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.