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.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
My favorite family Christmas tradition has always been driving up into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree. We grew to perfect the process, carefully judging potential trees for our own living room and for the growing number of family members who began to ask for real trees, too. Grandma likes her tree not too full, but Nana likes it when the branches droop, like trees on vintage postcards. Each year, we would cut a little bit off of the trunk and add it to our quirky collection.
Though you probably do not know her name, Whitney Thomas is a true outdoorswoman.
When I set out to interview her about women in the outdoors, I had no idea how strikingly real and powerful her insights would be. Instead of lingering on the lack of quality, technical women’s gear (and how so much of it is pink) or on the gender gap in guiding, Whitney took time to talk over why she loves the outdoors, and what all it has offered her.
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