SOLO FEMALE Chooses Moves into a VAN to Connect with The Wild

SOLO FEMALE Chooses Moves into a VAN to Connect with The Wild

When I first got to Canada, I was on this tiny island between Vancouver
Island and the Sunshine Cove. I lived in a tent for six weeks. I was volunteering on a
whale-watching camp. This island was like 2 kilometers long by one kilometer and
there were wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, like everything just in the area and
I was so excited about it. I was right basically on the beach like just
a few meters back from the beach. You’d hear humpback whales coming up for
breath like right next to me. I’d wake up because *pfff noise* like it was just the most amazing thing. And the first 3 nights I think I slept like an hour each night. A
squirrel in the forest sounds like a bear and on like my third day there when
I was finally like, “this is fine”, and getting used to it like, “nothing’s gonna eat me”, like
ignore the bear poo, like everything’s fine…a mountain lion walked right past
my tent whilst I was asleep inside of it. I remember waking up and hearing these
crows just going mad and like “Why? I’ve just fell asleep like an hour
ago”, and then I got up and two of the guests were like, “oh look what we just
saw and took a picture of” and it’s this mountain lion just just sat on the beach
like 2 meters in front of my tent whilst I was in it and I finally convinced myself
that there was no wildlife around that would hurt me and then I was like,
great.” I got on the boat back and back to Vancouver Island which is still like
amazing. As soon as I moved into the staff housing where I was working I just
I couldn’t sleep for like a week. The noises, it’s like being in a cell. There’s no stimulation for your brain at all and
it’s going back to easy living like I was using an outhouse and stuff before
and like dealing with all the practicalities of that and you know, cooking
outside. Just doing everything outside and I just realized how happy I was just
in my tent with my few possessions like I had a book, a headlamp, and that
was it and I was so happy and then to go to being from that to being really unhappy I was like, “something’s missing and I have to fix it”, so I started looking and I
found it again because I can wake up in places like this and be like, “I’m stoked!”. This is my 31 year old GMC Vandura, 1986.
364,000 kilometers for 2100 Canadian dollars. And it’s a getaway van! People always like to make the joke when I break down like, “oh
you can’t get away in your get away van” and I’m like, “you’re like the 70th person that’s said that.” I don’t use the awning. It does work, but I’m never really in one place
for long enough and it’s never really that rainy. This slides out. There was a
mesh bug net on the inside which let air in, which is a really nice way cause things
can’t, don’t tend to climb in too much up through there. This
opens out. This one the side is locked shut which is great. The other side is
super easy to break into. Whenever I lock my keys in which is at
least once a week. This is like the coldest part of the van in the winter
like so much air gets into here no matter how much caulking I use. The ladder is fine, it’s missing a rung but just hop on up. That’s got like caulking all around it for
like just air leaks and water leaks. I had a mold issue in April where I had to basically
gut the whole thing and de-mold it and so I’m like super on like sealing everything
where moisture could get in. A bird flew into my van and I was really sad about
it and it broke this and I had to pull it out of my engine, but I buried it.
Poor guy. I ripped out all of the floor under here
put new wooden did a beautiful job installing carpet. This which used to be
a big space, got some bookshelves. I’ve got like two rows of books, this is just the
front row and I’m running out of space rapidly for more. My main, my easy to
go to stove for cooking. I would just pop out like on a picnic table or something
but then for camping, if I’m going backpacking or just want to treat myself
I’ve got my MSR stove too. I just like to cook outside, it’s way more fun and
if I burn something it smells like burnt for a long time so. Face wipes, emergency coffee. I’ve got like 10,000 flasks so I would
never need to buy a coffee cup again in my life. My clothes are down here. This is
my wardrobe. It all fits in this bag. Got my ski gear that’s
buried in like the depths of the rest of my van. That’s definitely a downsize
from what I used to have. I used to have like three wardrobes full of clothes I never wore so that’s exciting. My shoes here. My mom’s slippers, thank mom. So the bed actually
all folds back. The mattress is super heavy. I got it from the reuse it center
here and it would all fold back on itself to be compacting. There’s two bench
seats here and there’s two sets of seat belts on either side, but actually my
friends have worked out that you can sit on the bed and the seat belts come all
the way out so you can just lay in the bed and you’ve still got your seat belt on. I like to have
