More and more people are choosing van life. Many are asking: Is van life cheaper than renting or owning a house or apartment?
The answer, of course, is that it totally depends. As with a more traditional lifestyle, the cost of day-to-day living is really up to you, for the most part.
Van Payments The most obvious expense of van living is the van's cost and camping fees.
Insurance Most van lifers with converted vans stick to traditional auto insurance. But it only covers the van itself, not the build.
If you want coverage on the build, or if you go with a class B RV, you will have to invest in RV insurance.
Fuel Fuel is another cost to consider. If you plan to stay in one area this cost will likely be relatively low.
Internet There are various ways to stay connected on the road, but each has an associated cost that must be factored in.
Food Restaurants are a great way to experience a new place, but when you’re living out of a van, it can be all too tempting to eat out often.
Hygiene Most vans don’t have space for a full-fledged shower, meaning you’ll need to find a place to clean up regularly.
Fortunately, there are places to do this. Gyms, truck stops, public pools, and campgrounds all have showers that van lifers can pay to use.
Repairs and Maintenance Things can and will break on your van. Additionally, there are certain maintenance tasks that you will need to keep up with.
Sightseeing Lastly, you must keep the cost of sightseeing in mind when planning your van life budget.
Well, it totally can be, but it can also be a surprisingly expensive. That said, van life is usually cheaper overall than renting a place.