I Lived and Traveled in a Van With My Mom For Weeks, and It Was Both Awesome and Terrible

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Living in a van was never something I actually planned to do for any stretch of time. The lifestyle didn’t really appeal to me, even if only for a short vacation, but when my mother decided she wanted to travel (and occasionally work) out of her van and begged me to tag along, I couldn’t say no. To say I wasn’t thrilled would have been an understatement. Weeks upon weeks crammed into a single van with another person? As someone who values their personal space a lot, that sounded like absolute misery to me.

But my mom promised adventure, and as much as I wanted to say no, I decided to go for it. What was the worst that could happen? We’d bicker here and there and I’d get mad about not having access to a shower when I wanted? I decided to focus on the positives – that I would get to spend quality time with my mom, travel the country, and experience something new. Now that our trip is over and I can look back on it, I can honestly say that I have very mixed feelings about living the van life. Keep reading for seven things I learned and why I’ll probably never do it again.

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