I never used to be into food. It always got in the way.
My days now revolve around food. I love to prepare it and I love to eat it.
It’s a bit more difficult to live in a van during the winter when it’s colder…
Alright, it’s not that bad, but it did snow the other day here in Athens
So here are 6 things to make winter more comfortable:
Keeping the van watertight is important. I went round the gutter of the roof and filled in any gaps and cracks that have emerged over time.
There’s still the odd night here in Greece when the night-time temperature goes below the comfort level, but it’s generally just about OK. (see post – where to go for winter)
Some things I do to keep warm in the van:
Before I set off in March 2014 I had no jacket, so I decided to ask nicely for one. I emailed Rab clothing (based in Sheffield, where I lived – they do outdoor gear) explaining what I was doing, and that I need a warm jacket. They gave me this really warm down jacket and wished me luck on my adventure. I was amazed. Very cool company, and the jacket has proven to be an essential bit of kit for vanlife. It’s ultra warm.
It’s easy to get run down when it’s cold, but good food makes a big difference. I’m mostly cooking hot stew kind of things with plenty of garlic, turmeric and spices. (see carpark cooking stew post)
There’s nothing like huddling round a fire, with people, music, cats, dogs and blankets. It’s so nice! (see Jedi Academy post)
What would be essential for you, living in a van? I think things like a hot water bottle makes a huge difference to happiness in the cold…
You probably already know that one of my missions whilst I’m travelling around is to make this blog actually work. I want to make it good!
I think I should share with you, from time time, how things are going with it. So that’s what this post is. I also want to thank you for reading, sharing and commenting. It’s so cool!
I have been finding it difficult to keep up with all your messages. Thank you everyone for your support. It’s really encouraging.
Vandogtraveller was featured on a website (here), it got shared, shared again and this whole snowball effect happened. Within a few days it was featured on some news sites, from China to England.
There are interview requests, live radio shows and even a feature in an upcoming book on nomad living.
There is too much traffic for the server to cope!
I need you off my server ASAP I’m afraid, I can’t put up with this any more
It means a lot to me that people are enjoying this blog and getting something out of it. I just never planned for this amount of traffic. Please get in touch if you can help or have any suggestions.
This blog is a fair amount of hard work, but I love doing it, and there’s loads more to come (yeah subscribe). And if you see an error when trying to access the site, I didn’t get bored and close the blog, it’s just overloaded.
As always, I love to hear any feedback, requests etc. to help me make this blog better
Here are the products I used and recommend for preparation stages of my van conversion.
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Gives heavy duty protection to the areas underneath of your vehicle that are prone to corrosion. I used this for the whole floor area and the wheel arches. It’s really tough and has a gummy feel to it when set.
A powerful rust killer and and also prevents further rust. This is mainly used in the difficult to reach and hidden areas like the inside of box sections and doors for example.
Quality and tough metal paint that will protect metal for years to come. I used a lot of this on my van, for inside and out.
This chemically converts the rust and forms a protective chemical barrier. This is probably the best stuff available. It’s used on vessels and legs of oil platforms. I used a lot of this on my van.
This is the fibreglass kit I used to fix rust holes in my van and also to fix water leaks. It can be used for so many things. I used two of these kits and then an extra bottle of resin. The kit comes with everything you need
Saves a lot of time removing loose paint and flaky rust before treating and painting. I bought this set with different sizes, to reach every little corner
Removing rust is a horrible job. It will get in your eyes if you don’t get glasses. Get glasses! trust me.
I always got these cheap paint brushes unless I’m trying to do a really neat paint job. Otherwise, these are perfect for slapping on rust converter, under sealer and metal paint etc.
I said it was messy. Two of these sheets will save you a lot of time having to scrape paint off the floor.
The night I arrived at the Jedi Academy (see post), I joined a circle of people gathered around a guy, who was assembling a guitar under the light of a candle.
Christian converted his acoustic guitar into something that can fold up, and also be used as a suitcase for his clothes. He attaches it to his bike and travels Europe. I needed to show you this…
He talked us through how he made it in great detail as he was assembling it.
With people like this, I knew I’d come to the right place. Check this out:
Christian has been travelling Europe by bike for 4 months, starting in Germany. He’s now heading for Istanbul.
Fold up travelling guitar. What do you think?