Vanlife couple Emily and Julius are currently road trippin’ around Europe in their self-built van.
How did you first discover vanlife?
We discovered it on social media. Converting a van by yourself has always been a very special thing and over the years has become a widespread trend. We saw many pictures of people in their vans and directly knew that we want a rolling home for ourselves.
What was your life like before vanlife?
Before our first trip we both finished our apprenticeship. We worked about 40 hours a week and at some point we got scared that it would go on like this until we retire. We got scared of a monotonous life and too little time for traveling. Something had to change.
How long have you been on the road?
This year we started our first trip. We were on the road for two months and traveled through Germany, Austria and Italy. We are part-time travelers and return to our everyday lives between our trips. At home Julius is working as a carpenter and I’m studying at a university.
What destinations would you recommend for other Vanlifers?
We travel through Europe. The destination where we stayed the longest so far was Italy and we would definitely recommend it! The south of Italy and especially the island Capri is beautiful and worth seeing.
What’s your biggest vanlife fail so far?
One night it rained very hard. We laid in bed and suddenly a big raindrop fell on my face. After an hour of searching the leak in the roof we discovered that water came from the cable entry of our solar panel. Luckily it was only a small hole that we could fix quickly.
How do you meet new people while on the road?
Wild camping is forbidden in Italy so we always had to stay on a campsite for the night. There you automatically get in touch with people. One day we helped a couple with their van because the battery was dead and had a nice talk meanwhile. We also became friends with two boys from our home country Germany and are still in contact.
How do you stay in touch with friends and family while on the road?
These days we have so many possibilities to stay in contact because of social media. Our family and friends followed our journey on our blog and on instagram and always knew what we did. We also talked a lot on the phone and on FaceTime. In the end we didn’t feel far away because we always knew what was going on in their lives.
Fave vanlife recipe?
We love noodles! When we travel we eat noodles at least two times a week. It is so easy, it wont take much time to prepare it and you can spice it up with several sauces. Some scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions and cheese are also always a good idea.
What are your plans for the future?
In the following years we plan to continue our journey through Europe. Our main destinations are Spain, Portugal, France and the Scandinavian countries. We could also imagine to convert another van some day.
Do you have any advice for others who are considering living or traveling in a van?
1. Take yourself time for the conversion and work precisely. You will be very disappointed and annoyed if something breaks while you’re on the road.
2. Enjoy every moment as much as you can. To be able to fulfill this lifestyle is such a privilege, so appreciate it.
Follow Emily and Julius’s travels around Europe on their blog Our Adventure.