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  • Writer's pictureLaurén Ettinger

Slowing Down Vanlife: Insights to Living in a Van Without Travel

What’s in Today’s Episode:

In today’s episode, Laurén chats with her friend Bridget about why she decided to live in a camper van but not travel full time. They discuss stationary vanlife, remote work, making friends, dating, forming routines, and how to start paying off debt.

“That was just a really great way for me to get started in vanlife, while not having to change literally everything about my life in one fell swoop. I can keep my same job that I’m comfortable in and good at, with people I know, and I can get used to working and living on the road in this completely different way.”

What Laurén and Bridget chat about:

  • How Bridget discovered vanlife and remote work

  • How she makes money to sustain life on the road

  • Transitioning your job into a remote position

  • Her advice as an HR professional

  • Living in van but not traveling

  • How she lives in a van in one place

  • How she makes friends and meets people on the road

  • Dating in a van

  • Vanlife safety and the dreaded “knock”

  • Forming a routine on the road

  • Taking steps towards debt freedom

“When I was building the van, my overarching purpose was to travel slowly and eventually find a place that I loved enough, that fit my needs enough, that I wanted to settle there.”

“That’s not something I would normally do, like I said I’m an introvert, that’s not something I would do- strike up conversations with strangers. But there is something about striking out on the road, on your own, that helps you be more open to starting conversations like that.”

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