Caught Jacques in his element here. Many hours driving 🚐 and dreaming 🔭 of adventures while soaking in the passing landscapes. "Don't stop imagining, the day that you do is the day that you die." Jacques 🤔 enjoys researching new routes, 🏞️ epic park up spots, what we need in our van🚐, fixing niggles🔦, making sure we're sorted pretty much. 🤗Just wanted to say a huge thank you @supertramp2828 , wouldn't want to share a 4x2m space with anyone else. 😋
EN ↟ « So what’s your travel itinerary? » We leave in 10 weeks, yet we still don’t have a clear plan besides not standing too far from the ocean and heading to @le_vanlifest. We simply want to enjoy our freedom and explore Europe without planning too much: no bucket of countries list to achieve, only memories to create.
FR ↟ « Quel est votre itinéraire de voyage ? » en voilà une question à laquelle nous avons bien du mal à répondre... Nous partons fin mars, mais nous n’avons pas encore d’itinéraire précis si ce n’est qu’on ne sera jamais trop loin de l'océan et qu’on se dirige vers @le_vanlifest à Capbreton. Nous voulons simplement profiter de notre liberté et explorer l'Europe sans trop planifier: pas de bucket-list de pays à cocher, seulement de jolis souvenirs à créer.
Find yourself someone who looks at you the way the moon looks at this beautiful t2🌝😍
9119 January, 2020
One thing I spent ages researching before we left for van life three years ago was how much does it cost? It's perhaps the most important question and of course there's no one answer, just like in real life - some people are living in tiny built out panel vans they converted themselves for peanuts and dumpster diving for food, and some are living in huge bus-sized rigs more expensive than your average house.
But I'm eternally grateful to those who share the realities of van life on IG and elsewhere so, in that spirit, here's our reality!
Our weekly budget is currently £150 a week - that's about 180 euros or 200 dollars. Our first 15 months we were on 280 euros a week but we soon realised we could live on a lot less, especially in Spain, France and Portugal. So we spend about £600 a month, not bad for the life we lead. We keep a daily diary of our spending broken down into categories and that tends to keep us on track.
That covers almost everything - diesel, food, eating out, clothes and toiletries, campsites and aires, launderettes, phone bills and internet data, gas (to cook, heat the van and shower, run the fridge) and other transport into cities. It doesn't cover our yearly MOT, insurance and service for the van which can be between £800-1500 that we put money aside for in advance.
The way we live minimally - mostly eating in, wild camping, cutting our own hair, buying very few new things and repairing clothes, doing all the free activities in cities, finding extremely cheap ways to eat out, mostly hiking & doing other free hobbies - aren't really a sacrifice when you consider all the benefits of our lifestyle. And the great thing is that it works hand in hand with going vegan and living more sustainably! Meat is expensive and eating a lot of whole foods and vegetables is a lot cheaper, especially if you batch cook. Andy makes a ton of his own granola every few months for example which is so cheap and easy.
I'd love to know what other people do on the road to live minimally/reduce their costs. Always looking for new ideas!
[DE ⬇️] Today in a Month we will be going to Munich and take a plane. 🌴🥥 A week ago we came back to Austria and moved out of our bus. We spend a month here in Upper Austria getting healthy and fit, recovering and preparjng for Sri Lanka and a bit for the time after (when we will be back in the Van!) Kathis already been in Sri Lanka for 3 weeks in 2015, Andi never was. Have you been? Do you have any tips for us? ✨ would love to hear your experience! 💦 Heute in einem Monat steigen wir in den Flieger. 🥥🌴
Vor gut einer Woche kamen wir in Österreich an und zogen aus unserem Bus aus. Jetzt heisst es gesund und fit werden, Sachen organisieren und alles für Sri Lanka und evtl danach bereits vorbereiten.
Kathi war bereits einmal dort für 3 Wochen, Andi noch gar nie. Wir sind mega gespannt wie es uns gefällt. Warst du schon Mal? Wir freuen uns über jeden Tipp! 📸@weiss_photo_vid⠀
Took a little surf reset with #ramblynrosie • Enjoying the last bit of time with this beauty before she sells to the perfect buyer who will love her as much as I have 🤘
. #vwbusforsale 1972 VW Bus - link in bio for all the deets 🌊🚌
The 2020 RTR kicked off today, so I made my return to check it out. This was a seminar on buying land. Very cool. Met some nice folks and so did my pup 😃 Might attend once or twice more before its over.
