Why do you want to live on the road?

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  • A question i was asked over the weekend, well more.
    Why do u want to live in a vehicle on the road? Are you mental?
    Is it just to drop out of society?

    I want to do it as to me it seems right, ive had this yearning to do it for years. Ive tried "normal" house living n hate it.

    Was wondering what drives others to do it?

    Also if youve done it in the past what made you stop?

    Cheers in advance for all answers

  • I just love the fact that it's my house, built to suit me, and I can change the scenery outside the window whenever I like. That said, I've been parked on the same drive for years now, never really mastered the art of moving around so much in this country as I did in South Africa. BUT.... I can move if I want to, and that makes me feel safe.

  • I can't afford a house or even a bed sit.

    Events have forced me into it.
    I would never have had the courage to do it otherwise.

    I honestly think this is the life I never knew I wanted though.

    Almost everyone I know have jobs they hate, houses they hate and families they ...
    I've tried to fit in but my stress levels tip me over the edge. I could have spent the rest of my days struggling along and been unhappy.
    Now I try to find people who can accept me for who I am.
    It doesn't take much skill to spot van/caravan dwellers and in minutes a friendship is made. I've never known that before.
    Bricks and mortar build divisions, barriers that only come down if they want you for something. When you have served your purpose the walls go back up.

    The caravan is a safe place I can hide away from whatever I have to cope with outside.
    I feel unburdened.
    I know if it all gets too much for me, I can be moving in minutes.

    It's just started raining and that's made me think of Coder in his little van, I hope he is alright.
    Now that guy does deserve a medal.
    I'm waffling now.

  • Iike that I get more warmth and entertainment from £5 of fuel than I did with mains heating. It's a more positive way of thinking, being IN the world and not shut out behind a door I don't own.

    I stopped driving for a few years after a breakdown but I've grown tired of dealing with landlords.
    10 years nomadic saw 2 vehicles, 9 years of brick and mortar has seen 11 addresses.
    (I'm not a nightmare tenant, just restless)

  • Best thing I ever done.
    Freedom from the 'sheep' that follow each other, trying to be better than each other, jealousy that you have something they don't.... people that is.
    Constant knocking on my front door from someone trying to sell me something I don't need, junk mail, neighbours who walk around in their pyjamas with curlers in there hair. etc. etc. etc.
    Bills coming through the door, income tax, bedroom tax, council tax, taking all my money and spending it on useless things!

    My friends (real friends) think what I've done is great, most wish they could do it......I call it living the dream, im happy now, no depression any more and the dog loves it too:beard:

  • I had a house with no furniture , bought a van...everything I had fit in the van so I didn't need the house.....then got a drink problem and lost the van ...so moved into a bedsit, which was prob smaller than the van...I'll try and do it again someday without the drink, or maybe when I'm done with life and drink more, on the road to hell.:reddevil: maybe meet some people there (and steal your food and drink)...:beard:

  • I lived in a barge for a year and after that in vehicles for a couple more. Although the barge didn't move as it had no engine, it was interesting having new neighbors every so often and the people were genuine. Life on the road was great, I loved being able to park up where I liked and the freedom of it is comparable to nothing else, it really is like a whole weight has been lifted of your shoulders.
    Having said that I now live inside bricks and mortar and have a family and I am lucky that I now live in a very quiet part of the country away from the busy commuters and traffic jams. But one day, perhaps sooner rather than later, I would love to sell up and be free from the system again (or as free as one can reasonably be.) The van stays packed ready !

  • I'm thinking of going nomadic because although I have a perfectly good house, it's in a part of the world with no jobs nor any likelihood of there being any this side of the next ice age. It's also something I've always wanted to try, possibly because I spent the first three years of my life in a caravan, while my parents were saving for a house deposit, so I know it can be done.

    Looking at a LDV Convoy in a couple of days, will see what that has to offer.

  • I love my house, and productive veggie garden & chickens etc..... but I can't abide what I have to do for best part of 60 hours/week to pay for it...

    Am making slow but steady progress towards a life 'on the road' again, which might not actually be on the road but hopefully with some land on which I can live a low impact lifestyle and do the nice things like veggies/chickens/bees etc. However, I miss living in a van & the connection to what's going on outdoors; the hot, the cold, the drumming of rain on the roof etc which you become detached from in a house. I also miss the freedom to take my home with me & park up with friends or travel.

  • A question i was asked over the weekend, well more.
    Why do u want to live in a vehicle on the road? Are you mental?

    I dont think it had anything to do with you wanting to live in a vehicle on the road .


  • I honestly do not know where to start with this. I have been living in yurts and vehicles for Twenty years now and could point at so many positive aspects that come from this way of life,in fact,I can not think of anything negative about it at all.
    The most important points for me are

    The freedom to move and the freedom to be me,

    The chance to live amongst nature in places where only a billionaire could afford,

    The economic advantage of not having any bills to pay,

    The ability to be able to work pretty anywhere in the western world and take my home and dog with me,

    Being able to crash out in my bed when I get pissed or twatted at a party or festival

    etc etc etc etc

    There are so many more reasons that I could list,but this will do for the moment.

