There is a pretty big possibility that we (my husband, dog, and I) are going to go even tinier than this tiny apartment we currently reside in. We are seriously considering selling most of our stuff, and moving into an RV full time.
Housing costs have sky-rocketed in the province of British Columbia (thanks, Vancouver, and your dang housing crisis!), which is where we live, and we are fed up with it all. Although our apartment building is rent controlled, we are in the midst of this huge housing crisis that is continually growing worse.
In our neighbourhood (downtown Vancouver’s West End), for example, older, low-rise buildings are being torn down one after another and slick, shiny condominium towers are going up in their place. Single-story commercial buildings lining Davie Street are also being torn down. It’s slowly losing its charm and becoming a shiny, new, elitist neighbourhood completely devoid of soul or character. People displaced from those low-rise apartments can no longer afford to stay in the neighbourhood that’s been their home for decades (in many cases), and are being forced to start over somewhere new. Some of them end up homeless. There are more homeless people living on the streets of Vancouver than ever before.
It’s painful to see what’s happening to the neighbourhood we have loved for so long. So we feel the need to leave.
We are fortunate in that we both work from wherever we happen to have an internet connection. So we could live anywhere, really. This kind of makes me want to move to Halifax! But the reality of it is that we don’t want to live that far away from our families. Canada is a very big place. If we move to the other side of the country, it’s just too dang far from all the people we love on this side.
So, after a great deal of thought and discussion, visiting different cities across Western Canada, weighing various pros and cons, looking at apartments in many different cities and neighbourhoods, we have decided we can’t commit to anything at this point. We are going to get an RV and live in that for a while.
It’s kind of brilliant, if you think about it. You can try on any city you want for a while, and if you hate it, you can just drive your house to the next place. It’s the ultimate way of life for restless, nomadic souls like my husband and me.
It won’t be as big a downsize as our move to the tiny apartment was. It’s simply the next step. A natural progression, really.
And we are SO excited about it! This move, if all goes to plan, will happen towards the end of summer. This is a perfect time for the move for three reasons: a) we get to spend the summer in Vancouver; b) it’s the best time to buy an RV because lots of them are sold at the end of summer and you can get great deals; and c) my husband will have ample time to get his business launched during the early part of the summer and by the end of the summer, it will be a much less stressful time for a move.
Also, if all goes to plan, we hope to spend a couple of years living this nomadic lifestyle, during which time we will save up enough money to buy a hunk of land somewhere (probably in the Okanagan area), and build a container home on it. This is the dream.
So, my question is: does anyone have any advice or helpful tips for someone considering living in an RV full time for a couple of years? I’d love to hear from anyone who’s done it or is doing it, some of the pros and cons, or anything, really.
Thanks for reading!