If you're a fan of SNL you probably remember Chris Farley's hilarious skit as Matt Foley the motivational speaker, where he tries to scare kids straight by telling them they will end up living in a van down by the river. Although we love this skit, Matt Foley was totally wrong, living in a van is actually awesome and we have 11 reasons to prove it!
Home prices are skyrocketing and people pay a premium for a good view. When you live in a van you get premium views without the premium price. Plus your view can change as often as you'd like. Feeling in the mood for a mountain sunrise, just head up to the mountains, in a few days when you feel like watching a sunset over the ocean just head to the coast.
The fact that living in a van will drastically reduce your expenses is prety obvious, but saving on rent and utilities is only part of the savings. The reduced space of a van tends to limit unnecessary spending. When everything you own needs to fit in your van, you purchase less of everything.
When you live in a van the backcountry is your backyard. When you feel like hiking you can park at a trailhead or visit a national park. If you feel like snowboarding you can park at a resort. Wherever you are, Van life offers the freedom to enjoy the outdoor activities you love without the commute.
Living in a van means you will never have a long commute. You can take a job anywhere and simply park near work during the week and then park in the mountains on weekends. The reduced cost of van life also means you can consider a more flexible, part-time work schedule, or work on the road.
Living in a van encourages minimalism and organization. Making the move to van living will quickly simplify your life and belongings down to the essentials. You'll keep items with multiple uses, value quality over quantity and get rid of junk you never used and don't need.
Unless you are constantly driving back and forth across the country (let's face it, vans don't get great gas mileage), living in your van will reduce your ecological footprint. You'll use less energy, less water, and buy fewer things you don't need. You can also outfit your van with a solar system for running lighting and charging electronics off the grid.
When everything you own is in your van you're always ready for adventure. Gone are the days of getting to the trailhead and finding you're missing one hiking sock, because every pair of socks you own is in the van you drove to the trail.
When your van is parked around the corner you never have to worry about having one too many drinks at the bar. When the bar closes for the night you can safely walk home. Just be sure to keep the van safely parked until morning, when you drive to Denny's for a hangover Grand Slam.
When you live in a van you become part of a van family. Wherever you park your van you will always find like-minded dirtbags who have chosen van life in order to follow their passions. Whether you are a climber, hiker, or artist you'll have an instant connection with other van dwellers.
Aside from the occasional trip to the car wash, oil changes, and scheduled maintenance a van requires minimal upkeep compared to a home or apartment, leaving you with more time to do the things you love.
Choosing to live in a van combines the comfort of home with the freedom of the open road. It's a setup that's hard to beat once you've experienced it. Van dwellers have the chance to see more of the world, have more adventures, and enjoy the important things in life and we can't think of a better reason to choose van life.
CloudLine ambassadors Justin and Patrice Lavigne live a life less ordinary. They are constantly doing what they love and that involves adventures like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011, living in their van for months at a time, spending the summer guiding kids on outdoor adventures at summer camps, writing for Backpacker's Magazine, and in 2015 they thru-hiked New Zealand's long trail, Te Araroa.
Beginning May 1st, 2017 the Lavigne's will be hitting the road in their camper van to speak about their thru-hike of Te Araroa at 31 events across the country.