Today is a big day! It’s been 100 days since I first set out in this rickety plumber’s van. Somehow it hasn’t broken down after travelling nearly 17,000kms across all of Canada’s provinces (wohoo!!). And this isn’t even the end of the trip—I loaded my van with the things I care about most and still intend to find a town or city in BC to settle in. It’s quite the milestone for me because it surprisingly feels like the time has absolutely flown by. And you know what they say, “Time flies when you’re living in a van!” Wisdom for the ages…
I wasn’t sure what the outcome of a trip like this would look like; would I get bored or lonely? Would it be underwhelming? Would I miss having a home and a regular schedule? I couldn't know the outcome but I was clear on my intentions on this adventure. I wanted to experiment in extended solo travelling, getting away from screens and into nature, living in a tiny, mobile space with few possessions, getting to know complete strangers, and experiencing life in different towns and cities across our country. For anyone following along, I’m happy to report that it’s been a great success.
It became clear within about a month that for everything I deprived myself off, I gained right back (and sometimes twofold or more) in other areas. For 100 days, I haven’t had running water, a private washroom, or regular showers (thank god for lakes & oceans). I don’t have ready access to a TV or Netflix, a kitchen to cook in, or even an Internet connection to do, well, everything with. I’m experiencing what it’s like to live without my close friends nearby, to sleep in a new and foreign place every night, and to not have those nice relaxing nights on the couch where you get to veg out and watch Love It or List It.
But it’s amazing when you learn what you really need. We seriously don’t need much at all. And, to the contrary, it doesn’t feel like deprivation; it feels more like comfortable freedom. I’ve given up a lot to try out this lifestyle, but it’s given back even more. [CONT. in the comments because apparently I've got a mouth full...]
Entering the magical forest on our way up to the summit. I was hiking the Sea To The Summit Trail the first time with a bunch of great ppl. We managed to reach the summit after 5 hours. Usually it takes 3.5 hours to go up. I have to admit that we took a lot of breaks for photos and boomerangs. If you followed my IG stories back then you will remember. SO MUCH FUN! The second time I hiked this trail we only needed 2.5/3 hours and took less boomerangs tho. 😄 One of my favourite trails in BC. #ohcanada#explorebc#hellobc