Daniel Dayment, 22, and his partner Mary Cullen, 23, didn't want to spend a lot of money on a dorm, so they decided to buy a van and renovate it. Daniel bought an old Citroen Relay van for $5,500 and then spent another $5,500 to turn it into the perfect motorhome.
He managed to save up from casual earnings during his studies, including freelance photography, cleaning, and working in a bike store, and used part of his student loan.
In the summer of 2021, the couple spent three months renovating the van.
As Daniel says, "I've always intended to have my own home that was both simple and suitable for travelling. I was saving up money to convert the van because I didn't want to pay high rent for a dorm. It would cost me $5,500 alone to just live in a dorm for ten months. A converted van is really an investment; I'm saving money by not spending it on bills or exorbitant rent."
The couple spent $5,500 to furnish the van. They added a bed, kitchen, and more.
Mary, a freelance graphic designer, notes, "I had never thought about living in an RV before I met Daniel, but it's so comfortable and we have so many adventures yet to plan."
There is a stove for cooking, a place to store clothes, a loo, a kitchenette, and a double bed. The RV is also equipped with a solar battery that makes this home off-grid. Mary uses storage drawers as seating to make use of the space.
Now the couple is saving thousands of dollars.
Despite enjoying the simplicity of the life in a van, the couple had to make a number of compromises, but they don't regret a thing. As Mary says, "We both miss hot water, so we have to take showers at campsites and use washing machines when we travel."
"Living in an RV allows you to be as eco-friendly as possible, while still being able to travel as much as you want."
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