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The couple are selling their home so they can quit their jobs and live in a van full-time – and save £42,000

Ben and Malory Landheer were both interested in living a slower pace of life and wanted to explore more of their home country

Ben and Malory sold their house and saved £42,000 to live the van life
Ben and Malory Landheer sold their house and saved £42,000 to live the van life

A couple have sold their home and saved £42,000 so they could quit their jobs and live in a van full-time.

Ben Landheer first met his wife, Malory, at church, which they both attended in March 2015.

The couple worked in ministry, where Ben was a guest experience leader and Malory a missionary.

In their free time, the couple loved nothing more than hiking, traveling and spending time with family.

Ben, 29, and Malory, 25, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were both interested in adopting a slower lifestyle.

They wanted to explore more of their home country and visit their friends and family who were scattered across the United States and discovered van life.







Malory and Ben love the freedom of the van life and say their stress and anxiety levels have decreased
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Malory was in the van before they converted it
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In February 2020 they decided to sell their home, saving £42,000 to live the van life for a year.

The couple knew the CEO of an insurance adjustment company who agreed to make them monthly payments if they put his company’s logo on the van.

Malory also does some chores from her previous job while she’s away.

They bought a 2017 Ford Transit T 350 HD Van for £18,000 and set about turning it into their home on the road.







Ben and Malory pictured out on a hike
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The couple spent £9,500 and four and a half months building the van, installing windows, doing plumbing and electrics and installing all the cupboards themselves.

They learned skills through YouTube videos and used their high school’s own woodworking classes as the basis of their knowledge.

Never wanting to feel claustrophobic in their van, the couple have prioritized storage to maximize the space available to them.







The kitchen area in the couple’s van
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The couple’s sleeping area
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Now they have been on the road since March 23, 2021, beginning in North Carolina, traveling up the West Coast and currently based in San Diego, California.

The husband and wife say that living in the van has taught them to focus on what’s really important in life and that a slower pace has eliminated their stress and anxiety.

While they don’t set a time frame for their travels, they hope to enjoy this liberating lifestyle for at least a year, hopefully longer.

“We did the construction 100 percent ourselves and without outside help,” said Ben.







Malory and Ben have enjoyed the slower pace of life that van life offers them
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Malory enjoys a hot drink in the van
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“We installed and built everything including the windows, solar system, plumbing, cabinetry and electrical. We just followed other construction videos and referenced a little high school woodworking class.

“Space and storage were everything to us. We never wanted to feel cramped and claustrophobic.

“Some days it can be tough, but we know how to give each other space. Above all, it has helped us to get to know each other better and on a much deeper level.

“But in the end we get to know new places and people with our life partner – what more could you ask for?







Ben and Malory met at church in 2015
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The view from the back of the couple’s van
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“We don’t have a direct route. We choose where we want to go from day to day. This is the freedom this life gives you.

“Usually we wake up, make breakfast, see if we need to empty water, get food, go out in the sun to charge solar, then we decide where we want to go next and explore that area.

“We find Wi-Fi when we have to and we stop and shower at Planet Fitness when we have to, but other than that it changes from day to day.







The couple’s living space in their van
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“The biggest thing we learned and benefited from is pace. Learning to slow down life is so good.

“Anxiety and stress go from 9 to 1. You learn to focus on what really matters in life. The little things. to love people. To experience every day to the full – and to spend a lot more time in nature.”

The couple’s favorite place to visit so far has been Flagstaff, Arizona because it’s between the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

They are currently traveling along the coast of California and then want to zigzag across the country, stopping at all the national parks along the way.







The couple love the freedom of the van life and the slower pace of life
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Ben and Malory share their adventures on Instagram as @vanheeradventures.

“We knew we wanted to share it with friends and family back home, but we didn’t want to use our personal accounts,” Malory said.

“We figured why not start something with the sole purpose of showing what it’s like to live in a van.

“We have only received love and support. It was a really cool community of people to build relationships with.

“We love the life we ​​live and when people encourage and support it it only multiplies it. Especially the physique. Knowing that people love what we have put so much time and effort into is a tremendous encouragement.

“If you want to live this life – jump out of the deep end, save the money, make the agreement, set some benchmarks for yourself and go for it.

“Suddenly that crazy dream doesn’t seem too far away.”

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