Solar is a great source for electronics – from 12v fridges to laptops; providing you’re somewhere sunny of course. Having energy systems in place allows living to be thriving rather just surviving, but keeping things minimalistic is the key. Enjoy rising with the sun, going to bed when its dark and reconnecting with nature’s circadian rhythms. Opt for watching the skies and listening to the waves, rather than other forms of entertainment. And keep sharing the good vibes by joining the responsible van movement, maintaining an eco-friendly van life and inspiring others to do the same.
Van life is certainly one based on experiences, rather than routine, which only happens when you’ve cut the shackles of the daily grind, but remember to enjoy responsibly and leave the places you visit better than you found them.
Written by Natalie Fox – founder of YogaRama. Natalie is a roving surf and yoga instructor committed to living lightly and sustainably in her van, based in Morzine, France in the winters, and Lagos, Portugal during the summers, with some intrepid retreats in between.