my bed out all the time. I’m just moving around so much. I don’t want it to take an
hour for me to get from A to B because I’ve got to go through all my van so I have
it out. I’ve storage on the side there on top of the bench seat and storage
underneath and those bench seats are also massive like boxes where I can keep
things that I just wouldn’t need like in the summertime. Got my own garden. I’ve
been working on here. I decided I didn’t really use the sink that much or enough
to warrant just having that space and so I’ve got some peppermint,
some rosemary, and this bad boy, my air plant, which doesn’t need any water, it
just lives off of the air. Honey nut cheerios, the emergency cereal. This little thing is the best thing ever. It’s a 10 liter
collapsible. It was like nine bucks from Home Hardware. Water tank. I got this from like the 1940’s, it’s a picture of a
cougar. I felt like I should have it because of my mountain lion incident
when I first got to Canada. Essentials. Headlamp…girls get this. This is what you need. One of these multi-tools, best thing my dad ever gave me. Dishes here, different things. These things are amazing cause
they’re all different sizes. This thing you can drink out of as a mug or you can
cook out of it. I’ve got a big old pan. I’ve got an omelet maker, bowls, you know
how it is. A mosquito net head bag which is as cool as it sounds for when the
insects are getting too bad, this is how I sleep. Sleeping mat for outside sleeping.
Camping chair, skateboard, trying to learn how to skate. My friends always say this is like a Mary Poppins van, there’s just stuff everywhere. This is a basket which is a Yoda head which I got
for two dollars. Toiletries, camera gear. Everything I own fits into dry bags. I have so many dry bags. What’s in here? Oooh, okay few beers. Me and the brewery are on very good terms in this town. Kettle, beans and stuff, that’s a solid thing, a good staple food like chickpeas and kidney beans. Old
juice bottles and stuff filled with rice or in this one there’s nuts, seeds. Stuff you
can just cook up with some water and some spices. This is like the, “we don’t
really ever go in here”, it’s got all my winter stuff. You could fit like
a person in that, there’s so much space. Quick access stuff: matches, flask, oil, bear spray. Sounds stupid but it’s super
important when you’re here anyway. Clif bar, instant noodles, water purification
tablets. So that does that and you have to pull the seat belt up and around so that it’s not in your face. There you go. So I like to do
this when I’m like chilling and I’m feeling a little bit cramped and I just
come move my curtain around and I can just sit and chill and I’ve got all the space in the
world. Who needs more space than this? I didn’t realize. I did it by accident because
I kicked it one day and it just swiveled and I was like, “Oh! How exciting.”
My drivers chair did it for a while but that’s gotten fixed now because it
wasn’t supposed to be doing that. People say like, “oh, just think about
what you need to be happy”. I think you really have to experience it. I say go
and try like maybe a long-term camping trip or something or if you know
someone, everyone seems to know someone now, that’s got a van. Just think about
all the material things that you have and how much money you could save if you
didn’t have them if they didn’t require constant upkeep. Think about how much
time you spend where you live. Do you get up and go to work at 6:00 in the morning
and come back at 9 o’clock at night and you’re basically just there to sleep
and you’re paying $1,000 a month for it? When I first moved into I realized like
how much time I spent like watching Netflix or just like doing nothing on my
laptop just like scrolling constantly. That’s a great part about it. I make most
of my time. One thing I will say is that van life doesn’t come with a warm
Instagram filter. Also like it’s not this dreamy like woodsy guy and really hot
girl like sprawled out on like this amazing blanket with the ocean in the back. Van life is about sand in every nook and cranny and just being
constantly dirty and just loving every second of it, but it’s not
easy. That’s why I like it. Existing was just too easy before like it was
just like nothing was stimulating and it’s hard & it’s good and it’s fun cuz
it’s hard because you’re like, “oh my”. When something goes wrong you have to think
about so much. When you’re living in like a small spaces in your tent or in a van like you are really face-to-face with like reality like
people sometimes I hear people say like “oh you’re not living in the real world” and I’m like, “I am! I’m face-to-face like with the trash that I produce, like when I need
the bathroom it’s right there in your face so I actually see how much
impact I have and since I’ve been in the van, I probably reduced my waste by 80%. Don’t underestimate what you can do. You
just learn what’s important and what’s not and it falls into place and you’ll be happy.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “SOLO FEMALE Chooses Moves into a VAN to Connect with The Wild

