When you think about van life, you probably think about endless travel, loose schedules, and lots and lots of exploring, right? But what happens when there is a global pandemic that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon?
Covid-19 has changed van life.
Before Covid-19, the van life community has always been pretty vocal about leave no trace practices, practicing sustainability, and public land rights. We are living and breathing in these areas and see its impact first hand when these practices aren’t being considered by others before us.
We pick up toilet paper with human waste and bags and bags of trash left by other campers, but what about when it comes down to keeping others safe from Covid-19?
When we were first impacted by Covid, we were ordered to stay home, but what does that mean when your home is on wheels?
Van life has been such an amazing movement and lifestyle that has changed lives. It naturally allows us to become more aware of how to care for our planet, right along with learning how to prioritize our own sense of freedom in our lives.
And now we are becoming more aware of our impact on the communities around us due to Covid-19 by living in a van and traveling full time.
But what does that mean, realistically?
Due to Covid-19, some van lifers totally left the road. Others have stayed with family, rented homes or backyards. And some even stayed put on public lands and waited it out, kind of making that their permanent home.
For others who have stayed on the road (whether it’s because they don’t have the option of staying anywhere else or not) the decision about how and when to get groceries, do laundry, and take showers in these communities that van lifers are passing through is a huge responsibility and isn’t taken lightly (I hope).
Are you a van lifer or considering van life? I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Do you think covid-19 has changed van life? Let me know in the comments below.
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