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You weren't born JUST to work, pay bills and die

Whenever people are asked at the end of their life about what they wish they’d done more of or spent more time doing, never is it that they wished they’d squeezed in an extra few hours working, and never is it that they wish they’d saved up more money.

 

It is ALWAYS that they wished they’d seen a part of the world they never got to visit, that they’d spent more time with the people they love, that they’d gone after something they had always wanted to do or try, that they’d told someone how they really felt, and that they’d simply had more fun, laughed more, and worried a lot less.

If you can relate to this, and have thought about re-thinking you're life, join the Club -- you're not alone. 

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Somewhere along the way the American Dream became defined by owning more stuff than your neighbor. Do we need a bigger house and a better car to find happiness? Does it come about when we sacrifice our dreams for the pursuit of stuff?

Why do people live in vans?

 

For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.  Average U.S. mortgage: $2800 per month. Average rent: $1700.

So what is the alternative? One solution might be to live smaller. While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied in order to escape the cycle of debt in which almost 70% of Americans are trapped.

 

After asking respondents to rank the reasons why they would consider to live in a van or motorhome, ranked from top to bottom are:

  • Freedom

  • Low cost of living

  • Adventure

  • Connection to nature

  • Minimalism

  • Avoiding undesirable weather

  • Starting a new life, pursuing work in different places

  • Working remote be on their own

  • To join a partner or

  • To leave a partner

 

Above all else, vehicle dwellers sought to be free. Whether they were a retiree in a $100,000 Mercedes van, or young Canadians working from a $5,000 van, respondents wanted to be able to move their home to wherever was best for them.

The following three reasons — adventure, connection to nature and minimalism — suggest that people who live in vehicles value an adventurous, outdoor lifestyle. Van living allows them to act on this desire and be in nature whenever they want.

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