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Some may think it’s a trend, this #vanlife thing, but I’d beg to differ. My parents travelled around the country in a van in the 70’s and hippies alike have been living the van life dream since 4 wheels could roll. The only thing that’s changed is that people are sharing about it – and inspiring more people to fall in love with the concept of squeezing your belongings into a more┬ámobile way of living.

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We were lucky. Rob’s mom, the lovely Max, owns a stellar, completely functional camper van that we were able to use to gallivant across the state of Tasmania with.

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We would pull up and park, often in a place Rob knew from his junior years, and lounge around cuddling on the van couches/bed, prepping dinner and building a fire.

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Closing all the doors, popping the top and turning on the solar panel lights, we were continuously blown away – literally every need we had was met in that tiny little van home.

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There’s so much used excess space in the world. We build big homes with big rooms that we never sit in.

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At the start of the trip, I carefully unpacked all my clothing from my backpack onto the shelves of the van. Packing up at the end of our two weeks on and off the road I realized that I hadn’t touched nearly half of the clothes I had brought. I thought – Isn’t that all too true more than not in our busy, overflowing lives. We have more than we need.

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Waking up like this, with the simplicity of life’s beauty meeting the need to be mobile and have shelter – that’s┬ámy very own state of perfection.

That’s why I #vanlife.

-emventurer

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