Van Life Wisdom Top 6 Reasons to Live in a Van

Van Life Wisdom Top 6 Reasons to Live in a Van

In today’s video we talk about my top 6 reasons for Being a Nomad! Perhaps you have a hard time explaining to family members why you are drawn to or love this lifestyle! Well here are 6 reasons you can give them to help them to understand your lifestyle! Or 6 reasons to make the leap if you are still on the fence!
1) Economics, 2) Freedom 3) Better Quality of Life, 4) Rejection of Some Aspect of Society
5 ) Healing- Both Mentally and Physically and 6) Community!
Today I go over all of these reasons and more!
There are ups and downs in any lifestyle- but overall this lifestyle can lead to a miraculous life!
I hope this video inspires you to take steps towards the best life possible for you and the freedom you are seeking!

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  1. William Johnson on March 7, 2023 at 8:42 am

    I don’t normally comment on YouTube. I’ll try to keep this brief, I’m 36, and I found your website, videos, and book about a week ago. I was a truck driver until 1 year ago, and I could no longer obtain a dot physical card. Now I’m more miserable than ever in my life. Looking back I was happiest when I was living "small" on the truck for 6 months in my early 20s. Now I have a goal I’m excited about. Stay safe, and I’ll see yah at RTR 2024.

  2. M. Walter on March 7, 2023 at 8:43 am

    This is excellant.

  3. TheMoral Code on March 7, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Oh man… number 2 hit home so hard !!!!
    I am so sick of working to make others rich. I plan to test out SUV living this summer for two months. I can’t wait to hit the road and make some new memories and connections. Thanks for ALL your videos… I’m a fan…

  4. Red on March 7, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Are there warm places in this country that my wife and I and our dog can go and be able to boondock because we don’t have a whole lot of money

  5. Camilla Holst on March 7, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Dear Bob,
    Not only did I get "something out of this video" – I dare to say, that THIS is your most important video. Ever.
    Respect & heartfelt greetings from Camilla in Denmark, Europe.

  6. George Murphy on March 7, 2023 at 8:45 am

    It’s called self-employed🎉🎉

  7. Stephen Dutton on March 7, 2023 at 8:47 am

    A lot of the comments are Im a nomad and want to do this to meet more friends,Im a nomad living in a van because I don’t want friends, you won’t last 5 minutes lol

  8. D on March 7, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for your channel!

  9. Cam F on March 7, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Bob, I’m a 32 year old with a college degree that hasn’t turned out too well for me, because I haven’t been the best employee, I’ve been fired from 3 jobs due to anger issues or a certain aspect I wasn’t good at like cash handling. I’m moving to Colorado Springs in March as a part time employee with Amazon (for now) which I’m excited about. However, I’ve been so stressed looking for apartments or hotels to stay or live in on a tight budget. Being a nomad seems like a way less stressful option for me. And affordable, WAY more. I’m the kind of guy that, as long as I have a roof over my head, I’m GOLD though I have slept in the mountains before in North Carolina. I live in Dallas, Texas and it’s crazy, Colorado Springs ain’t that much cheaper. Plus all the apartments I’ve read reviews on in the CO Springs area are all horrible with crime and random people being towed and ridiculous prices for like 460 sq ft. I’m not putting up with that! Glad I came across this video.

  10. Stella Davila on March 7, 2023 at 8:50 am

    That landlord sold the property to the foreigners and they came in and jacked my rent 75 percent which I cannot cover by myself without working 12 hours a day , 6 days a week.

  11. TheWisendorf on March 7, 2023 at 8:51 am

    When they ask YOU why maybe you should ask them why they chose the rat race ? Then you can compare .

  12. matthew willis on March 7, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Music to my ears. I lived out of my ’71 VW Combi for ten years Baja winters Cali spring and fall and B.C. In the summer, they were the best times of my life. I am trying to go nomadic again although it gets harder as I get older.

  13. Ted Instead on March 7, 2023 at 8:52 am

    Divorce could be the best thing that ever happens if becoming a van lifer happens right after

  14. Bevon YouTube Tv on March 7, 2023 at 8:54 am

    True ❣️❤️ life have own life , own self, 💞 nothing better than a free life I’m 29 plan on living so all my life 💗

  15. Doublejack McLeod on March 7, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Missed this video when it came out. Glad I went back and found it. One of your best videos ever. "Eat, sleep, work, buy more crap." It’s the American way. Keep up the good work.

