Digital Exhibition: So We Bought A Van

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Name: Katie Larsen of So We Bought A Van (@soweboughtavan)

Vehicle: 2016 144” WB High Roof Mercedes Sprinter

Interests: outdoor exploration, working remotely, reading, living a lifestyle of work/travel balance

I have always loved traveling and the concept of downsizing. Back in 2016, I was at a point in my life where I was getting ready to change multiple things: my living situation, place of employment, and I needed a new car. Instead of diving back into normal life, I decided to convert a van to travel around North America. The idea came at the perfect time and I figured, why not? I was ready for a big change and the concept of having a home on wheels to explore the country intrigued me.

Originally purchased with my partner at the time, I bought my van in October of 2016 and immediately began the conversion process. The entire build took about 6 months and by June of 2017, I was living in it full-time. The build layout includes a stationary bed, fridge, 2-burner propane stove, sink with running water, plenty of cabinet space, an electrical system run by solar, and more. It took a lot of research and work but choosing to do a self-conversion allowed me to pick out every detail of the build and really create something that I loved.

Living on the road is, by far, the best thing I’ve ever done. It has changed nearly every aspect of my life, including opening the realm of remote work, something that I’ve grown so passionate about. My work is a wonderful mixture of freelance writing and digital marketing. My days and weeks used to be broken up in different sections, with work, friends, family, hobbies, and more. Now, my entire life has this cohesive theme of vans and travel. I am living minimally, traveling to new places daily, documenting my adventures, and making a living. My work and lifestyle have really blended together and it’s so wonderful to have my biggest endeavor bleed into every single aspect of my life.

Photos by @soweboughtavan.

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