I am not a hippy. I’m not a crusty. I’m not a gypsy. I work for a living. I pay my taxes and I am a responsible citizen. I believe in recycling. I do not litter. But I want a simple life and so with my husband I’m moving into a van. Maybe we will hate it. Or maybe this is the beginning of a new life.

In search of another life

"They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn..."

Jack Kerouac

Thursday, 17 June 2010


It is lovely hearing how other people dream to do what we are doing. It just goes to show that we are not that strange after all. I think many people yearn for a simpler way of life but I have to say van life is not simple. We are considering getting a static caravan next year. Then we would not have the hassle of wondering where to move to, thinking about emptying the chemical toilet and speculating on whether people are offended by our van.

I am almost certain that I will never do this again, love it though I do. Of course, it would be different if we were to stay on sites all the time. Our current mission then is to find a local site or two that offer affordable accommodation. Most of them seem to allow stays of up to three weeks, so if we could move from one to the other we would not be breaking any laws or offending people…the search continues.

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