What’s “Van Life”
Van life is fairly self-explanatory, it’s individuals residing their lives in vans. Often, these individuals (not less than the well-known ones) are nomads, distant employees, influencers, and full-time vacationers who stay in these actually cool, custom-built vans with beds, kitchens, and bogs constructed into them.
I’ve observed a latest spike in reputation surrounding this kind of content material on the web. There are a couple of causes I feel are:
- Curiosity in different housing as the price of housing will increase
- Fascination with new journey alternatives after 2+ years of a world pandemic
- The rise of hybrid and distant work makes audiences extra inclined to journey full time (see the above level)
- Romanization of sentimental life/much less labor-centered life
My major curiosity level with them is how people stay in small areas (I even have a tiny home obsession) and see all of those locations from a house/car hybrid.
Is it Problematic?
There’s been discourse these days about if it’s co-opting homelessness to make it aesthetic. There’s additionally been dialog concerning the relatability of those “vanlifers” who might not disclose the monetary means by which they do it. That is evidenced by one Tiktok creator who’s now successfully nonetheless homeless after failing to make an earnings.
The query of how these people afford this life-style has all the time been a query for me but additionally, how having the cash to trick out a van with these distinctive qualities makes this a “selection” greater than survival. Total, I don’t suppose the content material (or the approach to life) is inherently dangerous particularly from the transparency perspective except you suppose influencer content material as an idea is as properly. Tons of creators are sharing life with suggestions and recommendation with out disclosing particular financials or all the story.
Would I Ever Attempt It?
I stand by my perception that if there was air BnB equal to this it’d make a killing. I don’t suppose I’d forgo a home or condo to stay in a single even part-time, but when I may go on a tenting or street journey however use a van I completely would. Additionally, as a lady even with my husband, I don’t suppose I’d really feel that protected sleeping in a van. However doing it for a weekend? Completely.
Distinguished Van Lifers (my faves)
I wished to finish this submit by sharing a couple of of my favourite creators within the style.
Kara & Nate
This couple began van life after finishing their purpose of visiting 100 international locations in February 2020 (what unbelievable timing). Caught on what to do they launched into a brand new journey journey that has been a pleasure to see.
This black girl in luxurious started vlogging her van life jersey from the very starting. She shares her finances, her struggles with the transition, and the entire enjoyable that’s come along with her journey.
Courtney and Nate
In the event you choose TikTok content material this couple is superior! Clearly guys named Nate are superior for vans. They share day within the life and recipe content material. Test them out right here!
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