  1. Molly1321 says:

    Her hair ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Molly1321 says:

    The end actually mad me want to cry

  3. Sir Scribe says:

    Even with all her stuff, it looked so perfectly cozy in her van. I canโ€™t wait to decide on what van I am going to buy and design my interior. So excited ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฉ

  4. Darin Traffie says:

    I feel the same way connected to nature while iam living in my van

  5. George Frazier says:

    Who's doing the fliming?

  6. Petite Cassette says:

    And another amazing portrait of a super smart and fun woman!

  7. Wild Rover Skoolie says:

    Just love this girl!

  8. Cactus Lover says:

    You are so brave. I would be so scare like at least gonna do this with my boyfriend…like need protection sometimes.

  9. Jay geo says:

    I'm diggen the Natty free forms ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Flasekracks says:

    naming ur vehicle a name is idiotic. Her passenger tire is almost flat!

  11. jk hall says:


  12. jk hall says:

    Artist create.

  13. Mark Houck says:

    Way Fun, Totally Cool – Awesome!

  14. roy ramey says:

    you are living in the real world

  15. Dragonfly 59 says:

    What kind of health insurance can suggest for a traveler like you?

  16. Moon Gypsy says:

    Looks great ! Love the vibe of your channel ! New Subscriber

  17. asdf says:

    She seems a bit crazy. And I like it.

  18. Hdiscussion ions says:

    Hey crazy? Wanna help a new traveler?

  19. Planet Expression says:

    I love these videos! I live and travel in my van with my buddy Hannah and itโ€™s wonderful!

  20. Susie Johnson says:


  21. B Z says:

    WTF? Another Hillary voter?

  22. JD Join Me says:

    I loved her spirit & youth.. what a blessing to live this lifestyle at a young age so you can get the most out of it.. I really miss my wasted youth years… before marriage & children & the many complications of life.

  23. Jack O'Dell says:

    Great life and great attitude. Cool gal.

  24. Vanilla Pudding says:

    This is so freaking awesome, I wish I knew everything I know now I would have left Chicago right after high school ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  25. Boqueron Becky says:

    Love it!

  26. Oh Lordy says:

    Hi Christie, thank you for sharing a bit of your life and experiences with us. I dream of a lifestyle like yours every day. Wishing you the best always.

  27. Jacquline Jackson says:


  28. rayva1 says:

    Your encounter with two mountain lions was short of a miracle.

  29. Joyful Noise says:

    She's so cool!

  30. Noemi Samson says:

    I like that you used laidback music for this vid. Its prolly my favorite vid of yours so far.

  31. Green Dogs says:

    great!!! thx:)

  32. Seratonia says:

    thats one beautiful places..we dont have that in the UK

  33. Flashing forbodeances of the golden dwarf city says:

    How about a regular motor home?

  34. cuteblackberry1 says:

    Comment from London, great inspiring video. Empowering to see women, going solo & living light. I am in process of downsizing.selling my ๐Ÿ . Tired of living for the mortgage! I plan to buy a mini Bambi camper. Thank you for inspiring women across the globe, to make alternative living choices. Love watching all the wonderful videos.

  35. Patra P says:

    She talks so fast, take a breath gal…… Luv yo van thou

  36. ekisukmars says:

    Big plus when you put meme on your video ! ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜˜

  37. Richard Snodgrass says:

    She seems like the sweetest person. I hope she enjoy's herself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Pinki's Vantastic Life says:

    โค๏ธ this setup

  39. Adarsh GUPTA says:

    6:03 – besides life! I miss my Dad :'(

  40. Luweeh Kitchen says:

    beautiful place

  41. Anne Bell says:

    You know Dylan, I was one week away from hitting the road and doing exactly this. But life happens, and my beautiful grand daughters were faced with very sad and unfortunate circumstances and were going to split up as a result. Fast forwarding a few years…the girls are now settled and quite happy TOGETHER … as they should be โ€ฆ and we are ALL hitting the road this spring. The public school system doesn't have "healing of the hearts" on the curriculum and I think its time for a VERY LONG overdue family adventure of sorts…LOL…Home schooling is so much more common now a days and it will be an experience they will remember for their entire lives. Hope you can drop by and see us all living the dream while we cruise the Alaskan highway and look over the grand canyon (and so many other wonderful things)…Just like this lovely girl in the video, waking up to a new scene every day is just what the doctor ordered for these lovely little girls I call my own now. Life is good. Thanks for a great video. Wishing you safe travels, because of course, "It's A Wander-FULL Life" indeed!

  42. Ruby Q says:

    Absolutely beautiful. This is how I want to live. Free!

  43. lidkoping07 says:

    I'm seriously laughing out loud – this girl is hilarious!! Brave, cleaver, and hilarious. Wish you all the best in life

  44. Richard Mond says:

    pity about the tattoos

  45. bastek. says:

    Very nice van๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ

  46. Karina says:

    cool chick

  47. meow miss says:

    pretty sure that a bird got caught in her hair and built a nest back there.

  48. Heidi Stirm says:

    The more you own the more it owns you.

  49. Camille Perron says:

    She's so cheerful !!! Love her energy

  50. Tiffany says:

    Itโ€™s awesome sheโ€™s having fun and all, but she should really take better care of her hair! Unless she is actually going for that dreads look on purpose. Iโ€™m not trying to be superficial here, but you would be surprised with how much better a person can feel when they take proper care of themselves. I know I feel a lot happier when I look nice vs my hair looking ratty and frizzy as heck.

