It’s been 6 months since I sold all my belongings, packed the van, and drove out of my container home rental. I will never forget how it took me 2 weeks to make the decision, sell everything, and downsize into the van (other than a couple of boxes in storage).
I had no idea what would happen, how I would manage, or even if I was ready for it. So Aires of me to be impulsive and just do something when the mood strikes. One thing I knew for sure. It would not be easy. I had just started a new job, and work was normal. I was able to explore a little, work a little, drive a little, and basically create somewhat of a perfect balance. 6 months later, that has changed.
I think if there is one challenge of living full-time in a van in Costa Rica, it’s the infrastructure and weather. Very few campgrounds offer 110v connection, which is fine, if you have a great solar system and electrical. But come the rainy season, you can be in for 2, 3, 4 or even 6 days of non-stop rain and not a drop of rain. Yes, living in a van gives you the liberty of moving when the weather gets bad. But, considering that Costa Rica is a very tiny country, chances are the weather is the same everywhere. And, when you work full-time, it’s hard to jump behind the wheel and drive for long enough in search of some sun.
I haven’t done as much exploring as I wanted to. Van living is not cheap! Between car payments, diesel, food, van maintenance, health insurance, internet, work, bills, etc., you can rack up quite a long list of expenses. Add to that, campgrounds. I mean, yea, I could park on the beach for free and save some money. But traveling alone as a woman makes that a little tricky.
So 6 months in, I have learned many lessons. I now have a landing spot, mostly because work has required me to be online more than usual. It has also been great to have a place to do laundry or escape when things go royally wrong. I have met some amazing (and not so nice) people on my travels. Some connections have been for life, others for a week. Some campgrounds have treated me like family. Others I will never go back to. And still so much on my list to do, see, and explore.The next 6 months will be hit and miss. I won’t be on the road as much as I wish to, but work has been thriving, and I can’t have one without the other. The rainy season came on early this year, and with that, humidity, mud, and the need for a power source other than the sun. One thing is true, though. There is still no place like my little home on wheels. Even in my landing spot, I still sleep in the van. It’s where I belong. It’s where I am most at peace.