The Twists and Turns of Life in a Van
Editor's Note: This is the first of an ongoing series by anarchist and steam punk author Magpie / Margaret Kiljoy. They have been gracious enough to allow us to repost their Van Life series here at Quail Bell. Check back for more!
In this series, I explore some of the practicalities of living in a van in the United States. For context, I am relatively privileged: white, perceived as male, raised middle class, able-bodied, in good physical shape. My advice may or may not be useful for others in my or similar situations.
So… I live in my van. I have for 3-4 years now.
Here’s where you say “Oh! Is it…. ‘down by the river!’”
Which is really a very clever reference to Saturday Night Live and definitely something I’ve never heard before. You’re very original. Congratulations.
Yes, I live in a way that is both unconventional and somewhat cliche. I’m comfortable with this.
Why Live In A Van
For me, van life is actually a step up in terms of stability and longterm access to resources. I’ve spent at least five or six years living out of one backpack or another. I’ve been nomadic more or less my entire adult life. So when I think about the advantages of living in a van, I’m likely thinking about it from the opposite point of view as others do.
What’s Crappy About It
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