Van Life Revisited
You've seen it on social media. An endless stream of filtered selfies taken by people with smiling faces doing amazing things in exotic places. On the road. Wandering the territories. It's #VanLife — your ticket to breaking the chains of the 9-to-5 rat race and the crushing stresses of contemporary society, and all it takes is a modified van, a decent map, and a thirst for adventure. Actually, it takes a whole lot more than that. Once you talk to experts who have actually lived the lifestyle, the rosy-colored online pictures start to lose their luster. Many of those veterans wouldn't trade the van life for anything, but they're also keenly aware that it's not all fun, games, adventure, and freedom. If you're considering quitting your job, selling your stuff, and hitting the road, here are some things you might want to consider that the beautiful people frolicking on Instagram conveniently leave out.