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As a part of our developing Solo Female Traveler eBook, which will offer stories and advice from well-known Instagram female travelers, we are compiling their experiences into individual posts first. Here is the compelling story of solo female traveler, @vannypacktravels. Brooke travels throughout North America bringing her home with her everywhere she goes! She steadfastly lives by the motto, home is where you park it.
I chose this lifestyle because I am very passionate about traveling and van life was the best way for me to do more of what I love. It also forces you to have a minimalist lifestyle, which was really intriguing to me. I sold all of my furniture and moved the rest of my stuff into storage. I must say, I don’t even remember what’s in my storage unit and I don’t miss anything. Living minimally has been so peaceful. I have everything I need within 24ft.
I started this journey right after I turned 30. I was living in an expensive apartment in downtown Denver with no yard and no ownership of any properties. I was ready to make a change so “van life” was very appealing because of the whole idea of “home is where you park it.” Now, I can have any backyard I want, I own my car and home (combo deal) and I still get the luxury of living alone but without the high rent and noisy neighbors.
I love the views I get to experience and all the wonderful people I meet along the way. Each state is filled with its own unique style and way of life and it’s fun to bounce around from place to place and live as the locals do for a few weeks.
The only negative part about traveling full time is when you have engine issues or RV/house issues because it’s always a big “to-do” to get your vehicle into an RV shop to have it fixed. I have found most RV shops will get you in the same week or at least within 2 weeks of your call. However, any time something slows you down on the road, it’s always a little frustrating.
I’ve faced several challenges since I started my journey but they’ve all been major learning lessons for me and I’ve truly grown from each one. My biggest pain point has been my engine battery. I’ve had several instances where I’ve had to jump start my van because my battery was dead. Luckily, I bought a portable jump starter kit (DP Power) before I left on my trip because I’ve had to jump start my van a total of 10x in 2 months! My van was in the shop 4 different times before we figured out the issue. Thankfully, the issue that was causing the battery drainage has been repaired and I got a brand new battery. The take away was I learned how to jump start a car for the first time (and 10x after that) and I learned a lot about my batteries and engine. However, my new challenge is trying to keep my fridge from losing power after boondocking for several days so with the help of my friends from Go Power!, I am hoping to add an additional solar panel to fix that problem.
I tackle each challenge the van brings with a smile though because it’s an opportunity for growth for the lifestyle I am choosing to live.
No. Both parties face the same challenges and have to take the same precautions when it comes to safety on the road.
My friends have been extremely supportive. My parents took a little more convincing but once I took them out on their first adventure in the Van, it was easy for them to see why I wanted to try this lifestyle out.
100% This has been an experience of a lifetime and the best part is, it’s not over!
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