I bought a camper van! At the beginning of 2020, I began looking for a cargo van that I could convert into a camper van…a dream I held since graduating from college. I yearned for the perfect little home on wheels that would allow me to seemlessly fit into life “back home” when I returned after a big trip abroad. After four months of searching on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, my sister and I found this perfect 2014 Ford Econoline high top and purchased it for $9,000!
I thought the hard part was over. We found the van after months of test drives. The rest would be smooth sailing! I would be on the road within a few months, traveling cross-country and seeing old friends along the way.
Flash forward to seven months later. The van is still sitting on my driveway and the build is about halfway completed. I’ve never driven it. Yes, you read that correctly…I have never driven my own van! It’s taken many trips to Home Depot by my sister while I spent long hours sitting in my office and working my desk job. Some may say my timeline was a little unrealistic to begin with, but life happens when you’re working a full-time job. After all, the van build wasn’t going to pay for itself!
I’m grateful for my job becuase it provided me an income for the last ten months to fund the van conversion. My sister and I estimate that the cost will be about $15,000 all in! (We are co-owners of the van.) However, sometimes jobs are just for a season of life and it’s time to move on.
Yes, I quit my job! It’s time to get back to doing what I love: traveling, learning how to build, studying languages, writing, being creative, and trusting in the beauty of adventure. My soul yearns for the freedom of the days I had living in Ukraine, taking overnight trains, drinking cappuccinos in different cities, and not knowing what the next day would bring.
So cheers. Cheers to another new adventure unlike any before!