I set off in 2014, living in my van and travelling. Four years of living nomadically. Four birthdays on the road. Woah.
So in this post I’ll go over some of the highlights from 2017 in 40 photos.
Also see 2016’s best bits here: Living in a van and travelling – highlights of 2016 in 40 photos
I started 2017 in Sardinia, Italy
I came here to escape winter… and to work on my book
See the tour of Sardinia here: Sardinia by campervan – highlights in 16 photos
I promised myself I wouldn’t leave the island until the draft was complete
I stayed in only quiet spots
I didn’t see or speak to anyone for weeks. Months.
But I knew I was in the right place
I camped above a cave
And explored the coast
The book draft was finally complete. I got a boat to Sicily
I drove through The Valley of the Temples
And then I tried to to walk up Mt. Etna
See post (with video): The biggest volcano in Europe – by campervan and foot – with video
I Stopped off in Naples – home of pizza and crazy driving
But my mind was so focused on making the book work
I forgot about travel or anything else. All I could think about was the book. This video might give you an idea: Announcement: About my next book, How to Live in a Van and Travel
I followed that stomach feeling and took a flight to Nepal
I sat alone in the mountains for 4 days with just water and a tarpaulin
And then trekked through the jungle and saw Rhinos, elephants and crocodiles
We swam in the croc-water
I stayed in an actual hotel costing $2.50 per night
All of this gave me what I needed to release the book
And to remind me that I am nature
And that you don’t have to be a designer, editor, writer, photographer or author to make a book
Back to Rome. Back to the van. I drove north
I took the scenic route north. Headed to Berlin
Through some of Italy’s finest countryside
Picture below is Civita di Bagnoregio
Stopped at The Freqs of Nature Festival – Germany
Met some some inspiring people (Bastl Instruments) who introduced me to modular synthesisers
Some of my home-friends came to visit
Meanwhile, people were buying my book and enjoying it. Thank you!
I got to Berlin an stayed with some other city van dwellers
And signed a few of my books in the street
There’s no other place like Berlin in the summer
This huge former airfield was my back garden
I went back to England
Service the van
See some people
Finn got his licence! He’s been living in his van in England for over a year. Want to see his DIY van-home? see this post: Van tour: He lives by the woods in his £1500 van – in England – in winter
And to build a modular synthesiser
Does anyone else think there are more campervans on the streets?
A quick fight to Morocco for Christmas with friends
And a gallop on the beach at sunset
Here’s to another brilliant year
For joining in by commenting and sharing the blog, and sending me nice messages of support. I appreciate it. Some of you have been reading this blog for years now, maybe since 2014.
My life has evolved in many ways thanks to this whole van thing. I’ve been able to follow paths that interest me and grow in ways I never imagined. I’ve tried my best to follow gut feelings and curiosity every step of the way. That’s how I want to continue living. Because that’s where life is, for me at least.
And it’s really really cool to be able to document this part of my life on this blog. I’m glad I’m able to share it with so many people.
Also, let me know if there are any posts you’d like to see me do in the near future. Is there any information you’d like me to cover in 2018? let me know in the comments below