Getting Started On #VanLife
Adventure Awaits! And All You Need Is A Van.
By Wy Yee Chan
You want to head out into the wilderness with more than just a backpack and a rolled-up sleeping bag. Maybe you want to experience nature, or wait out the apocalypse. Either way, you would want to do it with all with the comforts of your home, or at least most of them. If that’s what you want then basically, you need a camper van!
Conventionally, a caravan is what people would opt for when they want to live a semi-modern nomadic life on the road. However, times have changed and the #VanLife, which gained immense popularity, is more accessible for most people. We can now transform a van by customizing it into a home and literally live in it. This trend initially started in the Western countries but is also becoming very popular now in Malaysia. More and more people are opting for this #VanLife as it gives them the freedom to go wherever they want to go without worrying about the how, when and why.
One good example will be this couple, Alison and Ben, who started their journey by converting a used cargo van into a custom-built camper van with just USD 1,000. In fact, Alison and Ben didn’t just stumble upon this idea, they were propelled to start this life when they were caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and it made them realise that they should enjoy every moment as time is precious and nothing in life is guaranteed.
Alison and Ben have provided a guide and some tips for van conversion. Their van conversion is cost-effective and is suitable for first timers. The essential things that they have installed are; multi-functioning fixtures, a couch that quickly converts into a bed with easy access to storage underneath, a storage cabinet that transforms into a table, a home-built cooler that keeps ice for up to 7 days and a beautiful, liveable space that anyone can be proud to call their own.
Once all these are done, we are good to go and with that we can start living the carefree, joyous and adventurous #VanLife that we have always wanted without burning a hole in our pockets. If you are a wanderlust with a love for adventure and freedom, give it a go and get on the #VanLife with many others who have tried and are loving it.