What I’ve Learned Living on the Road for Over a Year

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Over a year and a half ago, Zach and I decided to embark on a wild and unconventional adventure: van life. With a spirit of wanderlust and a yearning for freedom, we bid farewell to our conventional lives and embraced the nomadic lifestyle. Little did we know that this journey would be an extraordinary rollercoaster of emotions, filled with both exhilarating highs and challenging lows. As a woman, living in a van with my partner has taught me invaluable lessons about life, love, and resilience.

The Freedom of the Open Road:

One of the most exhilarating aspects of van life has been the unparalleled freedom to travel and explore new places. No longer confined by the walls of a stationary home, we wake up each day with the excitement of endless possibilities. From rugged desert to majestic mountains, every sunrise brings with it a fresh canvas waiting to be painted with new memories.

Breaking the societal norms has been empowering, allowing me to embrace my adventurous side without restraint. Living in a van has brought out strength, courage, and a thirst for adventure.

Working on the Road:

While the open road has been a magical playground, the harsh reality of finances has always been on my mind. To sustain our nomadic lifestyle, we had to adapt to the challenges of working on the road. Finding reliable internet connections for remote work was a constant struggle, leading to occasional compromises in our desired travel destinations.

Balancing work and play became a delicate art. I found myself juggling the responsibilities of work and household chores, reinforcing the importance of effective communication and sharing the workload with my partner. Yet, amidst the struggles, I cherish the memories of working with stunning landscapes as my backdrop, reminding me of the uniqueness of our journey.

Lack of Routine and the Yearning for Stability:

Living in a van meant embracing a life devoid of routine and stability. This has tested my adaptability and resilience. The absence of familiar spaces and routines took some time to adjust to, leading to moments of feeling disoriented and longing for the comfort of a permanent home.

Yet, through these challenges, I learned to find beauty in spontaneity and unpredictability. Each day became an opportunity to experience life in its rawest form, liberating me from the confines of predictability and nudging me to embrace the present moment fully.

The Little Daily Struggles:

While social media often paints van life as a dreamy escape, the reality is that it comes with its fair share of daily struggles. Finding suitable places to park overnight, dealing with limited space, inconvenient repairs, and navigating basic amenities can be taxing. We have had to adapt to the lack of privacy and adjust to a minimalist lifestyle.

Moreover, there were moments when the transient nature of our existence made me yearn for deeper connections and a sense of community. However, these struggles made us resilient, fostering a stronger bond with my partner as we learned to lean on each other during challenging times.


Living in a van with my male partner has been a remarkable journey of self-discovery, love, and growth. The freedom to travel and explore new places has opened our hearts and minds to the world’s vast beauty. Simultaneously, the challenges of working on the road, the lack of routine, and the little daily struggles have taught us invaluable lessons about adaptability, resilience, and the strength of our partnership.

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