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Woman Living in a Van for 3 Years to Save Money & Travel the World

L.J. has been living in her vintage 1977 GMC Vandura camper van conversion for 3 years while working a 9-5 job in HR. She bought the van for just $500 and enjoys the van life because it allows her to save money and live on a budget, but mostly she loves the freedom of parking wherever she wants, and of being able to travel on weekends.

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She’s recently quit her job and is planning to travel for a year in the van, and overseas to the Philippines and Indonesia.We love how simple L.J.’s van is — no power, no heat, just the basics like a bed, a swivel seat, a cooler, and some books.

She makes the lifestyle look easy although she does splurge during a couple of the coldest winter months to sublet an apartment.Many women tell me I’m doing something they’ve always wanted to do. This is always followed by, “if only.”


I dare every person to remove the “if only” from her dreams, go through with it and make them realities.“Be honest with yourself and dig deep about why you really want to live on the road. If you are looking to escape something, remember that your brain is still hitching a ride with you.”