What is your name?
Where are you currently based?
West Coast, USA
How did you first become inspired by Vanlife?
I wanted to experience living alone and traveling, van life seemed like the safest and most affordable way to do that.
Do you live in your van full time?
How long have you been living in your van?
4 months, but I’ve had it for 8 months
Why did you choose this lifestyle?
Affordable, practical, I’m free to follow the seasons & to leave if something becomes uncomfortable
What do you do for work?
Seasonal work, short jobs here and there, I’m also blogging part time.
What is one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had whilst living in your van?
#1. Watching the sunset on Cannon beach in Oregon. #2. I found this amazing campsite where I was completely alone for at least 24 hours in silence/peace, and had gotten to see the brightest stars. One funny thing happened though, I was sitting by the bonfire and heard rustling in the woods. At first I thought it was a cougar or a coyote or something because it sounded big. However, it just ended up being a super large toad. I ended up laughing hysterically and have never forgot that hilarious moment. The best part about it was that I was yelling at the bushes, trying to scare whatever I thought it was away, and then a super large toad comes out and just croaks. I still laugh about it!
What is the most difficult challenge you’ve faced living in your van?
The very beginning of van life I faced incredible difficulty with mechanical issues and costs. Also, I had faced having an ankle injury while renovating. As well as not being able to stand up in the van, food going bad faster, having a not so amazing shower set up. Oh, and finding camping spots in Northern Washington that don’t break the bank is incredibly difficult.
What is your favourite product you’ve purchased for your van
My sink set up & shelf organization has been amazing!!
Have you had any negative experiences?
There was a really creepy guy once.
Have you saved money by living in a van?
Yes and no. I’ve saved money on electricity, not impulse shopping, and I don’t have to pay for a hotel!!
Tell us about your blog/channel/business?
Of course, I have a Travel & Lifestyle Blog, where I talk about travel (Including vanlife) and sustainability.
What piece of advice would you give to other women who aspire to live in a van solo based on your experiences?
#1. Be as prepared as possible – don’t ask for “help” or come across as helpless #2. Trust your gut, understand that if something or someone makes you uncomfortable, you have the freedom to leave and stay safe. That’s one of the most beautiful things about vanlife!! #3. Do everything and anything you love, you don’t need anyone else’s approval and you don’t have to compromise. It’s an amazing time to alive 🙌
What are your future Vanlife plans?
Drive south for the winter 🙌
How can our readers keep up with your adventures?
@manifesting_serenity (IG) manifestingserenity.com (Blog) https://pin.it/1wRLbUz (Pinterest) Manifesting Serenity (FB)
Meet Katherine for more USA-based vanlife adventures here.
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