Vagabonding is the practice of traveling to new places, as well as exploring new experiences, and meeting interesting people. Most people think that it’s only for a few enlightened souls that can retire on their savings. The truth is, you don’t need much to start camping out in your van. All you need are a couple of friends with similar interests, a bit of patience, and money for film and essential things like toilet paper and soap.
Vagabonding can be introduced to anyone at any time – even children – so it’s never too late to take the plunge! If you have no idea how to begin or how long it will take you to finish, that is okay too.
What is a Vagabonding Trip?
Vagabonding is traveling as much as possible and intentionally living in a van. You don’t have to own a van to vagabond. You can also choose to camp in a tent or get a cheap room with a friend or family member. There are a couple of key points to remember while vagabonding.
First, while traveling you should do things you enjoy and are good at. Second, while traveling, you should make money in some way. Third, while traveling, you should seek to learn new things. And finally, while traveling, you should spend time with your loved ones.
How to Start a Vagabonding Journey in Your Van
You can start vagabonding in your van by setting up your own van and traveling with your partner or friends. You can also set up a mobile home in your chosen region and move into it at the end of the season. This is a great way to start because it requires no initial investment and no real commitment.
You can get inspiration from other vagabonds online by reading online forums and Reddit communities where vagabonds share advice, stories, and experiences. You can also join van club communities online where you can meet other people who are also interested in traveling full-time in their vans.
Equipment You’ll Need for Vagabonding
- A van that is not your main residence – You need to be living in a van full-time to call yourself a vagabond. You also need to be using the van as your primary residence. It’s a mistake for many to just park their van in a parking lot and travel around in it. Your van is your home and you will make all the same repairs, buy all the same food, and have all the same dirty laundry that you do in your house. You will also have all the same expenses and costs.
- A toilet in the van – There is no point in traveling with a toilet in your van if you have no place to park it. Toilet paper and other essentials, like soap and a bucket, can be purchased cheaply while traveling.
- A small fridge – It is possible to travel with a small fridge, but it can be difficult. Many van dwellers choose to keep all of their food in a larger cooler in the back of their van. This is more practical as a way to keep your food fresh and safe.
- A camera – You might want to take pictures of all of your travels and van life. This is not only a great way to remember all of your adventures, but it can also come in handy if you ever need to prove that you own the van or your home.
- A laptop – It can be fun to keep in touch and stay connected with friends and family while traveling. A laptop and internet access can also be very valuable in emergencies.
- A large solar panel – This is useful for charging electronics and running appliances.
- A propane stove and pot – This is a great way to cook your food and keep it healthy.
- A battery and panels – For backups and to keep your electronics charged.
- A portable solar charger – This is useful for charging electronics while on the road.
- A bed – This is very important. Get a bed that you like. This will be your home away from home. Get a bed that is comfortable for both you and your partner. You will spend a lot of time in bed and you want to be as comfortable as possible.
- Books and other reading materials – You will get plenty of reading done and it will help you relax and unwind after a long day of traveling.
- A curtain – This can come in handy for privacy and keeping out the elements.
- A fan – This is useful for keeping your van cool in summer.
- A radio – Some people like to keep the radio on in the van so they are always aware of what is going on in the world.
The first Vagabonding Step: Decide to Quit your 9-5 Job
It’s easier to quit a 9-5 job and get into the van life if you’ve already decided that you want to quit your 9-5 job. First, determine if you want to quit your job. If you do, then you need to decide what you want to do with your life. Meanwhile, quit your job in a way that will not cause too much stress for you.
If you quit your job in a dramatic way, such as walking out on your boss’s desk, you may end up having the opposite reaction from what you wanted. You may end up feeling more stressed out about quitting your job. If you want to quit your job, first, decide on what you want to do with your life.
You might consider taking a course, writing a book, or joining a community of like-minded people that share your interests. Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, you can start applying for jobs and building your resume.
The second Vagabonding Step: Find a Camp Site and Set Up Your Camp Site
Once you’ve quit your 9-5 job and begun to travel, the next step is to find a campsite and set up your campsite. You can do this by looking online and asking locals where they would recommend camping. You can also ask online communities of van dwellers for advice on where to camp.
You can also search for free or low-cost campsites online. Many parks also allow you to camp for free, so long as you clean up after yourself. Pay attention to the rules and be respectful of the environment.
The third Vagabonding Step: Go Scooting!
Once you’ve camped out at a campsite, the next step is to scoot! You can scoot by using public transportation and walking when possible, by hitchhiking, biking, or carpooling, or by scooting. Scooting is moving from one place to another with your van.
You can scoot by using public transportation or walking when possible. You can also scoot by using a ride-sharing service such as Lyft or Uber. You can also scoot by using a scooter rental company such as ScooterTown or Scoot.
The fourth Vagabonding Step: Be Socially Awkward but Enjoy It!
The more you travel, the more you will notice that you are socially awkward. This is completely normal and acceptable – and it’s actually a good thing! It means that you are open to new experiences and are ready to learn new things.
You will probably make a lot of mistakes while traveling but that is okay. Mistakes are a great thing because they will help you to learn and grow as a person. Be excited and happy when you make a mistake because it means that you are learning and growing.
The fifth Vagabonding Step: Build on the Base you’ve Created in the Previous Steps
The best way to continue traveling and exploring the world is to build on the base that you have created in the previous steps. In other words, the best way to continue your vagabonding journey is to keep doing the things that you enjoy doing, and that is new for you while building on the base that you have created in the previous steps. For example, if you’ve decided to quit your 9-5 job, then you should spend time doing things that you enjoy doing. You can do this by reading books, writing a blog