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Before I read this, I had no idea there was such a thing as a van life style. I had pictured, probably from some movie, a guy living in a van, one step above homelessness, down by the river. I guess he wasn't doing it right. This book is interesting because it takes one through the options and things to think about for a van lifestyle or even for something slightly bigger such as a modified school bus aka skoolies. This is a good how-to without dictating to anyone plus there's a good list at the end of further resources and experiences on the internet. This book discusses mechanical problems, hygiene, budget, keeping things from rolling around loose in a moving vehicle, and other essential things to think about. I enjoyed reading this because I'm not going to do this. My rating is 4 stars for I enjoyed reading this and found out this is not what I want to do.
Whether by choice or necessity, hopping in a van and traveling the highways and byways of America is becoming an increasingly popular choice. This book attempts to give the details.
If you are traveling solo, a Volkswagen bus might be your vehicle of choice. If children and/or pets are included, something bigger will be needed. Do you want a vehicle that is "move-in ready," or, are you ready to do some re-habbing? Where do you go to find out how to rehab an old school bus? Whatever vehicle you choose, high mileage is acceptable, as long as a mechanic goes through it from front to back, and approves of it. Learn some basic auto maintenance on your vehicle. If possible, get a paper copy of the repair manual. Rest assured, your vehicle will break down, at the most inconvenient place and time.
Do you need creature comforts, like an actual mattress, stove and/or toilet, or, are you OK with "roughing it"? You will have only a certain amount of storage space in your vehicle, so make every inch count. Figure out some sort of power source, in order to charge up your cellphone and/or laptop. Set a financial budget, and stick to it like glue. Resist the temptation to eat in a restaurant every day. Do you have one of those "remote" jobs that can be done on a laptop from anywhere? If so, that can be a good way to make some money while you are on the road. When your vehicle is all ready, and everything is packed, try a short -term trip, for a long weekend, or an entire week. Better to fix any glitches now, instead of later.
This is an excellent book that is very easy to understand. It belongs on whatever electronic device you are taking on your Grand Excursion. It is very much worth reading.
So, I'm not exactly the target audience here because I'm looking for a bit of a different type of nomadic lifestyle than van living, but this book actually delved into some of the other road options as well as vans. The information provided gives loads of food for thought on figuring out how to get started and if you even want to pursue this course. The only specific thing that I feel could have used a bit more than what this book provided was the laundry options. I haven't followed any of the resource links yet, but the end of the book had a few links for further information on specific aspects of van living.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review, but my opinions are my own.
Have you ever just considered packing it all in and traveling around in a van? If so, this is the book that you will want to have as you plan this particular dream. It is chock-full of practical information about making this a reality. The author even helps you figure out whether this would be a good life for you. The information after the introductory section is very down to earth and helps you consider all the ramifications of living that sort of a nomadic life. If this is an interest of yours, pick this book up.
I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
I have no interest in living in a van or camping, yet I was draw to this book! The author gives lots of advice to help a potential van lifer, as well as a complete list of resources at the end of the book. Much thought was given to daily life on the road such as what exactly to pack, where to pick up materials while on the road, and how to purchase and set up your van (camper) before you set off on your journey. I felt very satisfied after reading this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about taking adventures via a different way of life than most of us are used to. I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
This book takes you in depth into becoming a van lifer. I found it helpful because it discusses not only the upsides of changing your lifestyle into van living and traveling, but it also gives the reality of its downsides. It makes the reader really think about how drastically their life is going to change and if doing so is a wise decision. Will van dwelling give their life more direction and meaning?
From expected vehicle maintenance, to the potential of working remotely and responsible allocation of funds, to tips and tricks for making van living more comfortable no matter the season. This book touches on all of that, and more. I especially enjoyed the many excerpts from van dwellers discussing their own unique experiences.
I personally am an avid survivalist camper so I was unsure if I would learn new things from this book. However, many of the survival tips that are being utilized by van dwellers are simple hacks that can not only be used by the average person in a home, but out of the van as well.
This is a fantastic book! It is thorough and informative without overwhelming you with too much information all at once. The chapters dive into detail, exploring the ins and outs of the various options for van life. It also has these really nice personal touches with advice from people who are living in or have lived in a van, which gives the book an overall genuine and friendly tone. It was very charming and informative, definitely a must read for anyone preparing for life on the road!
I have read extensively on the subject of van life and this book is a great, down to earth, introduction to the topic. Its advice on budgeting was my favorite part. I would recommend it to anyone considering the lifestyle.