneliness.
You can always choose to travel with other vans or move to places where there are more people. Sharing the van may be a bit tricky. The space is quite small and you have to be a good team to synchronize all movements 😀
You’ll need money. Yes, you still need money. You have here two options:
Learn skills to work with your computer. Like programming, designing, video edition, create an online ecommerce,… Look for remote work platforms like https://www.upwork.com/
Being into adventure, extreme sports or yoga. Get the certifications. Many nice spots have schools or centers where they always need help. With this you can get money, contacts and many times place to stay.
Learn languages. That is useful for everything!
Be minimalistic. Take good things and only the ones you need. Do not spend too much money.
What I’ve personally done is using as fuel my van with recycled sunflower oil. We’ve saved 50% of tank costs. There are plenty of tutorials of how to do it (Note: For cold places you will have to warm it before, for example)
Use solar panels & all kind of systems to get energy. Each day comes a lot of solutions for being more eco friendly and energy sustainable.
Be aware, even if the first impression, is that gives you freedom to be at any place, be sure that you can stay there legally. Example: In the north of Spain you can get a ticket from the Guardia Civil if you stay at night in some places. The best option is to contact people from the zone.
As a surf instructor and digital nomad explains:
“I know that #vanlife is the dream for a lot of people but I actually prefer to stay at one place for a while and really get to know the people and the place.
That means most of the time I just got a room in a shared house where I have a bed and where I can cook and shower. When I was working in Portugal I was also talking a lot to the locals about this topic and they are really unhappy with the situation of the camper vans there.
People leave their trash and don’t clean up after themselves and the people who have to live there are stuck with the chaos. So in all honesty, I am not a big fan of that lifestyle.
Of course there are people who know how to behave but at the end of the day it is not great for local tourism.
I’d rather support the area where I live and build my life around theirs”
full interview here
In Stoked Nomads you’ve a map where you can find where people are and give you some feedback about the place. (You’ll have to log in. Why? Because we try to protect our users from spamming. We also need to pay the platform bills)
If you still believe is your thing. Go ahead! Nomads aren’t born to stay at home!