How Hypnosis Can Boost Your Mental Wellbeing on the Road

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Van life isn’t all sunny skies and stunning scenery. It has its challenges and if you live full time in your van (or tour extensively) you will have had periods of stress, anxiety, maybe even depression. This is where hypnosis comes in…

As a qualified hypnotherapist with over twenty years’ experience, Hobo Gav – and his clients – can vouch for the benefits of hypnosis. Used in the right way, hypnosis can quickly get you back on track, boosting your sense of mental wellbeing to help you get more enjoyment from your travels.

On this page is a list of what we think are the best van life and travel-related hypnosis downloads you can use in the comfort of your RV.

But just before we get to look at our recommended downloads, let’s answer a few questions about hypnosis…

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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention. We go in and out of it many times every day.

Think about those times when you become absorbed in a good book, website or movie. Or what about listening to a podcast or getting lost in your favourite music? And we all daydream.

Sports-people talk about being ‘in this zone’ which is another way of describing hypnosis. And what about those long drives in your motorhome where you reach your destination without really knowing how you got there? That’s highway hypnosis.

The thing is that when your attention becomes absorbed in something you become ‘entranced’; the rest of the world recedes into the background as you focus on the one thing.

How does hypnosis work?

What we’re really talking abut here is the REM state. We enter the REM state when we dream at night and during waking hours.

We use the REM state in hypnotherapy because it is nature’s most powerful programming state. It helps us change instinctive and habitual patterns much faster than other talking therapies.

When you enter that state your mind is more open and receptive to new ideas, new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. That’s how hypnotherapy works (something Hobo Gav explains on his hypnotherapy site at Human-Spirit).

How can hypnosis help my life on the road?

Anytime our attention becomes ‘locked’ we can be said to be in a hypnotic state; we’re not seeing the bigger picture.

Worry is a trance state, as is depression, stress, fear, panic, anger, OCD, PTSD; the list goes on.

In other words, high emotionality is a form of hypnosis. It locks our attention.

But being absorbed in a less resourceful state will ruin the best of adventures. You might be in the most stunning location in your RV but not really be there at all, instead locked into a negative mindset.

This is where the hypnosis downloads we’ve listed here can help you…

No matter your stresses, worries, fears, or concerns, you’ll find a hypnosis download on this page that can soon help you get your mind back on track and enjoying your van life adventures. Just like it should be.

Our Top 10 Hypnosis Downloads to Improve Your Van Life Health and Wellbeing

Listed here are our Top 10 hypnosis downloads for life on the road. Or just continue to scroll down where you can access hundreds of other hypnosis downloads covering just about every topic you can think of…

Hypnosis Download #1 – Meet Your Basic Human Needs

It’s not always easy to meet basic emotional needs on the road, especially if you’re a full-time van-lifer.

How do you meet the need for safety and security? What about the need for a sense of belonging when you’re always moving about from place to place? The thing is that meeting these basic human needs is vital for your mental health and wellbeing…

This download will not only give you insights into these emotional needs but it will help you develop a strategy to meet these needs in creative, healthy ways and in so doing maintain emotional balance. This will undoubtedly help you to take a positive psychology with you on your van life road trips and adventures.

Hypnosis Download #2 – Overcome Travel Stress and Enjoy Every Journey

We’ve all been there…

You’re heading off for what should be a relaxing holiday but your stress levels are going through the roof! Too much to organise and think about, you can end up feeling overwhelmed even before you’ve left.

We give some tips here about road trip planning but this download can take things to another level. You see, we need to get your unconscious mind on your side. This is what this hypnosis download will do – program your mind to deal with the stresses and enjoy every journey.

Hypnosis Download #3 – Overcome Travel Sickness

Gav remembers successfully treating a client with hypnosis many years ago who suffered from travel sickness. Pills made no difference. It was the hypnotic reprogramming of her mind that got her back on the road again.

Hopefully you don’t have any such problems, but if you do hypnosis could make all the difference. And then there are the kids to think about…

How do they cope with being in the back of the motorhome on long road trips?

This hypnosis download will address possible causes for travel sickness, dizziness and vertigo to help you enjoy your adventures much more comfortably.

Hypnosis Download #4 – How To Overcome Fear of Travel

With things slowly beginning to improve (as of 2022) it seems certain that we’ll all be able to hit the road again soon.

Trouble is, Covid-19 has increased people’s fears about travelling. We’re all a bit more wary of things as the ‘survival brain’ takes centre stage, ramping up anxiety levels in order to stop you going somewhere it thinks might be dangerous.

