I’ve been living full-time in my campervan since December 2017 and I absolutely love it!! Below you can find stories about life in the van, my travels, things I’ve learnt along the way and more.
My van is a 1999 Ford Transit high top van. It’s a factory build campervan but I managed to put my personal touches on it here and there.
I've been back in the van for a week now, and after a bumpy start, I'm starting to get back into the rhythm of it. I’ve decided to head north instead of doing the big South Island trip I had planned. Read more to find out why.
I'm a week away from being back in the Van, and it's not a day too soon. The last five months in Auckland have been challenging. But they have also taught me a few valuable lessons.
This is the post I’ve been looking forward to writing for months! YES, I finally found and bought a new van.
I've been getting a few questions lately about housesitting, so I thought I'd write a blog post to demystify the concept and answer some of the questions I’ve been getting.
Now it’s official, I’m going to say goodbye the Josie :-(
I’m sad to see her go!! She's been such an awesome first van, and I have so many amazing memories with her. But I'm also excited for what is next.
My usually pretty mellow life has turned into a rollercoaster ride this last few weeks with me receiving some of the best and worst news in a long time. But the good far outweighs the bad and as so often, its the challenging times that help you learn and grow…
Here are the six most significant lessons I’ve learnt since leaving the rat-race and ‘normal’ live to live in a campervan 18 months ago.
Life throw me a curveball this week. After I finally decided what I want to focus on this year, I now had to change plans again.
This is the ‘follow up’ to the blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about considering to go back to doing normal - at least for a while. I’ve decided not to. And here is why.
Someone recently asked me what my number one vanlife hack is. After thinking about it for a while, I came up with lots of little tips and tricks that I figured out over the last 14 months living in my van, so I thought I’d do a blog post about it.
One question I get asked a lot from people who hear that I live and travel in my campervan is how I make the financial side of things work. So I thought I’d write a blog post about how I became a digital nomad and how I’m making remote working work for me.
Since I’ve started to live and travel full-time in my campervan, my life has changed completely. I meet different people, I visit new places, and I have a lot more time and freedom. All of this has taught me something about regret.
For the second story in my ‘Different People’ series, I met with Julia who lives in her motorhome and works as a carer for sick and elderly people around New Zealand. Her’s is a story that proves it’s never to late to make big changes in your life, to reinvent yourself and to live YOUR life.
I realised this morning that it has already been a year since I bought Josie the van! In celebration of our 1st Anniversary, I thought about some of the highlights of the last 12 months…
The guys as Stuff.co.nz did a little video interview with me about my life in a Campervan and why I choose to live this way. Check it out.
Ever since I started living in my campervan, countless people have asked me how much does it cost to live on the road in New Zealand. So I decided to set up an online survey and find out what the average person living this way spends. Here is what I learnt.
It’s been a while since the last blog post and since I haven’t been overly active on social media lately either, I thought it’s time for a general update. The most important things first: Josie and I are on tour again :)
It’s been five months now since I said goodbye to the career-focused 8-5 city life and moved into my van – And what an amazing five months it has been.
I’m about to take a little break for a few weeks so time for some reflections.
I bought Josie, my campervan, 9 months ago and have been living in her for that last 4 months. Lots of people have asked my what I looked for when I bought my van and how I knew this one is the right one for me. So I thought it’s time write a blog post about it.
After 11 years in New Zealand I FINALLY made it to the East Cape - And I totally fell in love with it.
A fairly unspoiled and unexplored area of New Zealand, the East Cape's rawness, realness and beauty made me feel like I was Alice in Wonderland exploring a magical place.
Have you ever really listened to your mood? Have you ever really paid attention to what makes you feel happy, excited and energised and what makes you feel sad, lethargic and lonely?
I don’t think I ever really did. Until I started the vanlife and all the sudden there is no escaping it.
Yesterday I said goodbye to the beautiful Far North and started making my way south.
Here is a look back at what has been an amazing four week.
Have you met many interesting people yet? That’s a question I hear a lot. I guess it makes sense for people to assume that, while traveling around New Zealand on my own, I would meet some cool people.
But I haven’t really, yet. And, truth is, it’s probably not because there are no cool people to meet, but because I choose not to engage with them.
It’s been four weeks now since I gave up ‘normal’ life in Auckland to live life differently. It has been an amazing experience so far and I’ve already learnt so much. I’ve been trying to put into words what I love most about it and why it feels so right. Here is what I’ve come up with.
3 weeks ago today, I packed up the last of my stuff, moved out of the temporary home I had stayed at for the last 4 weeks and into the van to start the big adventure.
To sum up the last three weeks in one word: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Last week I finally got racks for my long board and my paddle board installed on the side of my van. Here are some photos of the making of and the awesome result.
The first proper weekend trip with Josie the Van since driving her up from Christchurch last months and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.
One of the many things that are exciting about owning a camper van is that I get a chance to be creative and do little DIY projects to make Josie even better and give her a bit more personality.
The first thing I did is improve the bed / seating area.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might already know that I’ve just bought a super cool campervan. I’m so excited about this!!