Appreciating Roadtrips

Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy.
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.

— Charlotte Eriksson, You’re Doing Just Fine

I live fulltime in my campervan, so it’s a bit different for me.

Advice for parking? Don’t park where you are not wanted, and don’t attract any attention to you or the vehicle.

Bathroom: a bucket with a plastic bag and some cat litter will do the job in an emergency. But usually I just poop in whatever bathroom happens to be handy.

For cooking, I use a plain ole alcohol camping stove. EDIT: There are some vandwellers who have fridges, but they take a lot of power, which requires a big solar panel system (and a big wallet). In general, it’s not practical to run a microwave in a vehicle. They’re power hogs.

— u/lennyflank

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