Vanlife is the new lifestyle choice for those tired of convention and restrictions placed on lifestyles by normal daily routines. With the Covid-19 pandemic putting a pause on many people’s travel plans, there’s been a significant rise in the popularity of vanlife – where people live in custom-fitted vans and travel around the world. In fact, the popularity of living in a van, free of the shackles of everyday life rose by 66 per cent in the last month, and 533 per cent during the previous five years. Van life is an alternative lifestyle adopted by many nomads looking to live a basic existence, while being able to travel the world with freedom and ease. Checkatrade, the UK website for finding a reliable tradesperson, recently released a cost guide revealing professional advice for converting a van into a fantastic living space, suitable for life on the road. By engaging a specialist firm to undertake the project, it would cost upwards of £40,000, including the cost of the vehicle itself. But by taking on the project management and utilising a number of specialist tradespeople, the whole thing could be done for a lot less. According to Checkatrade, the most important costs to consider are: Ventilation – the last thing you want is your living space dripping with condensation (£150/per vent) Windows – most vans won’t have a window in the storage area when you buy them, but a living space needs natural light. (£100-£200/per window) Kitchen fitting – due to lack of space you’ll need a bespoke kitchen (£200/per day for the help of a kitchen fitter) Electrics – if you’re hoping to use electricity in your van, you’ll need to get it installed by an electrician (£50/per hour) Heating system – for a DIY heating system you’ll be looking at around £700 Toilet & shower system – you’ll have an abundance of options here but a minimum spend is £250. The cost of the van will depend on a number of factors, including: Whether you want to be able to drive around in it or have it static. How big you want the van to be. How much work you’re willing to do to it.
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If you’re planning on using it to drive a fair distance and you want a van that’s already mechanically reliable, you’ll need to budget somewhere between £8,000 and £12,000. Studies show that a minimalist lifestyle can lower blood pressure, reduce risks of diseases, migraines and headaches and overall improve your health. Often, the simple lifestyle is not just beautiful, it’s necessary. Many van lifers say it was hard to get rid of everything at first. However, in the end it was definitely worth it to adopt a clutter-free lifestyle. For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea.