Vanlife Pros and Cons | The Reality of Living in a Van | Ep.2

Vanlife Pros and Cons | The Reality of Living in a Van | Ep.2

The cons of van life – what happens when things go wrong, when you’re feeling lonely on the road, dealing with exposure to heat/cold, constantly searching for access to internet and cell phone service in order to work, cleaning the van, and yes – Anna even talks about having to deal with a toilet on the road! However, these things can be mitigated and there are so many pros as well – watch this video to prepare yourself and keep from regretting the choice of going into vanlife!

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📚 Chapters:
00:00 – Intro
01:18 – Exploring the Washington Cascades
03:00 – Some personal cons
05:10 – Con 1: Things break
07:00 – Pro 1: Everything is with you
08:12 – Con 2: Loneliness
10:38 – Pro 2: Finding hobbies
11:30 – Con 3: It gets messy
12:16 – Pro 3: Easy to clean
13:16 – Con 4: Temperature control
15:03 – Pro 4: Can follow the weather
16:15 – Con 5: Dealing with a toilet
17:58 – Pro 5: You are self contained
18:56 – Con 6: Finding WiFi
20:13 – Pro 6: Vanlife is awesome
21:47 – Byyyeee

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Please watch: “The End of Vanlife | Why I am Selling my Van & Our Final Trip | Ep 40”



  1. Lance Hyer on May 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Live life intending your desires into reality. Living life for a living means enjoying the pros and cons of work and play. The contrast is the real juice of life.

  2. Deb's Life Simplified on May 15, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    If you can get to a doc, and have the right doc, a steroid shot right in the heel did the trick for me. I had it in both my feet, and had the shot done one at a time. At the time I was working nursing homes, and the pain was aweful, so I feel ya on that. Hope it gets better. Search on the bedtime boots you can get and will help stretch the foot to stop hurting as well.

  3. Dominique La’Ruee on May 15, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Can you do the difference between living in an RV and living in a Van?

  4. Brenda Lee on May 15, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Hi! I will be a solo female on the rd who isn’t mechanically inclined what does a person do when you’re broke down and far away from home and help to the rescue?

  5. Tin can on May 15, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Brilliant 😎

  6. X LessThan Z on May 15, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for the info. I like the smartphone satellite attachment and the toilet info. I’ll look into the blanket for home use…Thanks

  7. cancun joe on May 15, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Wow – genuine thanks to you for a really thoughtful and well presented pro/con video of vanlife! Have fun 🙂

  8. Deanne DFL rocks! on May 15, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Get great supportive shoes with inserts. Steroid injections. Roll your foot across a frozen bottle of water. It worked for awhile for me but I ended up eventually having surgery which helped but you’d probably be held up a couple months and may need to stay off the road. Ewww it’s kinda creepy guys are asking you out in comments section, very inappropriate. They are predators.

  9. jon fox on May 15, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    My God your beautiful I imagine going on adventures with you would be amazing

  10. John David on May 15, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    So, the vandal saw you as the problem with capitalism…? I am looking into van life, as a way to escape it.

  11. Lee Jackman on May 15, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    For your plantar faciitis, keep a water bottle in your freezer & use it to roll under your foot when it flairs up. Also using a baseball to also roll around and really get into to painful spots can help. Yes, it will hurt at first, but the more you roll them around them more it will loosen it up. Just some thoughts. Good luck, been there.

  12. V. Hansen on May 15, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Stretch stretch and stretch. Also insoles. I have a job that is stand up 40+ hrs a week. Gotta take care of the feet.

  13. Lateefa Banks on May 15, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Lol imagine having a period whilst living in van life 😬

  14. David Marcel on May 15, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    an Amazing Video thanks for that🥰

  15. Annie Gill on May 15, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for being real and honest about your life. I will be joining the community in several years!

  16. Squiddy on May 15, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    enjoyed your van tour vid and subscribed – cool van and enjoy your discussions of van life and issues connected to it. sorry your van got vandalised 🙂

  17. Carolyn Merritt on May 15, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Lots of van life woes are the same as house/apt woes. I suppose it’s the space that makes it harder. Looks like you’ve done well. But when the temps are extreme it can be much harder. No dogs for me. They can be helpful but I’m done taking care of others. Besides don’t like the wet likes, bad breath, neediness etc…they need what I cannot provide. You have done well.

  18. Wayne H on May 15, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Im sorry, youve had some bad people do things to you, your a sweet woman, if they only knew you, they wouldnt, i feel… Your good woman !
    Glad to see the smiles… They are nice smiles 😊
    Hope your holidays went well.. thanks for sharin

  19. livableincome on May 15, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    You have to get good med care of your foot. My good friend ignored hers and it turned into Achilles tendinopathy. She had prolotherapy (needles of something or other) all around her ankle and now she is fine. But it took a while. Good luck.

  20. TRANQUILITY CORNERSTONE- Relaxing Piano Music on May 15, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    What happened to your cat????

  21. James West on May 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    ive looked into alternative building/living for year, this video was 1 of the best every1 is allways 1 sided in videos but u kept it legit good bad on the lvl.. as a bipolar introverterted extrovert very good video… plus there is no best sci-fi or anime everyones got there favorite but u can always find something greater in some way on different series… but firefly ground breaking shame serenity didnt spark another season…. NOT a weed fix everything person but the feeling in your feet smoking some not alot goal aint to get stoned but it provides relief for that pins an needles foot asleep gettin hit feeling..