    The semi nomadic life is not for everyone,so I would not say that you will love it,as it depends upon who you are and what your needs and wants in life are,but there is no harm in opening your mind and trying new experiences.

    If I can think of any negative aspects,I will post them later,but honestly,for me there are none :D

    Love and light to all

    Fly xx

  • I've been living in my van for 6 and a half months...and loving it. I met someone who was living life in a van and that inspired me to do it. Kids think I'm loopy but then they always have :clap:They are all doing their own thing, so low maintenance now.
    The benefits are that I can leave work at say 3.30 and be immediately on the road when I have 2+ days off in a row. Very low cost living especially when you consider the basic minimum needed to run a household. I estimate that I should be able to 'go away' for 6 months in every year and that's not taking into account the odd couple of days here and there. This was one of the main reasons alongside the income and expenditure side of things. My income is not huge (care work never is!) but its wisely spent.
    I'm 53 and I am only going to live the once...living it and loving it now :o)

  • I never intended to live in a van - it just sort of happened….and I am your average middle class type! The ex-wife got the house, before prices went through the roof, and my trips in the van got longer and longer. You just sort of get into it. And it's cheaper. No rent, no rates, and if you want to drop off completely you can. The government really don't want to let you go. I still maintain an address because it's easier right now. And it's a perfectly logical lifestyle choice. Priced out of the property market and faced with shitty rentals from private landlords, you can do a hell of a lot with the 400 to 600 quid a month you would pay for rent or even a mortgage, and that's before you even start with local rates, energy and maintenance. At first I was frightened of the loss of my fixed social structure and wary of the nomadic style, where you don't stay with people long enough to form a meaningful relationship. But this proved not to be the case for 2 totally unexpected reasons. First - the cost of fuel prevents you from being on the road all the time, so you plan your moves, and after a while you have friends everywhere. the second is that it's not all that different anyway - since the internet and facebook came along, people just don't socialise physically anymore, or a lot less anyway. And with my van constantly connected to the net for a fiver a week - hey who cares or even knows where you are! I am closer to my grown up kids now more than I was ten years ago in the same house! And here's another reason - I am a baby boomer who's pension is going to be a fraction of what he was told at the peak of my career…..and there must be lots of others like me. No point in moaning - separate subject, but what would you rather do? Live on the breadline in a lowcost version of your original retirement dream? NO! hit the road and have fun with a lot less money. I have already seen it. All over europe in my travels (while I had the cash!) I met people with the same view. I've met cool down to earth dudes in trucks that would cost the same as a house! There's a whole new social community springing up. And governments are clamping down too - things are a lot harder in Spain for full timers than they were. People say the UK is pretty tough, but I find it fine, never a peep from the cops (altho I live in a trad motorhome, it's still obviously grubby and well lived in) and no problems parking pretty much anywhere. Now I move less often, I just circulate the friendly places I already found. So that's my take - for me it's a practical solution to things not turning out quite the way I expected! It's different for everybody, but I expect our numbers to steadily increase. And thanks to the internet we will have the power to seek representation and lobby if they try anything that threatens our choice of lifestyle. One thing is for sure - there is no longer a single label for us - gypsies, new age travellers, hippies in vans, no alternatives, cyber road warriors, glampers, and retired blokes in old motorhomes…..and you?

  • Hey Comrade ..was just looking at the posts and noticed your from Mayo and the same age as me and also lookin for a van..we are probably best mates..Im living near Ballaghaderreen on and off..will probably be moving to Westport..and you ?...

    this is a reply to astartosteerby I thought it would appear under or linked somehow to his post..Im really crap with technology it drives me nuts...

  • I'm thinking of going nomadic because although I have a perfectly good house, it's in a part of the world with no jobs nor any likelihood of there being any this side of the next ice age. It's also something I've always wanted to try, possibly because I spent the first three years of my life in a caravan, while my parents were saving for a house deposit, so I know it can be done.

    Looking at a LDV Convoy in a couple of days, will see what that has to offer.

    Yes..Im also 57,male,from Mayo,looking for a van,just done a move these past 10 m0nths...are you me?

  • i,m retired and live in a 7 and half ton box van,move most days and can found anywhere between scotland and cornwall,pay my way with my pension and doing odd jobs on vehicles. went to see an old friend yesterday,he has always worked but now has been made redundant at 55,he had to sell his car as could no longer afford to run it, is struggling with his mortgage,his quality of life is poor [his words not mine] I to would have been in that position,but sold up bought a van to start with and never looked back since. ok it can be lonely at times, but it even lonelier in a house