  51. Odin says:

    What a happy soul. Bet everyone she spends time with leaves in a good mood.

  52. Trusting Your Process says:

    I am starting this lifestyle for many of the same reasons. Existing is too easy but cost you so much in terms of your health. Living in my van is going to help me shift my mindset back to its right station,

  53. Lynnette mendoza/hutchison says:

    Bathroom ???

  54. Lynnette mendoza/hutchison says:

    It's a busy man and girl brush your hair please

  55. Flower of Life says:

    so true what she is saying About nexflif!

  56. Forrest Corral says:

    Loved it. Need more people like u…

  57. Grey Sky says:

    coziest looking van I've seen so far.

  58. timbomuffin says:

    God it's like living in the 1960s very hardcore well done for living the dream and not spending ยฃ1000000.000 doing it.๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘

  59. Rosa Bivins says:

    Great advice love it ..thanks for sharing ๐Ÿค—

  60. Randyl J says:

    Is she in British Columbia? I'd love to see what she does for winter.

  61. Dron Super says:

    ะถะพะฟะบะฐ ั…ะพั€ะพัˆะฐั

  62. JazzysClassicJazz says:

    Cool i habe a 1995 Chevy G20….

  63. Alexis Tosta says:

    That van is so full of stuff. Hahaha

  64. Space Chick says:

    Mila Kunis blonde version ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Gee Speller says:

    Love your voice

  66. Zip Zenac says:

    Great condition for so old….the van I mean, ha ha.

  67. DogCat Party says:

    February 2019 Dylan Magastar video fans will probably enjoy the book, 'The Vertical Farm' by Dr. Dickson Despommier and (African American) Majora Carter. Carter has put in probably a million hours trying to help save endangered plants of the Pacific Northwest. She was interview on NPR National Public Radio about nine years ago. She should have her own daily show on NPR. Dr. D.D. has videos on You Tube. His book is being used, mostly for supermarkets in Asia. If their book was REALLY used, every endangered species would have a much better chance of surviving and even thriving, including humans.

  68. Ella Yancey says:

    Beautiful life

  69. C Everitt says:

    Never buy a suburu

  70. NOT kd says:

    she's like the woman of my dreams. she shouldn't change anything ever.

  71. be quieter says:

    You should really write a book on your experiences. You touch on so many important aspects of life in this video. You could help a lot of people prioritize better things in their lives.

  72. judy hobday says:

    wild child. good for you.

  73. Julius Gavins says:


  74. Gio Bravo says:

    What happens when a van that old finally bites the dust?

  75. Louis Ramos says:


  76. Sophie Chandler says:

    Really annoying voice

  77. Sherri Hodges says:

    Still one of my favorite videos!

  78. NoL SoL says:

    living the dream girl, so inspiring <3 free as the wind

  79. Steaven Dykes says:

    Lol……she's so happy she can barely speak through the laughter…..either that or her very speech is laughter.

  80. Sno Win says:

    Did anyone see that scary ghost @8:04 โ˜ ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ปโ˜ ๏ธ

  81. Tim McNamara says:

    Great job ! Enjoy life

  82. Ineke says:

    I wish you could give a double thumbs up!

  83. Rick jobling says:

    Man o man .. you have so little ..but gained everythingkts .. toataly fabbo … ๐Ÿ˜

  84. jonah levi? says:

    I like this girl such a story teller

  85. SlightlyOddWorld says:

    Awesome woman!!

  86. Tranquility Travels says:

    I love vintage vans. This is a well loved home, you can tell she loves those books most of all.

  87. Odin says:

    What a beautiful soul.

  88. Angie Moland says:

    Certain humans are so weird. How is it to think it's weird to see bears in their habitat? Or to expect them not to be there. I am lost.

  89. Angie Moland says:

    I learned a lot though. Nice video.

  90. Mona Iqbal says:

    People have their lives sorted out so well. I'm such a mess.

  91. Chris Main says:

    ive got to meet her

  92. Lori Wheeler says:

    ok, the two thing you didn't address was the toilet and showers

  93. Lass-in Angeles says:

    So much talking, my ears are hurting. Best with sound off.

  94. Michael Melling says:

    I admire your strong sense of adventure and your independence. Stay safe and may God bless you!

  95. FATHER OF CAIN says:


  96. d cp says:

    I bet she smell like onion

  97. John Saylor says:

    Like, like, like, like, like,like

  98. Ryan M. says:

    Where do you go to shower?

  99. Tory says:


  100. Michelle Cella Schleis says:

    Real…seriously love this and what she has done! Do it and stop living a lie! xxoo Cella

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