What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Van Life. Do you think this is the best lifestyle ever? Or do you think you should try it at least once in your life? Well, whatever you may think of a nomadic lifestyle, it is never an ideal lifestyle. This is the sad reality. And of course there is a reason behind it. First, it’s expensive. Very expensive actually. You might be wondering how the nomadic lifestyle is more expensive than the normal one.
In a normal lifestyle, you have easy – and sometimes free – access to the basic necessities of life. This includes access to the following essentials:
- You have a roof over your head.
- You are engaged with the local community, which is always ready to help you.
Looking at these basics, you might think that these are “small” things. Well, if you look at it from a nomadic perspective, you will see that they are not free. As a nomad you have to pay for all this. The worst case scenario? You can’t even find them. In the wilderness of the jungle, you will barely find electricity. To cook your food, you will need to chop trees. It is laborious and, most importantly, dangerous. You may end up losing your life.
Van Life is ‘glorified homelessness’
Natasha Scott is a 29-year-old nomadic lifestyle enthusiast based in Atlanta. She has spent years and years in the desert. Of course, she enjoyed every bit of the solitude that living in a van offered.
She spends the dawn on the beach and ends her day in a jungle. Out of nowhere she sees – and enjoys – the ecstasy of Mother Nature. Likewise, she is “free” to go wherever she pleases. What he wants to eat is ready in no time.
However, there is also a flip side. Things are not easy for her as a nomad. To begin with, she is not sure about her life. There’s no one to take care of her if things go downhill. She has to do everything herself. Everything.
After 10 years as a nomad, Natasha calls living in a van “glorified homelessness.” Fair enough! She ended up homeless after all these years of wandering aimlessly.
So, the next time you think about van life, look at the other side of the coin. Don’t let the sense of freedom fool you. Or you will end up homeless in the city.