This is my vacation budget. The converted van, a good plan to save

Go where you want, when you want, without breaking the bank? It is possible with a fitted out van. Audrey has just returned from a two-month stay along the Adriatic with her companion and, rather than paying 1,000 euros on average for a week’s rental, these Bordeaux residents preferred to invest four years ago. “We bought a Renault Traffic for 6,000 euros. We chose a small model in order to be able to go everywhereexplains Audrey. The redevelopment cost us 2,000 more because we decided to put electricity there to be a little more independent.”

This independence has a price: that of gasoline. But, for the Bordelaise, not enough to question the trip. “Being at the hotel every day or even at the campsite, it necessarily costs more than sleeping in the van”she assures.

“Our big expense is gasoline, which cost us 1,500 euros. But we would have put a lot more in hotels or other means of transport.”

Leaving in a van means knowing how to organize yourself. You have to learn to anticipate your expenses and leave with the bare minimum. “For food, we will buy just what we need for the evening meal and for lunch. For water, we will provide enough for four showers, i.e. 10 liters maximum”details Audrey.

Last step before leaving by van: look where to park to sleep at night. As the parking areas are sometimes paying and very busy, you have to be a little resourceful to find the right spot: “We look on Google Earth where a path leads that we want to follow. We don’t like to sleep on the coast so we either look at the forest or the mountains. But that forces us to travel more be quiet.”

To enjoy the van, no need to travel the world. It is also possible to be tempted by short improvised stays. “We can go on a weekend to the beach on a whim and we won’t spend a lot. And, above all, we don’t just go back and forth, we really enjoy it!”, rejoices the Bordelaise. Next getaway for Audrey and her companion: the Pyrenees, for wild camping.

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