RELATED CONTENT: Read Hobo Trudi’s blog post about how to overcome fear of travelling in a post Covid world

This download will address that, helping you calm those fears, think more rationally about things and enjoy your travels, no matter where you’re headed to.

Hypnosis Download #5 – Stop Being a Nervous Passenger

This is an interesting one! If nerves get the better of you on the road it can put everyone on edge, spoiling what should be a magical adventure.

Whether you’re in the front passenger seat or somewhere in the back of the motorhome, nervousness will obscure the beauty all around you. In effect, you’ll be entranced by your nerves, stopping you from actually seeing the world out there.

This download will help you calm down so that you can enjoy the journey as well as increase your sense of trust in the driver of your motorhome (as well as more trusting of other drivers on the road).

It’s particularly helpful if you’re hiring a motorhome for the first time and having to travel in a far larger vehicle than what you’re used to.

Hypnosis Download #6 – Get Out and See the World

This download sums up what van life is really all about – getting out there and seeing a bit of the world!

Travelling really is good for the soul. It opens your eyes to new ways of seeing and wonderful new experiences.

This download will prepare you to hit the road running as you reclaim your freedom this year!

Hypnosis Download #7 – Sleep Well Away From Home

It’s not always easy to sleep well in a campervan or motorhome, especially if you’re wild camping or the rain is bucketing down!

No matter how comfy that bed is, sometimes you just can’t sleep properly when you’re on the road.

But this download can start sorting that out, programming your mind with an expectation that you will be able to sleep well, wherever you are, campsite or out in the wild.

Hypnosis Download #8 – Expand Your Horizons and Welcome New Possibilities

A healthy brain is one that is active, learning new things and open to new possibilities. Travelling in your RV or campervan is one way of achieving the need to keep learning.

Indeed, van life itself will certainly test you at times! There’ll be challenges along the way, for sure, and this download will create a positive mindset so that you even welcome such challenges! It’s all part of your evolution.

Hypnosis Download #9 – Get into Vacation Mode Early

Do you find that it takes you a while to unwind properly? Perhaps you get half-way through your holiday before you really start to enjoy it.

But that is time lost that you’ll never get back.

This hypnosis download will get you into the holiday spirit even before leaving home so you can enjoy it right from the off. In so doing, you won’t miss a thing, making it a more enjoyable vacation for yourself and your fellow travellers.

Hypnosis Download #10 – How to Overcome Homesickness

It’s not always easy being away from home for extended periods. If your road trips last a few weeks or even months – or if you’re a full-time van-lifer living away from the people you love – homesickness can occur all too often.

The thing is that we all have an inherent need to belong somewhere, a place we call home. This download will help you to relax and unwind when you’re away from home, so that you lose those old negative feelings of loss and sadness when you’re away from familiar territory.

Hundreds more hypnosis downloads to choose from

Used in the right way, hypnosis can be the game changer for your mental health and wellbeing, helping you live van life to the full.

If you’ve not seen exactly what you’re looking for on this page just remember there are hundreds of other hypnosis downloads to choose from. It really is well worth exploring the whole site!

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Interested in hypnosis courses?

Rather than listening to just one download, you might prefer to do longer ‘Ten Step’ courses…

These all have 10 different hypnosis recordings and come with a PDF workbook to track your learning and progress.

There are courses on…

  • Developing Solid Self Esteem
  • How to Overcome Social Anxiety
  • Be More Assertiveness
  • Conquer Jealousy and Insecurity in Relationships
  • Escape the Trap of Negative Thinking
  • Get a Success Mindset
  • and more

You can sit there in your motorhome with a nice mug of tea, developing your personal psychology, then embed the new ideas into your subconscious mind by relaxing deeply as you listen to the hypnosis downloads.

Best bit is, you start to notice real changes to your sense of wellbeing and enjoyment of life on the road in your RV. That’s why you got into this in the first place, yes? To have a damn good time and see some of the world!


Hypnosis is becoming more widely accepted in the medical community but many misconceptions about it still remain. Gav helps to break down some of the myths about hypnosis here. If you have concerns about your physical or mental health your first port of call should always be your General Practitioner (though they are unlikely to know anything about hypnosis themselves, unless they’ve been trained to use it).

For more on hypnosis and trance and to find out how hypnosis cured Hobo Gav of a ten year problem download his free ebook.

Hobo Gav received hypnotherapy training from Uncommon Knowledge – the company that creates these downloads – and is now one of their affiliated therapists. This means that if you buy a download or course we’ll receive a small commission – at no additional cost to yourself. Our full Affiliate Product Disclosure Document can be read here.

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