Live in a Van
Live in a van! Ha! Some laugh at the very thought of living in
a van. But you don't really live in a van or any one place regardless
of your lifestyle. Take the typical apartment dweller in a larger US city.
They are at their job for at least 9 hours a day with lunch break, spend
about 2 hours a day traveling to and from work, sleep 8 hours, use the
bathroom and shower about an hour a day, leaving only 4 hours a day for
the hundreds of tasks that make up life: chores, shopping for groceries,
going to the doctors, yard work, getting the car serviced, etc. When asked
where they live they say "I live in an apartment at 123 Smith Street"
Ha! What a joke! They barely spend an average of 4 waking hours a day
in that apartment and when they do they are just sitting there exhausted
in front of the television or on the toilet or doing dishes or cleaning.
I hardly call that living at 123 Smith Street!
So when you Vanabode you aren't really living in a van. What you are
doing is traveling, camping, sleeping and recuperating from all the fun
you have been having all day because you had the time and money to do
so. This is the real key to this lifestyle. It frees up your most precious
resource, your time, as well as your money, so you can do the things you
really want to do. So you can really live.
Most people have a terribly misconstrued idea of where they live. We
don't live in houses, condos, boats, tents, or any other kind of structure.
We live in our bodies! That's right. We are created beings. You can understand
how this plays out by understanding this simple fact: We are a spirit,
we have a mind, and we live in a body. The lifestyle that I am advocating
is far superior to that of trading your body (your real home) in 30 years
of toil to a boss you hate, in a job you can't stand, just so you can
have enough money to buy a box called a house to sleep in. A box, that
you will leave to others that have not worked for it, when you die.
Many Americans that follow the typical illusion of the American Dream
do this: work to buy then die. They end up with broken marriages,
alienated children, crushed dreams, boredom, obesity, poor health, and
a house to sleep away the pain in and further propagate the nightmare.
Why does this happen? Because we are taught that we can't live unless
we have a house to do it in. Nonsense! Not everyone needs a house.
Even those who want a house will at many times in their life wish they
did not have it and could instead do something else with their life.
Is Vanaboding weird? Yes, in a quirky alternative lifestyle kind of way:
but not nearly as weird as you think. And remember we may do it for the
rest of our lives but many choose to do it for 2-3 years then move onto
something else. The choice is yours.
Hundreds of millions of people all over the world live in substandard
housing that is much more dangerous and much less comfortable than my
specially outfitted van. Some use shack huts that literally fall down
every year. Some sleep in their cars. Many board up 10 to 12 per house
in upscale cities like San Francisco giving up all sense of privacy because
the rents are so high. Our soldiers in uniform live for years in tents
in foreign lands. The entire worlds homeless live unprotected debilitating
lives in the most inhumane of places. Millions live aboard ramshackle
boats tied by the thousands one to the next in a floating city of Asian
humanity. Hundreds of thousands of cruise boat employees sleep in tiny
bunks in tiny 5 x 10 foot windowless areas for 9 months straight before
getting leave to visit back home. Mr. Nasseri lived in the lounge of a
famous Paris airport for over 10 years. Since 2000, Daniel Suelo has happily
lived in a cave outside Moab. Sorry mainstream America, but Vanaboding
is not really that weird at all. It's just smart. I will take the Vanabode
life over these any day.
This brings us to the millions who live in developed nations like the
United States in fancy houses and condos. They have great houses but they
are trapped in debt, despair and fatigue. They are unable to do anything
more than work to pay off their mortgages. So, the actual primary dwelling
place for many Americans may be nicer than my van but at a cost
that takes all the fun out of life.
Once again, I would rather have a sweet debt free lifestyle traveling
and having fun all week than a boredom filled house supported by endless
years of work to pay a life sucking mortgage. I have seen the spirits
of many of my friends and even my own, slowly die like those of my ancestors
the American Indians.
By contrast observe my early American Indian relatives perspective on
life: Before whites came the Indians had no criminals because they had
no jails. You can't have a criminal without a jail. They didn't have locks
and keys, so they had no thieves. If anybody was poor and needed a horse
or blanket, someone owning an extra horse or blanket gave it to him. They
didn't have money, so a man's worth couldn't be measured by it. They did
not have any written laws, which meant no attorneys or politicians, so
they couldn't cheat. They lived a simple happy life unencumbered by much
of the toil, stress and life sucking responsibilities that we push on
our present day Americans.
