Van’s life is less poetic than it seems

Van's life is less poetic than it seems

I lived in a truck for four wonderful but difficult years before deciding I wanted a house without emergency brakes.

When I converted my 2006 Dodge Sprinter in 2016, being on the road full time wasn’t a mainstream lifestyle. After all, most people don’t have work that you can do remotely.

I wanted to travel and rock climb as much as possible, so I traveled all over the US and Canada, from California to Utah, to British Columbia, to Yosemite National Park and back. I also met great people.

But it wasn’t all poetic. By the time I moved into a Moab, Utah home in 2020, I had been driven out of several overnight parking spaces and had so much car problems that I lost count.

These are the main reasons for giving up my life in a truck.

I moved from my childhood home to a pickup truck in 2016.
Kaia Lindsey

To keep the truck running and all around it, I was busy every day with all kinds of tasks. I had much less free time than I do now because I live in a house.

My home in Moab has running water, wifi, a shower, a safe place to sleep, and a washing machine.

In my truck, these things weren’t foolproof, at least not on a daily basis. I spent time and resources finding and securing them in every town and camp I came to.

Maintenance of my bus took a large part of the day

Maintenance of my bus took a large part of the day
Kaia Lindsey

It often happened that after a day of climbing I found out that the local pool or gym where I usually showered was closed that day. Sweaty and exhausted, I couldn’t shower properly until the next morning.

These kinds of minor annoyances built up after four years and became too tiring to continue.

I was mostly lonely, and this lifestyle was hard on building long-term friendships.

from life It made me feel free and unfettered, but I was also very lonely most of the time.

When I visit a new place, I often see it through the eyes of a tourist. But at the same time, I isolated myself because I traveled alone and did many activities on my own.

Whenever I get the chance to socialize, I enjoy meeting fascinated people along the way. But I felt like I was always reimagining and building new friendships out of nowhere.

After days or weeks of new meetings with proposal rounds, I said goodbye and headed off to a new city where it all started all over again. This session was stressful.

I needed a consistent community around me and couldn’t build it out of my bus.

I am grateful for the time I spent on the road. But after four years I realized it was time for a change.

You are done searching for a safe place to sleep and looking for a reliable wifi connection. I was willing to be part of a community that would stand by me even when the weather was bad or the camps were closed.

More than ever I wanted to make friends who had time to get to know me.

Now that I no longer live in my truck, I still take short trips with it.

Now that I no longer live in my truck, I still take short trips with it.
Kaia Lindsey

I have not completely turned my back on this lifestyle. I still spend long periods on the bus.

Every summer I leave Moab’s heat in search of cooler, tempting temperatures. But I will travel knowing that my home and community will be waiting for me when I return.

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