I’ve always had this dream to get one of those scooby doo type vans & travel wherever i wish too. Is there anyone with experience or anyone who knows if it’s possible & how, why?
it would really suck to have be broke, lost & having to head back home cause shit just didn’t work out lol
I did this for two months backpacking the eastern coast of Australia. it’s easy and cheap and many people in that part of the world do it. People I met who were doing it longer just ride into towns and cities and get random jobs (store, restaurant, etc).
Two categories of people I met doing this:
1) Temporary, some kind of mid life, quarter life crisis; looking for themselves sort of deal.
2) People that just live like this. This one guy I met lived in the hostel for 16 years. Nuts. But yeah some people just end up existing like this.
Really depends on why you’re doing it and what you’re looking for. But completely doable.
Decent van (with fridge) for the month with good deal: $900
Food: $200 – 300 month
Gas: Depends on prices at the current time
Cell Phone with internet: Dirt cheap in most countries. (20-50 for month)
Aka you can live for about 1,200 – 1,600 a month.
If you go with a friend, split cost of living in 2. So you can live for about $900 – $1,000 month.
Seems like we have similar dreams, I’m planning to buy myself and old VW LT31 camper when i graduate college, work for a bit save up and then hit the road. Thinking of staying in it while saving up, both to save up more faster, but also to get used to van-living. Don’t be afraid of failing. I once started out walking in Sweden with my shit in a baby-carriage, just to have an one of the wheels breaking off after only 15 km. Turned out to not be the epic journey from Malmø to Stockholm I planned, but it did teach me the lesson of keeping the weight of your stuff to a minimum, and also that Swedish drivers are the most considerate people I’ve ever come across :-D . Also in retrospect it’s a pretty funny story. Don’t be so focused on “succeeding” prepare as good as you can for the moment, and then take the plunge. The only way to loose is to let the fear rule and end up staying home. If you like a bit of reading material: Vagabonding by Rolf potts and i stumbled across this blog a few years ago: https://kommoss.wordpress.com/ Happy trails ;-)
this i great stuff, thank you guys. I plan to do this with my girl & with my protective nature of her & making sure she gets the necessary ingredients in life to be healthy i just want to be prepared. There’s a saying that goes, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. So i’m just getting some insight from anyone who can give it.
That sounds like a dream! :) Good luck on your journey and keep us updated! When do you plan on heading out?
I myself have been trying to figure out a way to do so. So far all I wish is to have a partner to go with as I feel I would be too afraid to just leave my family and live by myself. I have been stumbling upon many blogs of people that get to live such a lifestyle and its is great and super helpful to have an “online business” =ANYTHING that will give you extra income. If any of you are artistic in some way you can always sale your art on Etsy or Ebay :)
Best of luck!