nomadic life guide

12 Reasons to live in a Campervan

There are many different reasons why we chose to leave our ‘normal’ life behind and live in a campervan. Here are our reasons why we love living in a campervan and would encourage you to give it a go too.

Cost of living

With cost of living constantly on the increase and wages just not meeting the demand, less and less people are able to afford a house. Living in a campervan can dramatically reduce this expenditure, giving you more money and time to enjoy your life. The initial cost of the van is the main expense, but if you compare it to a house then this expense is tiny. Not forgetting you wont have the monthly mortgage/rent and council tax expenses and there’s no big gas, electric and water bills coming in unexpectedly. The only outgoings are the occasional campsite, gas bottle charges and the normal vehicle expenses.

Freedom

This one is obvious, if it isn’t, why the hell not? We love being able to look at the map and think, ‘that looks like a good place’ and just go. You see so much more this way, if we decide we like a place we can stay a week or even two, if we don’t we just move on. Some mornings we wake up and think ‘where are we?’ which I love. We’re not living on a schedule, we don’t get told by other people what we have to do, everyday becomes a new adventure.

My million pound view and back garden

The real beauty of living in a campervan is the ever changing view and surroundings. We have had better back gardens and more breathtaking bedroom window views than a lot of people will even see in there lifetime. We have been surrounded by 15 wild horses in Dartmoor, sat loch side playing scrabble, looking down the beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and sat chilling out around a fire with some beers on the banks of Loch Awe. How many people can say they have had a Neolithic henge in there back garden?

Sat loch side playing scrabble

Meeting new people

Being able to travel allows you to meet new people and increases the chance of meeting like minded people. We have met more interesting people over the past 18 months than ever before. Living this way also gives you an easy conversation starter, how many people do you talk to that live in there campervan? It leads to interesting conversations. Hopefully we have also managed to inspire some people to give their dreams a go, everything is possible.

Appreciate to little things

Living in a campervan makes you appreciate the little things in life, a hot shower is heaven when you only get one once a week or so. I never expected to miss a washing machine, but its happened. We do get by with campsite laundrettes it just requires a bit more planning and preparation. We were never big TV watchers before this trip, in fact we didn’t even have one, but since living this lifestyle it has become a luxury and we now love chilling out watching TV on the rare occasions we can get a signal.

Less is more

You don’t realise how little you need to really be happy. We have never considered ourselves materialistic but when we emptied our house we couldn’t believe how much crap we had filled our lives with. Even the things we thought we would need again and put into storage, we now realise its just junk! We live in a 6 meter x 2 meter van and we have everything we require, how can people think they need a 4 bedroom house with 2 reception rooms, garage and garden shed to be happy and keep all the stuff that they really, really do need in!?! An incredible thing happens when you lose all that extra stuff, you start to focus less on things and more on experiences, which leads to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Dartmoor Ponys - nomadic life guide

Cleaning

Cleaning does need to be kept on top of as it can become messy very quickly living in such a small area, for example leaving a couple of dirty dishes out at home might not be a problem but in our van it results in covering 30% of the kitchen worktop. But on the positive side, when you do need to clean house it can be done within 5minutes, 10 if your being fussy.

Spend more time outdoors

We have always tried to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors but use to find we had done everything possible within a days drive and end up sat on the sofa board or go to town for the 20th time that month. Now when we run out of things to do, we just move on to the next location and climb a mountain, go for a bike ride, get the kayak out, go for a swim, visit a museum, have a campfire or whatever else this fascinating world has to offer.

Spend more time together

Many people spend there lives never seeing there partner, often working different shifts because of childcare or just because that’s what they are made to in their job. Living like this way means we spend more time together and get to do more stuff together, making our relationship stronger.

Follow the weather

As our house is on wheels we get to chase or run from the weather, if it gets too hot (extremely unlikely in the UK), too cold, too wet (extremely likely) and somewhere else is getting the better deal, then we can pack up and drive to the good weather.

Don’t like your neighbours, move

It’s a fact of life that your never going to get on with everyone, living in a campervan allows you to just move. Don’t like your neighbours, no hassle, no stress, no worry, just move.

Sunsets and wildlife

We have been fortunate enough to see some incredible sunsets and stunningly beautiful wildlife since doing this trip. We have added deer, white tailed eagles, porpoise, seals, adders and a wild cat to our list to name but a few.

Wild Deer - nomadic life guide

2 thoughts on “12 Reasons to live in a Campervan

  1. Olga Lilian Caddock

    In the 1960’s, my Dad bought a Commer Campervan because he thought it would solve all our holiday problems, as well as his daily transport needs to/from work. ‘We’ were a family of 4 – 2 adults, one large teenage girl (me), a smaller teenage girl, an 11yr old girl and a 5yr old boy; PLUS we sometimes took our grandfather and the occasional cousin away with us. Ooop forgot about the Golden Labrador dog and 2 hamsters in cages.

    It had three seats across the front and 2 two-seat ‘benches’ that could both face forward, or each other with a table between them. Those converted into a double-bed; the roof ‘pushed-up’ and had a ‘stretcher-style bunk’ that could be put above the bunk bed; the front 3 seats were used as a single bed (for me) and there was another ‘bunk bed’ that stretched from the rear of the front seats across to the windscreen. There was a ‘tiny round sink’ with a pump-handle tap and a two-burner cooker with a teeny grill, plus one calor-gas powered light that gave off some heat.

    Dad also bought a ‘toilet tent’ which was also used for washing privacy.

    When it came to sleeping arrangements, my problems were that if I lay on my back, I had to have my knees bent and they got in the way of the 2 younger children sleeping above me; if I lay with my head at the drivers side, I hit my head on the steering wheel; If I lay with my back towards the rear of the seats, my knees kept hitting the steering wheel; if I lay facing the rear of the seats, my backside was hanging off the seats; if I lay on my stomach, I had to bend my knees by the drivers door!

    After that first experimental weekend away (just outside Bowness on Windermere), we tried again on a trip to Blackpool with me in the ‘top bunk bed’ – Mum and Dad lay all night, staring at ‘the lump in the fabric above them’, and praying that I didn’t attempt to ‘turn over’ during the night.

    Dad then decided that we needed to get a Frame Tent (Living room, 2 bedrooms and an enclosed porch) plus box-trailer – which doubled as a ‘dog-kennel’ at night (y)!

    Once our holidays really got underway, Grandad, Dad, brother and male cousin all slept in the Tent with Mum, myself and 2 younger sisters sleeping in the CamperVan. The Hamsters were quickly evicted to the tent at night after keeping us girls awake at night – then subsequently evicted from there and placed underneath the CamperVan!

    Once we’d ‘organised ourselves’ we happily toured Wales and Scotland at holiday time like that for around 5yrs. Fabulous memories – without luxuries ……………………. what would we teenagers have done without Radio Luxembourg at night, a pack of cards, a game of Monopoly and endless games of ‘I Spy’ (D M O T W F I C …………. dead midges on the window floating in condensation)!