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Will Prowse was living in an RV for 7 years.  He just sold it and everything he owns and has started travelling.
Thought some might find it interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/user/errolprowse

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2017, 06:50:14 AM »
He's quickly demonstrating how going with no plan is a waste of time and money. Not saying he should be living like a tourist, but all he's managing to do is walk all around Hong Kong, and now Tokyo without doing a damn thing...but walk the streets. I'm following his journey because it is still intriguing. However, I would at least research something about where i as going instead of randomly riding buses around the city all day.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 10:44:07 AM »
He already gave up on travelling and just came back and bought a new van.  That was fast.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 10:52:42 AM »
He already gave up on travelling and just came back and bought a new van.  That was fast.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 10:56:58 AM »
I saw that too. Like Late Bloomer said, all he did was walk around Hong Kong and Tokyo not doing anything other than making videos of himself walking around and talking to himself. I would be bored after a couple days too.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 11:05:56 AM »
Yeah, he's good at the van living thing, but he's not a good traveler lol. He totally missed out on all the good food!

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2017, 11:08:53 PM »
He discovered that he didn't like 'that' kind of travelling.  That's ok.
He also discovered that he's getting tired of van life (after 7 years).  That's ok. 

The videos, where he provided tips for those considering a similar van dwelling lifestyle, were very good.
He'll continue to make more van customization videos.  However, he's looking for a different lifestyle now.  (i.e. getting an apartment)

He does what he wants and (more importantly) he does what makes him happy.

I respect that.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 09:45:28 PM »
He discovered that he didn't like 'that' kind of travelling.  That's ok.

Is there anyone that likes the kind of travel he was doing?

He did it poorly, for, what, a few weeks? A few months, maybe?

Maybe change what you're doing, instead of deciding it's bad.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2017, 12:41:54 PM »
He now lives out of a mini-van.  What does he do all day?  You can't stay inside a mini-van all day and not go nuts.
I could see doing it for a short time and then going home, but that is his home.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2017, 01:11:34 PM »
He now lives out of a mini-van.  What does he do all day?  You can't stay inside a mini-van all day and not go nuts.
I could see doing it for a short time and then going home, but that is his home.

Plenty of people do what is now commonly called "vanlife."  You don't stay inside it all day.

We have 3 of us in a 21'6" RV (a fairly small RV; for comparison's sake, a Ford F350 truck, is 20'10", so ours is just 8" longer than a big truck).  We're inside sometimes, but also outdoors quite a lot.

C40 lives in a van, you should check out his journal and blog. Just scroll down the main page of the blog for pics of his van setup.  :)
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2017, 06:40:08 AM »
He now wants to buy a house.  Guess mini-van life got to him.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2017, 07:30:36 AM »
Sounds like he just doesn't know what he wants.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2017, 01:44:54 AM »
Sounds like he just doesn't know what he wants.

Very few of us know what we want. I certainly can respect people who are out there trying different things. Of course most people don't live out that trial and error on the internet for other people to discuss. I'm sure my life would seem pretty frivolous if it were reduced to videos I made when I had a new idea or life theory to try out.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2017, 06:53:11 AM »
He now lives out of a mini-van.  What does he do all day?  You can't stay inside a mini-van all day and not go nuts.
I could see doing it for a short time and then going home, but that is his home.

Plenty of people do what is now commonly called "vanlife."  You don't stay inside it all day.

We have 3 of us in a 21'6" RV (a fairly small RV; for comparison's sake, a Ford F350 truck, is 20'10", so ours is just 8" longer than a big truck).  We're inside sometimes, but also outdoors quite a lot.

C40 lives in a van, you should check out his journal and blog. Just scroll down the main page of the blog for pics of his van setup.  :)

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2017, 09:57:51 AM »
He now lives out of a mini-van.  What does he do all day?  You can't stay inside a mini-van all day and not go nuts.
I could see doing it for a short time and then going home, but that is his home.

Plenty of people do what is now commonly called "vanlife."  You don't stay inside it all day.

We have 3 of us in a 21'6" RV (a fairly small RV; for comparison's sake, a Ford F350 truck, is 20'10", so ours is just 8" longer than a big truck).  We're inside sometimes, but also outdoors quite a lot.

