Thinking of That Van Life? Things You Should Know

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With more people working remotely than ever in a changing economy and culture, more people are opting for a life on the road. Whether you’re a digital nomad intent on working remotely from your van or a retired person ready to take a great adventure, if you’re considering the van life, you’re far from alone. Before ordering those solar panels and charging stations and scouting out free campsite apps, there are a few things you can do to make your transition to van life easier. For a few things you should know before joining the nomad world, read on.

Proper coverage matters more than ever.

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For as exciting as the freedom of the open road can be, it’s important to have peace of mind when you live and travel in your home. While it’s important for any driver to have coverage options and auto insurance, car insurance is even more essential to the typical van life nomad. For example, a digital nomad traveling from Perth to Sydney might be working as a photographer and using their vehicle as an office. Someone like this would want coverage they could trust through a place like iSelect.com.au in the event of an accident or total loss. That is, your insurance policy and insurance company will mean the difference between driving down the road or backwoods with no worries and anxiety about things like property damage and collision coverage.

Even if you’re a good driver, it’s important to think about the value of your van home. Your van won’t be just a commuter vehicle. Other than what you might have in storage or a friend’s home, your van will house every possession you own. For this reason, great auto insurance coverage is a must.

There is a community out there for you.

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If you’re considering van life, it’s likely you’ve done some research on how to live in a vehicle. What you might not know, though, is that there are large groups of people willing to help you get used to life on the road. Traveling in caravans and engaging in regular shared camping meet-ups, the nomad community is waiting with open arms to help out. Consider a search on social media for other van life travelers. The hashtag #VanLife will point you in the direction of like-minded people already on the road. You might be surprised who you run into on the road.

Ten things you’ll also want to know about this fantastic community include:

  • Nomads come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.
  • Van lifers are able to work from the road.
  • Some van lifers bring children and pets on the road.
  • Some nomads live in cities.
  • Free campsites exist all over the world and are popular with van lifers.
  • Van life is more popular than ever.
  • Van life comes in all forms including those who live in buses and converted camper cars.
  • It’s possible to shower in a van.
  • Van lifers are no longer waiting for retirement to live in RVs and other vehicles.
  • Many van lifers meet up at large mobile living conventions.

Understand rules and regulations before you go.

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While travel in the middle of a global pandemic isn’t impossible, there are some very specific challenges the van life community is running into. Things like closed gyms and public showers mean nomads are scrambling to find other options. Before you go, it’s a good idea to learn the restrictions and regulations around COVID-19 so you can plan best for your travels.

Be willing to be flexible.

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Whenever we decide to take the road less traveled, it helps to stay flexible. One guarantee about life on the road is that it’ll come with surprises. One of the most important things you can bring with you is an open mind and patience about the unexpected moments that might come along. Putting yourself in the mindset of looking at obstacles as challenges is a great way to go.

Before you complete your build-out, pack those storage cubes, and throw the solar panels on your roof, take the time to connect with others in the van life community. Having friends in the nomad world will help you to feel less alone as you get used to an entirely new lifestyle. Your ability to stay flexible, do your research ahead, connect to the bigger community even while off-grid, and have the proper coverages will give you a great chance of enjoying your new life in a van. Happy travels to you. See you down the road.

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