Talking to locals

You can spend hours, days, weeks, researching the web to determine where to go and what to see once you have arrived at your travel destination. But, honestly, to find the little gems in every area, nothing beats talking to the locals. Until, now we haven’t yet asked anyone for tips directly. Instead, we’ve relied on people’s natural enthusiasm about the area in which they live. When we tell people that we live in a campervan and that we’re traveling through their area, many immediately respond saying something like: ‘Oh, you should definitely check out ...’. Everyone loves to talk…

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Campervan Conversion: Bungee Wardrobe/Closet

Living in a tiny home, be it settled down or on the road, means that there is less space to store your belongings. When we prepared to move into our self-built campervan, we regularly scanned through our wardrobe and selected a few items to donate. Eventually, we ended up with about five sets of clothing each. Most items are relatively practical and most suitable for hiking and other adventures in nature. However much clothing you may own, you will have to store it somewhere within your campervan. But it doesn’t stop with just clothing; your pots, pans and other kitchen…

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Campervan conversion: how to build a sofa bed

A comfortable bed makes a house a home. Or should we say makes a campervan a home? In our campervan conversion, building the bed was the most important part. Everything else we built and included in our RV was built around our comfortable nest. A good night’s sleep is the most precious thing, and since we will be living in our campervan full time, there was no way in which we’d compromise on that!       Designing the layout  Before we bought our van, we had some ideas of the layout and knew which items we’d like to include…

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Campervan Conversion: 5 things not to save money on when building a campervan

We’re slowly approaching the end of our build and with it, the start of our vanlife adventure. It’s been quite a journey, trying to turn an old panel van into a cozy home on wheels. Since we bought our van back 6 months ago, we’ve been working on many different things, most of which were new to us. We have made mistakes (we’ve listed a few here), and by no means is this van perfect, but we’ve learnt a lot and we’re extremely happy with how far we’ve come. Although we don’t have much money, we were able to create…

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Campervan conversion: how to install solar panels on your campervan

If you wish to be able to live in a campervan off-grid for short periods of time, or even fully off-grid, solar panels are the way to go. When starting out with our campervan conversion project, we did some research into the diversity of possibilities that exist these days that would allow us live off-grid for prolonged periods of time whilst living on the road. The two options that stood out to us where wind energy and solar energy. Some in-depth research into wind energy showed us that it currently has not yet matured enough to be a cost-efficient and…

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