I (Mel) have noticed that there are three main types of people who live in a van: those who want to for fun, those who have to for financial reasons, and those who are trying to escape society due to trauma and/or past mistakes.
What category are we in and just how did we get here?
I supposed we fit into two categories: fun and necessity. You see, I had started a business. As most business owners know, the early years of running a business are filled with lots of hours and little money.
Then covid hit, or more accurately should I say the intense governmental regulations hit. And we lost half of our clients in one day. And that's when we moved into our precarious living situation. I was trying to save my new business, but I didn't realize what we were getting ourselves into... or what I was getting ourselves into. (Kate didn't make this decision.)
Fast forward ten months and the proverbial sh-- hit the fan. Time to go. We were forced to go and we wanted to go. We needed to go. Here was the problem: I had spent the past three years pouring the business money and my own personal money into the business. I had no first month's rent, no deposit, and almost no income. I hadn't even taken the full amount of money I had personally brought into the business. I kept throwing everything into the business to support our alternating growth, decline and stagnation.
No money and no proof of income. Who would rent to us?
To top all of that off, we were living in Northern California, a place that is obnoxiously overpriced. In Chico, we could get a crappy one bedroom apartment for $1200 a month. In addition to not being able to qualify for such a thing, it seemed ridiculous to do so, anyway. I couldn't imagine struggling to make ends meet just to live unhappy.
Thankfully, we had already been researching van life, and mentally preparing for van life. We had even already purchased a van in the hopes of eventually building it out into a cute, Pinterest-worthy tiny home on wheels.
Hence, van life. Unprepared, un-glamourous van life. I guess we just got pushed into something we wanted earlier than what we wanted it. And in a style different than what we had imagined.
Does that make us homeless? Technically, I suppose it does.
Single mom and kiddo set out on a nomad, van life, roadschooling lifestyle. Watch the beginner diy van conversion, first time homeschooling, first time build, first time on the road experiences, and newbie family van life adventures unfold.
We will share van life travels and tips to encourage other people to get out and explore the open road.