Why its Okay for a Girl to Live in a Van
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One of people’s biggest concern when I tell them I live in a van, is that I am alone and I am a girl. I tell these concerned people the same things; I do my best to avoid sketchy situations, I have a weapon if needed, and I trust my instincts. Obviously, anything can happen to anyone but please do not let the fact that you are a female deter you from solo traveling or living in van/mobile living space. Here are some reasons why it’s okay for a girl to live in a van from a girl who lives in a van.
Girls can follow their instincts
There have been a few times where I have just not felt right about certain sleeping situations. Sometimes it has been something clearly not right like a bunch of high school kids messing with me like I discussed in Vanlife Fails. Recently, I was outside Telluride, CO attempting to boondock in National Forest land. When I settled in and went to lay down, I began to develop a terrible feeling. The best way to describe it was a racing heart and just a great fear, but I couldn’t tell you exactly what I was fearful of. I love the national forest and have spent a lot of nights boondocking in the national forest, but something just didn’t feel right, so I left for the night and found another spot that “felt” better aka Walmart. It’s very important to listen to those gut feelings when traveling!
Girls can protect themselves
I believe the number one way to avoid bad situations is to follow your instincts and use your common sense. However, sometimes you might need something more to protect you from the unknown. Whether you’re a female or not it’s always a good idea to have some extra type of protection for yourself. I, myself carry protection to assist with 4 legged or 2 legged assailants. One, I have bear spray; two, I have a flashlight taser. I definitely feel safer with these items but I must say, I have never even had a thought that I might need to use one of these items.
Girls can understand basic car knowledge
I, by no means, am a van expert, but I know the importance of maintaining a vehicle. I once went to get my oil changed and when filling out paperwork the gentleman asked me, ” Do you know what kind of car you drive sweetie?” Yes, I do know what kind of car I drive and I even know how to start the ignition and put it in drive! [eyeroll] I digress, my point is that you don’t need to be a mechanic to live in a van. Sure, this would save you some money if you did know a lot about cars but its certainly not necessary. As long as you get regular maintenance done by someone qualified to work on cars you should survive.
The world is not such a scary place
It seems like every day you’re bombarded with bad and/or depressing news stories. This can bring on more fear and doubt about hitting the road. I have to say that being on the road has given me a new perspective. I am surprised by how many people offered to help and are genuinely interested in the lifestyle I am living. People tend to be inspired by a life on the road as well as tiny living and are typically genuinely interested in learning about my van and my lifestyle.
Girls are great communicators
My favorite thing about van life has been the community online and in person. I’m always happy to connect other van and tiny home dwellers. Don’t ever feel like you are alone in this alternative lifestyle. Reach out via Facebook and Instagram for support, you got this :)!
Would you live in a van alone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!