"Shit really hit the van..." So it was supposed to be the last day of the van conversion yesterday, but like every good story it had a twist.
The day started like any other when you have painting in mind. We spent about 5 hours masking and prepearing (plus 3 hours the night before). And by 2 pm we were ready to paint the top of our van brown. But as soon as we started, problems started to rise - the paint cans ver faulty. Each and every one of them. So I ran back to the store to get some more paint, but the color was gone... And so we had to pick another color. Feeling adventurous, we chose green. BUT green as a lighter color did not have as much coverage as we had hoped - > it was time to go back to the store. And guess what, there's somebody else in town who realllly wants to paint something green - all the green cans were gone. To be exact the whole town was out of that paint.. So here we are now driving a half painted van that we will probably have to name Bob or Bobita.
But hey, we'll get to paint it again next weekend and it's a groovy looking van that comes together with a hec of a great story to tell 😜
We are still dreaming about this spot😍 We tried to do the cool feet out the window deal overlooking some beautiful scenery. The photo is not justice lol. Needless to say, you gotta go see those mountains in person!!
Spontan mit unserem Camper für 2 Stunden, 2 Tage oder Wochen losfahren, geht bald nicht mehr 🤰🏻 alles wird etwas mehr Planungs- und Vorbereitungszeit benötigen. Ist aber nicht schlimm, wir freuen uns auf diesen neuen Abschnitt.
Wer von euch hat bereits eine längere Reise mit Baby im Camper gemacht oder sogar die Elternzeit mit Baby im Camper verbracht❓
Habt ihr Tipps❓
I am working hard to save for a Tinyhome this decade & I envision living in a tinyhome & painting & eventually want a dog 🐶 & travel often & maybe a partner but if I don’t have one, that’s okay lol & I want to retire somewhat early , no kids 😊💕🌈🐻
Super excited for this month’s @vwbusmag issue! Klaus makes his magazine debut 😁🚐👍🏻😍
81517 January, 2020
📍ᴄᴍᴛ - ᴅɪᴇ ᴜʀʟᴀᴜʙsᴍᴇssᴇ sᴛᴜᴛᴛɢᴀʀᴛ⠀
✬ „𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙜𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙩 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣.” — 𝘼𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩-𝙀𝙭𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙮 ✬⠀
▪️Werbung wegen Nutzung von Zitat / Namensnennungen sowie Orts-, Profil- u. ggf. Markenverlinkung - ohne Auftrag, eigene Meinung▪️⠀
Heute mal ein Foto von innen auf einen „Sonnenuntergang“. Wir kochen gerade den ersten Kaffee ☕️ im Van 🚐 ⠀
Momentan haben wir nicht so viel „Material“, weil die Technik gerade streikt. Alles lässt sich gerade nur über das iPhone 📱 bearbeiten, schneiden usw. und das ist auf Dauer echt super anstrengend. Vor allem bei Videos. Daher dauert die Roomtour noch ein wenig und bald kommen wohl auch erst wieder alte Bilder. Sniff. 😢😡⠀
Wann seid ihr mit der Technik das letzte Mal auf Kriegsfuß gestanden?⠀
There are a couple🤔 of ways to reach the top of the rock🏞️ of Gibraltar. We decided to take the Mediterranean 💚 steps to the top and walked back down the Charles V steps back to where we'd parked at the foot of the cable car. 🚐
This is a great loop 🤩 round and the Mediterranean 💚 steps up are breathtaking. Quite a steep 🏞️ climb but worth every step. You pay a 5 pound fee to enter this way into the reserve. 🏞️ Weird truths about Gibraltar...
👉🏽- John and Yoko Ono tied the knot here.
👉🏽- It's main road bisects it's main airport runway and it closes when a plane come in.
👉🏽- It's only 2.6 square miles and has a pop of 35,000 making it the 5th most dense country in the world.
👉🏽- 300 macaque monkeys inhabit the rock, brought over by the Moors from North Africa. In WW2 there were only 7 left but Winston Churchill had more breeding pairs brought in.