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Are you really happy as a nomad?
#11
I've seen multiple that leave the vehicle-only nomad life. Will Prowse just did and many more.
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#12
The fact that people get "disillusioned" means that they were "illusioned" in the first place.
So don't be "illusioned".

Living in "Ziggy the Snail Shell" since May 2015
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#13
That's a simplistic question and perspective to a loaded, multifaceted situational reality. Just because one is happy doesn't mean all, others or you will be happy. I am tickled pink with the freedom and liberty. But it takes finances to be able to do so. And happy with new places to travel.
The long term happiness due to these factors may not, probably not, be sustainable.
But what an adventure!
For most, if not all, probably a stage in their life. Not ideal for the extroverts, insecure and uncertain. There are downsides of loneliness, uncertainty, acceptance and social outcast. This lifestyle is ideally suited for the introverted, minimalist and independents, ideally. Lol.
Minivanmotoman,  Absolutely Positively.
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#14
I've only been full timing for a little over a month so it is way too early to tell. So far I am very happy but I have been busy getting settled in and getting the van the way I like it. With that said I did this by choice so I agree that makes a huge difference. I also took a lot of time to plan and prepare for it.

I had a lot of free time to build out my van and I realize that a lot of people don't have that luxury. It took a while to realize what was important to me in my build. But in the end I took my time to build out the things I wanted so that I would be comfortable. I didn't want to "just get by".

With the van about 98% done I love living in it. I did just finish a long road trip with my daughter so experiences like that are things I'll always remember. But I also work a full time job with very odd hours and lots of travel. So even though I am in the van full time I spend quite a few nights each month in hotels taking very long hot showers and enjoying the amenities like pool and spa when weather permits.

I guess only time will tell how long I will do it but I hope to still be active on the forum for years to come and still living the nomadic lifestyle.
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(11-07-2017, 07:27 AM)lenny flank Wrote: I'm having the time of my life.  Smile

But of course van-traveling is not some magical escape from real life with unicorns and chocolate fountains.

What? You haven't? You need to get out of the city more often. Seen magical, chocolate covered unicorns all the time. You just have to believe, seek, and you will find. Wink

Here's proof;
Griffin unicorns
   

Waterfalls were you can spot them sometimes at sunset if you're lucky and very very quiet...
   

Unicorn shade trees
   

And even witches well
   
Smile. Wink
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#16
I’ve temporarily stopped roaming to care for my mom. I can honestly say I was never happier than when I was traveling/living in my moho and then van. I can’t wait to get back on the road.
I'd like to give myself a few negative ratings, because I am such a big meanie. The forum won't allow it. Feel free!

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~ Adam Savage
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(11-07-2017, 11:52 AM)Minivanmotoman Wrote: Here's proof;
Griffin unicorns


OK, I have to camp there.......

Wink

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(11-07-2017, 11:17 AM)Minivanmotoman Wrote: That's a simplistic question and perspective to a loaded, multifaceted situational reality. Just because one is happy doesn't mean all, others or you will be happy. I am tickled pink with the freedom and liberty. But it takes finances to be able to do so. And happy with new places to travel.
The long term happiness due to these factors may not, probably not,  be sustainable.
But what an adventure!
For most, if not all, probably a stage in their life. Not ideal for the extroverts, insecure and uncertain. There are downsides of loneliness, uncertainty, acceptance and social outcast. This lifestyle is ideally suited for the introverted, minimalist and independents, ideally. Lol.
I'm sure its an adventure and that's a good way to look at it. As far as a stage in life I'm hoping its the last stage.?
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(11-06-2017, 08:59 PM)vanman2300 Wrote: It appears most people who post on youtube and other forums are exceedingly happy with the life. What say you? Do you think most are pleased with the choice or that there are a significant number of people who think they made a bad choice.

The only regret I have is not starting the lifestyle earlier. Once I've tried it, I don't want to leave it, even if it's part-time, or sporadic time  Smile
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#20
Just because someone changes their lifestyle doesn't mean their old one was a mistake that gave them nothing but regrets. It often just means they were ready to move on to the next thing.

Also, apartment and house dwelling lifestyles have just as many annoyances and downsides. You probably don't see a lot of blogs of people complaining about trying for the 5th time to fix their leaky toilet or their slightly annoying neighbors or spending half their income on rent. People post when things are going great or going terribly due to external forces. Nobody feels driven to post videos about how their day was slightly disappointing or fine but boring, and nobody would want to watch anyway. Unless you're really hot or famous, then people will watch anything you post.
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