VanLife: A mix between living in a van and housesitting

It seems like as soon as people know you are living in a van, they think you need a house… hmm…

I get it, it is easy to think that, I will totally be thinking that if I wasn’t living in a van. But the true story is completely different.

Living in a van is really good. You still have everything you need, but (at least for us) the aim was to declutter, reduce the space we live in, reduce the amount of things we use, stop buying so many things.

Things that are only that…things and nothing else. They don’t provide you with much excitement of benefit. We wanted to create an experience for us, we wanted a new challenge in life.

I’m not going to lie, the thing that will be good to have in the van is a toilet but we haven’t had problems with that anyway.

These few months we have been living in a van, we have also housesit a little bit. The first time we did it, it was for like 1 or 2 nights (can’t remember) but omg, we found it so exhausting! being in a house just gave us stress, a lot of work, tiredness and not much leisure or productive time. The owners of that same place offered us the house to stay for an extra week… we had to decline the offer.

We did it again for another few days, in a different house. This one was a complete yes because we had to look after 3 cats!!!! OMG we could not say no and without even knowing dates, house location, etc, we agreed to that. We are missing our little Tigger terribly, so we had an awesome time looking after the kitties, but yes, we also got very tire at the end.

Now we just recently housesat a place in a great location for us. The owners have a big family, so the house was massive and they had every single thing you could possibly need. Since then, we are changing the approach we take when housesitting.
Besides all that, we got to spent great times with two cute dogs that we totally fell in love with and we are still hoping to see them every now and them to be their adoptive parents 🙂

We are now just take the housesitting as it comes, and it is like a mini break, it is still something new, we get to try different areas in the city, gives us time to do laundry, re-organise things in the van and if there is wifi, I get to have video calls with family and friends overseas.

So, we didn’t like the idea of housesitting at the beginning, but I think it was because we have been enjoying the VanLife from the very beginning and we just wanted to live that in full. Now, we have learnt to think that everyone lives life in a different way, and it is nice to experience them. We get benefits from housesitting but we also get very happy going back to our mobile home.

The good thing that we have to remember is that most of the time people is trying to be nice, or they need help with someone looking after their beloved pets and we are still having the VanLife afterwards.

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VanLife: What does it mean?

As some of you might know, Mark and I decided a few months back to change the way we live and take on the VanLife full-time. But you might be wondering, what is VanLife?

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VanLife is more than just living in a car, for us, is a way of thinking.
It means to go back to basics and live life in a very easy and simple way .

The VanLife experience is to care more about creating experiences rather than having possessions.

For us, living this way means fun, connecting more with each other, and a break of routine.

The VanLife also means movement, it might be a little or a lot of travel for some. It involves seeing new places and trying new ways of doing things.

VanLife is definitely liberating, it gives you a sense of freedom and self awareness. It is not worrying about what people might think or say but to concentrate only in your own journey.

Effective Graphic Design Tips

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research

research

Research

This first point is a must! And applies to every single proyect, it doesn’t matter how big or how small it is.

Before starting any design, you need to get to know its background. Gain as much information as possible, as this is where most of the ideas will come from; and the design will be delivering its message in a more effective way.

font

font

Typeface

When talking about fonts…less is more.

Limit the number of fonts you use to a maximum of 3, if possible, only stick to two. Never more than three.

size

size

Size

Be comfortable to play with the size of the elements, don’t be scare to go too big or too small.

That is how unexpected and great things happen, by trying something different and leaving your comfort zone.

You might end up with a great surprise or trying a new style.

blank space

blank space

Blank space

White space or blank space is crucial. Give each element its own space and don’t be afraid to leave a lot of empty room around it.

Having some blank space will give your design a clean and professional look, but also a modern feel.

Colors

Be careful when selecting colors. A good and effective tip is to use one color in 2-3 different tones. This will build the consistency on your design and will provide harmony between all the elements.

accessibility

accessibility

Accessibility

Be mindful of the colors you add to your design, and be aware that they are different for printing or digital material.

Make sure your text is easy to read, the colors aren’t too bright or clear. That the audience will be able to read it from different distance, that it will fit the size of the screen (if digital) or that the colours and images used will print ok on paper.

relax

relax

Relax

Have a break! Go and have fresh air for a bit, go social online for time to time or do something completely different. Besides giving your brain a break you are helping creativity to have a fresh start.

Save your ideas

Save your ideas

Save it

Save all the ideas you get throughout the process, this might be in an electronic or paper-based form.

Everything is handy, and you are building your own library of ideas which might not work for one project but can get handy to have later on when working on a new one.

carry-on bag

Essential things to pack in your carry-on bag

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When I traveled, I like to be comfortable. I have a carry-on bag with the essential things to make the flight a pleasant one.

The carry-on bag I use, it will very much depend on the type of holiday I’m taking and the amount and type of activities I am planning to do during the trip.

If I think I will be on the go all the time, doing lots of walking, my preference is to carry a bag pack.

If I am travelling to a more city type, where I will be taking more taxis, relaxing more, then, I use a different (nicer) bag.

However, I have a list of essential things I always take in my carry-on gab. it doesn’t matte how long r short the flight is. Of course, the longer it gets, the more items I will start adding.

Here is the list of things, that will help you enjoy more any flight.

Electronics

headphones

headphones

  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Power bank
  • Headphones

Important stuff

passport

passport

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • A copy of hotel booking confirmation, hotel address, etc.
  • Purse with id and a little bit of cash (currency of the place your are visiting)

 

Comfort

packing

packing

  • Snack (energy bar)
  • Gum or mints
  • Tissues
  • An empty water bottle – you’ll be able to fill it up before getting on the plane J
  • Sunnies – to wear as soon as you exit the airport
  • Lipstick
  • Scarf
  • A pair of socks

 

shower ready to be used

VanLife: Trying a Solar Camp Shower

Did i tell you about that time we used our portable shower?

portable shower

portable shower

It has been one of the best things i have experienced with the VanLife. I have tried outdoor showers before but this thing was something else.

We were away from the city, in the middle of nowhere. We found a place made for us. flat  ground, not loose sand, big area, with few trees around, lots of bush, good view but still got a lot of privacy and an open space. Perfect place to have a campfire.

So yes, we had a good setup. Chairs, table, fire burning getting our tea ready. Then, we decided to try out the new portable shower.

great spot we got

great spot we got

The portable shower is a simple bag that you fill with water and has a shower head with a handle so you can open and clse the water tab. It holds 20 liters and it is suppose to get warm with the sun.

We bought it in Kmart just to try it out because it was cheap, and I mean like $10AUD something like that. Easy to carry around and we thought that even if it is not used as a shower, we could always use it for something else like washing dishes, etc.

new portable shower

new portable shower

Mark hanged the bag from the top of the van, it was lying on the side of the van, against a window. Then, on the ground, we placed a mat…ok,it really is a piece of synthetic grass, which not only looks great but works nicely.

It was cold outside and the sun was setting, but we had a great spot and awesome setting. The water was boiling in the fire, then we put some of it in the portable shower. So yeah, we had a hot and relaxing shower.

Fire ready

Fire ready

It was pretty cool. I was the brave one who decided to try the shower first. And it was one of those showers you don’t want it to end. Where I was, I could feel the warmth of the fire, had the sunset as view, and was standing on the (synthetic) grass so didn’t have to worry about having sand on my feet. Just a shower but it was such a great experience #BestShowerEver

shower bag

shower bag