C40 lives in a van, you should check out his journal and blog. Just scroll down the main page of the blog for pics of his van setup.  :)
I'm trying out the mini van life with a rental (trying before buying). While I know its not for me long term I find that it's great for short term travel/camping for a couple of months at a time.  If I didn't have a dog I could see doing it long term like C40 though. Too restrictive for me with a dog.  But I do think the YouTube guy needs to give things a bit more time. It takes awhile to adjust to changes and he seems to make decisions about things fast. Not that there's anything wrong with that if he's flexible.

And no, no one stays inside when travelling in a van or truck or RV or tent or even motels. That kind of defeats the purpose of "travel". Sure you need to stay inside sometimes due to weather or illness but otherwise you just live like you do anywhere else if you are a fairly active person.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2017, 02:48:53 PM »
Sounds like he just doesn't know what he wants.

Very few of us know what we want. I certainly can respect people who are out there trying different things. Of course most people don't live out that trial and error on the internet for other people to discuss. I'm sure my life would seem pretty frivolous if it were reduced to videos I made when I had a new idea or life theory to try out.
I'm all for trying things out. I recently encouraged someone at a Seattle MMM meetup to try out a similar arrangement.

Hopping from one thing to another after a very brief period though isn't really even giving it a fair shake.

Most of us aren't sure if we want to do something, so we try it out.  It seems like he's not sure if he even wants to want it, leading to rapid switches.

I just think it would behoove him to think about what he wants before trying things seemingly at random.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2017, 08:30:21 AM »
Hopping from one thing to another after a very brief period though isn't really even giving it a fair shake.

Most of us aren't sure if we want to do something, so we try it out.  It seems like he's not sure if he even wants to want it, leading to rapid switches.

I just think it would behoove him to think about what he wants before trying things seemingly at random.

Yeah, his behavior does seem to indicate a certain level of desperation. I think people who are "living the dream" (and I certainly am among those people) can get a bit despondent when it doesn't make them as happy as they thought it would. I can understand his urge to make rapid-fire, half-hearted attempts to try new things when he got sick of #vanlife or whatever.

It can be hard sometimes when you live a life that everyone constantly tells you is amazing, but you're sick of it.

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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2017, 11:29:54 AM »
Totally.

Very well said.
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Re: Youtuber who lived in RV sold everything and is now traveling
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2017, 08:15:05 PM »
Hopping from one thing to another after a very brief period though isn't really even giving it a fair shake.

Most of us aren't sure if we want to do something, so we try it out.  It seems like he's not sure if he even wants to want it, leading to rapid switches.

I just think it would behoove him to think about what he wants before trying things seemingly at random.

Yeah, his behavior does seem to indicate a certain level of desperation. I think people who are "living the dream" (and I certainly am among those people) can get a bit despondent when it doesn't make them as happy as they thought it would. I can understand his urge to make rapid-fire, half-hearted attempts to try new things when he got sick of #vanlife or whatever.

It can be hard sometimes when you live a life that everyone constantly tells you is amazing, but you're sick of it.
This^. I think people spend so many years holding a vision of their RE that when the reality hits it can be a bit disappointing if it's less than that vision. I think this is natural when it comes to any big build-up. Sometimes it's exactly like you imagined. Sometimes it's better. Sometimes it's worse. And sometimes you just want to throw in the towel asap and run far far away  ;-).

 I think all of us have been there whether its RE, a job, a house, a hood, a hobby, an SO, etc... And like with most things, it takes some time to work out the wrinkles and see if the "new thing" fits or not. Running off before giving something a chance just leaves you feeling defeated.

However the great thing about FIRE is you CAN throw in the towel and try something new if what you planned didn't work out. I try not to look at things as failures but as new knowledge gained about what things I don't like. I can close the book on those things and move onto new exciting opportunities. And I don't fault FIRE for those "fails". I don't say that because the thing I tried was sucky therefore FIRE is sucky and head back into the working world. I just say oh well THAT sucked but maybe the next thing will be great.

Of course it helps if you don't sink all your assets into a sailboat to sail around the world until you know if you actually like sailing first ;-).
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