Now here’s the alternative!


(I’m kidding…..I think that I freak Jenny out a little bit when I mention moving around or living in a van. I don’t think that it’s a very appealing alternative for a family to live in a van…..)

It’s not so appealing if you can avoid it.

(If you can’t avoid it, though…..I really appreciate the creativity and resilience that it takes to figure out a way to make it when things are really hitting the fan. There’s got to be something better than just surviving….but to be able to just keep going is a good thing.  I do think that living in a van….unless it’s by choice…would be kind of hard.)

Hopefully, we’ll be able to avoid it.

To pour salt on the whole concept…..this van is old and rusty.

If I was going to pick a downscale way of life, I better find a way to do it that’s aesthetically pleasing.

Now check this out…..upscale van life complete with good food and paying off school loans.


I think these guys have a better camera than the guy who made the first video had.

There’s something about the second video that feels a little less dire.

If you have a Kickstarter campaign that coincides with your adventure, you probably aren’t parking down by the river every night.

You’re a hipster with a “lifestyle choice”.

And….check this out….big debt….out on the road.

So, it’s not any different than most of us…..


It’s funny to see how different some people’s range of choices are.

Some don’t even seem to have much choice at all.

Rusty van….or  a vintage Westphalia with organic food and mobile internet…..and a big pile of college debt.

And…..no matter how technologically connected or astute you are…..it’s still really hard to get out of debt, too.

“Van Life”….sounds good to travel around…..but I better get my place fixed up first.

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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