Hello! And welcome to my first blog on this journey. My name is Tracey Tischler and I had been researching van life for about four years. I never thought that I would be able to afford buying a van or converting a van but I was hoping, at some point, something would happen where I could get a van. Well, you know how life has a way of surprising you? That is what happened on August 17th when I saw now MY van on Craigslist! Never did I think being able to buy a van would happen this soon . . . and especially one that I love and is perfect for me. I truly believe that I manifested it (that story to come in an upcoming blog). My one condition was that it had a bathroom and a shower and my 2001 Roadtrek does! It even has two showers, one inside and one outside.
Since getting the van in August, I started redoing it right away and worked on it evenings and weekends. Well, I live in Minnesota (Minne-snow-ta) and winter has come. I wanted to store it for the winter but that was too expensive. So, it’s in my driveway and I drive it every weekend so that it isn’t just sitting. I wanted to take it out right away and I had called some local campgrounds to stay for a weekend but every one I called, they were booked, even in September. They told me it’s usually unusual but with COVID, everything has changed. It’s a way that people travel now.
All that said, what I want for this blog is to show people my journey basically from the beginning. Letting you know what is working for me and what isn’t working. What I like about it and what I don’t. With COVID, many people are finding alternative ways of living for less, myself included. Plus, I’ve always wanted to travel and now that my daughter is off to college out of state, it’s a great time for me! It’s going to be a process because I wasn’t prepared. Like I said, I didn’t expect to find my van this soon. I’ve started selling things in my house and minimalizing. Taking steps in moving towards being able to move out when it’s time to hit the road.
This is going to be that journey. I hope you want to tag along with me! I finally get my cushions (which is also my bed) back this Monday! That, in itself, has been a journey since October, which I’ll tell that story in an upcoming blog.
Thanks for being here!