  16. Sherry Miller on March 7, 2023 at 8:58 am

    That is awesome!

  17. MDGEIST 97 on March 7, 2023 at 9:03 am

    I’m about to go to Ar in a couple of months and start living out of my car.Ive never felt like I had a home growing up in Foster Care from house to house ,and I’m honestly tired of everyday life .

  18. Valerie I Vanorden on March 7, 2023 at 9:04 am

    hey bob been watching u a year, like the cammo dew rag. yep i used to work in health care. we bought a savana yr 2000 for 500.00. already 60% converted. conversion van 1500 full size. still in house. looking to change. thanks for all u do! we have 6 pets. 10 chickens too.

  19. Penny Thostenson on March 7, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Beautiful video Bob. I’m hoping to get out there soon.

  20. Kathy Brokos on March 7, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Thank you soooo much for this pep talk and encouraging me to be a nomad and reminding me of my dreams. I really relate to your 6 reasons for being a nomad and especially the bungy cord relationships. The lock down was a total downer for me and I got stuck in a downward spiral that I am currently digging myself out of by visualizing a better life going forward. I want travel, connectedness with like believers, FREEDOM, enjoyment, fun, laughter, and a childlike curiosity of life. thank you for waking that up in me. You are truly a blessing and an example of what the nomad life can do for a human being. Much Love❤

  21. Jeremiah Hexx on March 7, 2023 at 9:06 am

    I agree 100%, with one side thought. It’s the stress and hard work of Car , Van, RV company employees, that make the Nomad life possible. Someone, somewhere must live the 9 to 5 life, producing useful products and ideas, or we all will have nothing to enjoy. But who can put a price on freedom? Nobody.

  22. n0n0n0mi on March 7, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Bob, Even as a millennial with a completely different style of nomadic living, I found that this video really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Ron Moore on March 7, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Bob you’re a cool guy and your videos are addictive

  24. Rodney Chandler on March 7, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I don’t get enough money from disability to live normally.

  25. Lori Hamilton on March 7, 2023 at 9:10 am

    IF I HADa functional vehicle or the $$$ to make it one and/or a job to get those funds I’d be there with you all…

  26. Michael Madden on March 7, 2023 at 9:12 am

    I think this is the best video you’ve ever done.

  27. Doc Wil on March 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Thanks Bob

  28. King's Outdoors on March 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Thank you Sir. I set here in a mission house room I rent for 400 a month . I’m disabled and live off 740 a month. I last my wife last Jan. Just me and my Dog . I don’t have many options. I guess I’ll be in a landcruiser 80. I wish I had a little scamp to pull around. I have had a hard life….I hope to enjoy a couple years ,heal and find myself…. Will probably be taking off from P.a next year . I guess I’ll figure it out

  29. Shirley Mason on March 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I’ve seen enough around the world. I want to settle in some “GOOD” place and read and paint. My watercolors sell. I don’t like traffic. Wouldn’t want to travel alone. Don’t love driving. I’m sure the quiet, unpopulated areas are wonderful, but one must encounter traffic highways to get to them.

  30. rb mh on March 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Freedom is priceless, My Time is Priceless.

  31. RV'ing with Luck on March 7, 2023 at 9:20 am

    You nailed it, Bob!

  32. barb Flanigan on March 7, 2023 at 9:21 am

    I love watching these videos. Just wish I had the courage to do it.

  33. Killian Hough on March 7, 2023 at 9:22 am


  34. Kris Corey on March 7, 2023 at 9:24 am

    This is a great video. Exactly why I left the ‘real world’ years ago. Thanks Bob.

  35. Mollie Bonson on March 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Hello…Iam a solo female 78 years old. Plan to leave Oregon he fist of Sept. For Qurtsite AZ 2023. Selling my big fifth wheel. Hope to get a 23 foot clss C. I hope to met you some day on the road.

