Are you thinking about getting a motorhome, RV or campervan? Maybe you’ve just got one and feel like a newbie?

Or perhaps you’ve been a van-lifer for some time and would like to make your travels even more special?

No matter what stage you’re at on your van life journey, you’re in the right place!

Along with the many practical tips in our free ebook ‘Getting Started on the Freedom Trail’ – vital reading if you’re just starting out – we’re going to delve deeply into the psychology and culture of van life by asking, “What’s it really all about?”

To our way of thinking, van life is about freedom and reclamation. Freedom from the 9 to 5, freedom from the system, and the reclamation…of your own life.

Being in a motorhome, campervan or RV – either full or part time – has to mean more than just driving to a site, pitching up and watching TV all evening…as if you were still back home…

It’s got to nourish your soul in some way! It’s got to make you feel more alive than anything else you do!

This is what van life means to us and if this resonates with you please read on…

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travel quote: we travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us

Motorhome adventures – freedom on a budget

One of the main points we hope to get across on this site and in our ebook is that motorhoming – and the freedom it brings – can be done on a budget…

We picked up our old VW T4 Autotrail motorhome for £6000 back in 2017. We’ve spent almost as much again since then getting her fixed up properly, but this is nothing compared to the cost of much newer motorhomes that are way out of reach of average folks like us.

We simply didn’t have a spare £50K sitting in the bank!

The thing is there are plenty of good older vans out there, as we highlight in our vintage vans and motorhomes gallery. Take a look for some inspiration! It’ll give you some idea of what’s about.

Since getting our motorhome she’s taken us all over England, Scotland and Wales and we’re looking forward to our first journey across the water to Ireland or maybe France. But when time is limited, we’re more than happy to visit places local to us on the Suffolk Coast. Being out in the van is all that matters!

It might seem a bit strange to anyone outside of van life, but we see our van as travel guide, teacher and guru, leading us to where we need to go and what we need to learn about life. You’ll come to know this if you don’t already!

VW motorhome by a loch in Scotland

Old vanancient wisdom

Our slogan, ‘old van – ancient wisdom’ tries to encapsulate what we’re about.

Each of our road trips and pilgrimages are driven by a longing for something much richer than the mundanity of every-day life. A yearning deep in the soul demands adventure!

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine – it’s lethal

Paulo Coelho

So, it’s not just the practical stuff we’ll look at here but also the ways in which van life travel can nourish your soul and make you feel more alive than you have done in years.

And every trip contains the seeds of ancient wisdom, as if the ancestors are tempting you out of your comfort zone and into unknown worlds, inviting you to try to understand this human journey a little bit better.

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When you subscribe to our mailing list you’ll get our free ebook ‘Getting Started on the Freedom Trail – what your motorhome, campervan or RV manual probably won’t tell you‘ and our latest newsletter – exclusive to subscribers only.

The ebook is nearly 60 pages of van life hacks, hints and tips to help you get the most from your motorhome adventures and it includes vital information if you’re still in the process of looking for a van or are just starting out.

The ebook will help you…

  • Decide what type of motorhome or campervan best suits your needs
  • Look out for all the right things when viewing and test driving a motorhome
  • Choose which van life essentials you’ll need before you hit the road
  • Feel safer and more confident as a motorhome driver
  • And learn from the mistakes we made!

So, whether you’re still considering getting a van, have just acquired one and feel like a newbie, or are an old hand at motorhoming, we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading it.

Free ebook Getting Started on the Freedom Trail

Would you like to try a motorhome before you buy?

If you’re really keen to get into van life but haven’t yet bought a van for yourself, have you considered renting a motorhome or camper before you buy?

RV rental offers you the chance to hire a van for a few days to see if you like it, rather than diving in at the deep end and spending thousands on a motorhome. And, of course, renting an RV gives you the chance to have an incredible road trip adventure at the same time.

The thing is that you can hire a good-sized campervan for less than you think.

However – and this is the important bit – there are several things you need to know before you go ahead and hire an RV…

We’ll tell you all you need to ask a motorhome hire company before parting with your hard-earned cash.

Spaceships Rentals motorhome hire
Photo source: Spaceships Rentals

Van life health and wellbeing

We’ve recently added a new section that aims to keep you mentally fit and healthy on the road. Van life health and wellbeing is an area that has been overlooked for too long.

The thing is that more and more folks all over the world are looking for alternative ways of living and van life is a growing movement – and it’s not always a bed of roses!

Just as with a more conventional lifestyle, van life has its own challenges and sometimes us motorhomers can feel run down, overwhelmed, or stressed out.

So, we’ll look at several ways to keep you mentally healthy on the road, such as addressing emotional needs, taking time out in nature and practising things like mindfulness and meditation.

Feeling better in yourself – physically and mentally – will help you enjoy your van life adventures even more.

Want some gear for your motorhome or campervan?

If you already have a van of your own you will, at some point, want to buy some accessories for it. We’ve bought a number of things over the last three years, from simple products costing just a few pounds, to more expensive items like solar panels.

So, whether it’s essentials you’re after before you hit the road or more expensive items like satnavs, we’ve got it all in our accessories shop.

And the good thing is, this is a family run business.

Hit the button below to find out what we’ve bought for our VW Cree and open up a world of possibilities for you and your beloved van! Give her the love and attention she needs!

See what’s in our van life accessories shop now!

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As a subscriber you’ll be the first to know about new content and you’ll get exclusive stuff, not available to anyone else.

And if you have any questions or suggestions for new content you’d like to see on our site, please contact us. We welcome all enquiries and would love to hear of your van life adventures.

We’ll see you on The Freedom Trail!

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