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We have joined the #vanlife trend

CITY employees who have left the hustle and bustle of life on the road with an RV have shared top tips for anyone dealing with the lifestyle.

While it may not suit everyone, these adventurous travel experts want to convert more people to what they call #VanLife.

Emma Orlando traded life in the city for a campervan

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Emma Orlando traded life in the city for a campervanPhoto credit: @emmaorlando

But life on wheels isn’t as perfect as some Instagram pics might suggest, and without the right planning, road trip dreams can quickly turn into nightmares.

Ed Bassett, leader of Wanderlust at Camptoo.co.uk – known as the Airbnb of campervans – believes that planning ahead is an essential part of life on the road.

He said: “There’s a huge amount of freedom that comes with having your own home and office on wheels, but it’s always good to have a plan.

“Thanks to the growing popularity of camping and campervanning, campsites are booking up sooner than ever, even during the winter and off-season when campsites are traditionally quieter.

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“We therefore always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure the best possible prices and availability at your chosen campsite or pitch.”

Emma Orlando, known as @emmaorlandotraded a corporate job in advertising to travel four years ago before making the leap into vanlife a year ago.

She said: “I love the seamless connection between my office and nature when I’m on the go.

“When you open the doors of the van you’re immediately in the middle of nature – it’s better than most city dwellers’ concept of ‘bringing nature inside’, instead you’re fully immersed in nature.

“I also love the community that comes with van life. You always meet new, like-minded people along the way who are always there to support you.”

For Indie and Joel, a Swedish couple who live full-time in a converted van, the best perk of living in an RV is maintaining the creature comforts during the trip

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For Indie and Joel, a Swedish couple who live full-time in a converted van, the best perk of living in an RV is maintaining the creature comforts during the tripPhoto credit: @onthefreesid

But that doesn’t mean that life on the road is entirely rosy.

She added: “As much as I’d love to say van life is perfect, things can and often do go wrong – whether that’s a flat tire or you’re simply running out of gas. But these things cannot be avoided, they are simply part of it.

“Furthermore, all the planning can be really tiring, be it planning a route, booking campsites or researching where to find landfills.

“Even the long-distance drive can get tiring.”

For anyone interested in following their lead and trade life in the city for a campervanshe had some crucial advice.

Emma said: “My absolute top tip for anyone contemplating van life would be to always have backups of everything, be it a backup camp stove for when you run out of gas, a solar powered battery pack for when your electrics are gone works, or a WiFi router that operates on a different network than your phone, so you’re always covered on that front.

“It’s definitely better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.”

For Indie and Joel, a Swedish couple who live in a converted van full-timemaintaining comfort while traveling is the best benefit of living in an RV.

They said: “Having the comforts of home but still being able to explore and see new places, meet new people and travel to new countries – there’s nothing better.”

To make life easier, they suggest that newcomers to the camping scene become tech savvy.

They said: “We use a lot of apps that really make our lives easier.

“There’s an app called park4night that shows you all the places you’re allowed to park, washing, water and electricity connections.

“We also use the 1-2-3 Fuel app, which shows the cheapest fuel prices in the area. Both are essential.”

Amy Nicholson, a freelance marketer and #VanLifer known on Instagram as @freelance_amy, believes one of the main benefits of living in a van is the freedom to roam freely.

She said: “If I’m unhappy somewhere, I can just move
At. I have everything I need in my van.

“As such, I say yes to more adventures!”

But a key to success is taking the time to choose the right van for you and making sure it has everything you need to make you feel at home.

Amy Nicholson, a freelance marketer and #VanLifer known on Instagram as @freelance_amy, believes one of the main benefits of living in a van is the freedom to roam freely

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Amy Nicholson, a freelance marketer and #VanLifer known on Instagram as @freelance_amy, believes one of the main benefits of living in a van is the freedom to roam freelyPhoto credit: @freelance_amy

Amy said: “Make your van as livable as possible – my van is my home, my office, my sanctuary, my vehicle, my everything.

“Little touches like my mini blender, candles, and my goose down comforter make it a much more comfortable place.”

Then there’s Sophie, who made her vanlife a 50,000 follower on Instagram, where she goes by the name @challengesophie.

Sophie travels in a VW MWB – a spacious vehicle that allows her to stow all her outdoor gear as she is always trying out some type of outdoor activity, be it cross country skiing, wild swimming or mountain biking.

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She said: “As an adventure sports enthusiast, having a van felt like a natural progression – a little home on wheels that feels like ‘my place’, filled with my adventure gear so I’m ready for anything.

“It’s not easy sailing, but life is about living and trying things. It might not work, but it will be a great adventure along the way.”

Sophie has made her vanlife a 50,000 follower fandom on Instagram where she goes by the name @challengesophie

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Sophie has made her vanlife a 50,000 follower fandom on Instagram where she goes by the name @challengesophie

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