Early 1950's era white racist Australians trying to keep the Aborigines
as cheap labor have used the term walkabout. . ."That lazy joker
just up and left his job and went walkabout" to describe the Aborigines
who are so suppressed by the white mans 9-5 grind that they literally
just stop working in the middle of the day and walk away. To keep from
going stir crazy at the white mans manual labor jobs, they simply put
down their tools and walk into the wilderness and are not seen again for
months. There is no two week notice. Sometimes they are not seen again
for a year or more. This is the power behind being able to "walk
away" or in my case Vanabode travel forever, without an employer,
boss, or job to answer to.
To Vanabode and live in a van is to be on an adventure without much sacrifice.
You can have all the essentials that make a life enjoyable: excellent
food, laughter, fun, big romantic adventures, healthy sex, protection
from the weather, and a good nights sleep at very little cost. The best
thing is it is sustainable: you can happily, safely and affordably
Vanabode for many years or even for the rest of your life.
Live in a Vanabode Versus Other Living Strategies
If you want to know more about the comparisons explained in the book Vanabode
- travel and live forever on $20 a day then see these pages giving brief
comparisons to other lifestyles other than this one.
Vanabode versus air car hotel travel
Vanabode versus large motor homes, RV's or travel trailers
Vanabode versus living in a house
Vanabode versus backpacking
Vanabode versus houseboats, motor yachts, powerboats, and sailboats
Vanabode versus car camping
Vanabode versus being homeless
One final thought on choosing which kind of lifestyle to incorporate.
When you Vanabode you have one very serious advantage over most every
other style of living. You have a low commitment level and very low risk.
Everything you purchase to Vanabode with, from the van itself to the bed
and all the small gear, can still be used to lead a more typical life
later if you find you don't like it. You don't buy anything that cannot
be incorporated easily or sold for what you paid for it. On the other
hand, if you purchase a large motorhome for $180,000 or a get a $200,000
mortgage on a house or spend $60,000 on a yacht, you are somewhat committed.
You cannot easily move on. You are now so upside down financially that
you must stay with it for many years just to break even and be able to
sell out and move on.
Imagine what you would do and where you would go if I PROMISED
to show you how to live a complete life with all your needs met for $20
a day? Would you head straight for a national park like Yellowstone or
Glacier and hike and photograph wildlife for a month? Would you just take
it easy on the fresh powder sands of Florida's pristine beach's sipping
cold refreshing Mojito's? Would you hit the tables in Vegas for some exciting
poker or slots followed by a mind blowing world class show? Would you
dine out every night for a week on the pier in San Francisco? Would you
go hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, boating, surfing, skiing,
or otherwise get off the grid and out of the grind for a month or two
at a time?
If you really want to travel around to various places in the United States
you will need a little money but you probably won't be able to keep your
current job. Why? Because most employers don't want you gone for 3 months
at a time. No problem. Vanabode shows you how to earn money from wherever
you choose to live short term from hundreds of jobs available only
to seasonal campers. Plus it explains how I personally earn money to travel
all over by running this simple website while I live in a van.
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Vanabode vs boats yachts
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anything like this" Brandon in Florida
"I love the way this author gets right to the point. He simplifies
complicated problems and literally shows you how to make each step happen.
If you want to travel a lot, and do it cheaply, this is the only way I
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Boardwalk picture above taken in the wild forests of upper coastal Washington
state. When you Vanabode you will have the time to really
get out and experience everything possible. Don't buy stuff. Buy your
"I saw your post under the topic "Cheapest Places to Live in
the World," suggesting that people look into the vanabode lifestyle
as an alternative to moving to a third world country to live cheaply.
I'd never heard of the term and was curious, so I googled "Vanabode"
and found your website. Very interesting. After checking out your website,
I got to thinking that it makes sense to find a way to live cheaply right
here in the U.S. so I purchased the book. Very interesting and without
a doubt the answer to my question of whether it is best for me to live
here in the US or try some third world country." name withheld
I have always wanted to live in a van. Ever since my Dad started taking
us kids camping along the rivers in Texas it has been my dream to just
do that all the time. I always felt weird because all my friends were
focused on home ownership and I had my secret wish to simply live in a
van. Now I see many people are doing it thanks to your book, I feel so
relieved." Mary Stephens - Amistad