  36. Bleepers... on March 7, 2023 at 9:27 am

    I hope this helps my mother realize why I’ve lived that way for 12 years. Been paying rent and bills since 2018 and now I wanna go back to nomad life, because I got diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. And I just want to be free before I’m hospitalized or something else I truly appreciate this video. I’m doing it different tho. Building a small camper with my mower lol I’m poor no one helps my go F me account so I have to do with what I got. I only started a GFM account because I’m broke and a kid asking 200$ for a lemonade stand raised 20 thousand and still going. But I’m not a kid that wants to start a lemonade stand. I’m a dude use to working my whole life then forced to quit due to blackouts lmao.

  37. James Parmar on March 7, 2023 at 9:28 am

    What ever u said is100%true many people will now adopt this lifestyle iam Indian living for 30years in America really would like to talk to u iam in NYC I don’t know how I can get people who can help for the van neverthing your the best bob godblessu

  38. D M Sound Collective on March 7, 2023 at 9:31 am

    I have 3 masters… rent, work and alimony

  39. Darrell Fort on March 7, 2023 at 9:32 am


  40. AJ F on March 7, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Unless you are retired and have enough social security, and/or a pension and savings account you still have to work at some point but without the bills and costs of a sticks and brick you have a lot more options.

    My plan is to work part time. Maybe do a seasonal job and save money and take another season off and/or work a few days a week

  41. Glenn Smith on March 7, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Hello Bob, you’re speaking "truth to power." Work, eat, sleep buy more stuff. . . We are natural beings. Material consumerism socks. Keep going brother.

  42. Debbie Metke on March 7, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Bob, this was a wonderful summation of how I feel about the experience. (I had done this back in the mid 80’s and may have to again). Coming out to my first RTR in 2 weeks. Thanks for ALL you do to give us a glimpse of a better option in life.

  43. Life with Nick and Hayley on March 7, 2023 at 9:33 am


    This video was worth just watching Bob drop bombs and have to bleep over himself. Absolutely A + entertainment.

  44. barraabus on March 7, 2023 at 9:34 am

    Absolutely brilliant.. thanks , you just brought me back to reality… much appreciated.

  45. Paul Broughton on March 7, 2023 at 9:35 am

    The way I look at life is there are seasons possibly 5 if we live to be a hundred. There’s 0 to 20 which we I just growing into what we will become.. and 20 to 40 starting families of our own and taking our children through their first season of life. Then 40 to 62 in my case I retired at 62 having raised my children and watched them begin their next season, having and raising their children. And by now owning my home having worked for 45 years paid off everything that I own. But now there’s my mother and my wife’s mother both our fathers passed away many years ago. But now they need our care.. so for the last 4 years I have been building our 1977 class C Dodge Millard. Getting it ready for our adventures.. but we must be patient as we do need to be there for our mothers right now. But building an older RV is a lot of work and is in the long run cheaper than buying something new and simpler by design so it’s much easier to upgrade everything and have spare parts should you ever need them having replaced just about everything on it and having all solar and lots of power to live off grid. For our fourth or 5th season of life should we live to be a hundred. But it has taken us 30 years to fill this house it’s going to take a long time to empty it but we’re not in that big of a hurry. We both work very hard all our lives and lived frugally and paid off all our debts so we are in a good financial condition. We can afford to live on social security comfortably. I keep telling my wife you’ll thank me later… I just felt like I needed to tell my little story and it’s by no means complete but we can talk when we all get around to campfire one day and share our journeys and enjoy our future journeys and our present one.

  46. Stephanie Guiles on March 7, 2023 at 9:36 am

    How do you receive mail/deliveries out there?

  47. Andre Bruning on March 7, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Totally digging that beard , I plan to start doing this soon & hopefully grow my beard out as well & just be free

  48. David Howieson on March 7, 2023 at 9:39 am

    Hi Bob ; do you free camp in the USA or do you have pay to stay in RV parks , Dave from Ozz

  49. Fitguy on March 7, 2023 at 9:40 am

    where i live its 1100.00 for a 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom Apt. is 1500.00 a month., unless you wana live in a worse part of town.

  50. Julie Soal on March 7, 2023 at 9:41 am

    You are a bit of a miracle yourself Bob! God bless you! Xxxxx

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