We quit our jobs to live in a van, halving our expenses and eliminating the need to work for a year.
A COUPLE has told how they quit their jobs and moved into a van, cutting their expenses in half.
Nat, a chef, and Abi, a photographer, were not only able to save money on their bills, but they also avoided having to work for a whole year while living on the road.
The couple has been living in a small van with their two dogs for almost three years, and they document their exploits on social media as Lets Play Ride and Seek.
The pair from the United States claimed in a series of YouTube videos that they’d always wanted to try “van life.”
When they eventually decided to hit the road, they calculated how much money they’d need and how to begin saving.
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The pair spends an average of $1400 (£1030) every month, which is half of what they were spending when they were renting a house.
“When we lived in a brick-and-mortar, we definitely spent double this every single month,” Abi added. As a result, we’ve discovered that living in a van is far less expensive than living in a traditional home.
“As a result of this, we are no longer enslaved by the 9 to 5; we can work less and spend more quality time with each other.”
To begin saving, they each sold their car and purchased the van for $6000 (£4,417), after which they spent an additional $10,000 (£7,362) to customize it.
Nat admitted that this was a lot of money and that it could have been done for less, but they were extremely particular about what they wanted and were willing to pay it.
The pair worked hard for 18 months to save an additional $12,000 (£8,840) each, allowing them to live comfortably for a year without working.
“We realized we had to really prepare ahead financially when we knew we wanted to live and travel this way,” Nat stated in one of their YouTube films.
The first stage, Abi explained, was to create a budget, which she anticipated to be around $2000 each month.
However, after three years on the road, they’ve spent even less, averaging $1600 (£11,786) in some months and only $1400 (£10, 313) in others.
This includes the cost of gas, food, general travel, and any other costs they may incur.
The rest goes into a savings account that will be used for mechanical repairs if they ever need them.
The pair had to prepare for their time on the road by… Brinkwire Brief News.