  22. GoTerry on May 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Great stuff

  23. Gail Thorpe on May 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Anna you have to get a g/friend or b/friend or a travel companion btw cute dog p.s Iam a new subscriber I came over from Abbie and nats channel (let’s play ride and seek

  24. Robert Gilman on May 15, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you for your time and effort with these videos. Much appreciated and I will be watching more of them. I just bought a 2015 Ford transit just like yours to convert. Peace.

  25. Jane Brommet on May 15, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Were is the cat???

  26. CDA Xfiles on May 15, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I would so love to meet you. @}-,—–

  27. Trebor Seveer on May 15, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I love your videos, just found you on the 28th of Dec. I love your attitude. Keep up the GREAT work. Enjoy and stay safe.

  28. A L on May 15, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Your vlogs are great. So genuine and interesting, and love the nature/scenery. Thank you!

  29. Ronald Gagner on May 15, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    How do you dral with lonelynesd

  30. Living Inthenow on May 15, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Had to turn the sound down and turn and rely on the closed captioning. I don’t understand why so many YouTubers insist on playing music during the parts where they are talking. It makes it so difficult for those who are neurodiverse and/or hearing impaired, and it doesn’t seem to ADD anything to the experience. Music in between the talking parts is one thing, but what purpose does it serve (other than making it difficult for some folx to understand what you’re saying) to have music going when you’re talking?

  31. Lynne Kerr on May 15, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Yup. Loving this channel!

  32. The Wayfinder Chronicles on May 15, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    What questions do you have for the Q&A video that I will be posting next?

  33. Metoo Nunyabidness on May 15, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Your capitulation to the vandals and showing solidarity with the motives of them shows a true weakness of your character.
    Never apologize for those who would make a victim of you.

  34. theBatBurger on May 15, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I live in Alberta and unfortunatly it gets like -40 some nights in winter so heating is super important

  35. Bob Hancy on May 15, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Me again. This video is the reason why it’s important to watch as many different nomadic videos as you can. I never heard of the Fixd or the satellite phone thing – and I’ve been on the road for years. I so appreciate your information, ingenuity and creativity Anna. Here I’ve been renovating my office area for a week – and you set yours outside. Genius…simple and practical (when it’s not raining). Remember this quote? "The woods are the only place I can see a clear path.." So true…

  36. livableincome on May 15, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks. Another great video and things to consider.

  37. Rift God on May 15, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    love the video, do you regret the size, do you wish you went for the medium size transit

  38. Brian Wood on May 15, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Do you have a build plan price spent to build fire fly

  39. Mark Stanley on May 15, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Hey hon I really loved this video to. I can’t wait to get started im so envious, I’m curious about what you do for work if its not to much to ask?

  40. Mixed Martial Adventures on May 15, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I suffer with plantar fasciitis, I was convinced I would be in pain everytime I walked for the rest of my life but I did loads of research and found a few solutions that actually really worked for me. I incorporated a calf stretching routine into my morning and evening yoga routines. Tight calves can cause the soul of the foot to have less flexibility and in turn can result in chronic pain. Also those hard massage balls are great for really stretching out the soul of your foot. It’s extremely painful at first, make sure you don’t apply to much pressure but you’ll get the hang of it and actually start to love it. And lastly and maybe the most impactful thing I did was start wearing barefoot shoes! They are the best! Thee best! Seriously. Not just for the feet but for the entire alignment of the body. I haven’t had any plantar fasciitis pains for almost 2 years now and I do trail running and martial arts everyday again. Best thing I ever did was start wearing barefoot shoes.

  41. Margo Burns on May 15, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Great video…wondering what the van cost all in. I am shopping for a promaster right now and wondering what the build will cost me having the build done by a pro when I cant do it myself. Any ideas?

  42. Kim Knight on May 15, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Hi! Just wanted to say that I had a lot of feet problems until i decided to wear shoes that were zero drop and made for a natural foot shape, in addition to wearing Correct Toes. Sounds silly but for real it helped me so much with foot pain and balance issues. Highly recommend and probably totally in line with what you’re about ✨🌞✨

  43. JessaJayVlogs on May 15, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    This was one of my favorite pro’s and cons videos about vanlife. Great pacing and plenty of tips outside of the normal ones people mention repetitively.

  44. Margaret Bond on May 15, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Love your channel ❤️

  45. Iddil Bekirov on May 15, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    The Cascade mountains are so beautiful! The water is so pristine!

  46. schmeggynz on May 15, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Have you tried a cooling mat for Sterling? Really enjoying your videos

  47. rds151 on May 15, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    600 mg of ibuprofen up to 4 times a day for a few days until the muscle relaxes

  48. malligator dad on May 15, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    If only u just live near me i will date you i love seeing a petlover owner i want to have more petlover friends godbless you always ijust created my dogchannel a week ago

  49. Binta Diakite on May 15, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    How do you deal with mice, ants and other types of tiny critters?

  50. sherry muzyka ZEKE’s Travels on May 15, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    I loved this video! Great job of Pro’s and con’s. Love your van❤️and Sterling is adorable

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