2020 has been one hell of a ride. The pandemic has changed the way we work, eat, and move about our day to day. It has also changed the way we travel. But while air travel sunk to an all-time low, the pandemic has fueled interest in recreational vehicles—RVs, campervans, and travel trailers. According to a recent report, RV sales are up a whopping 170 percent.
When it comes to van life, traveling duo Katie and Ben have been ahead of the curve. The high school sweethearts-turned-full-time-travelers have been vacationing since 2014, with their adventures taking many shapes and forms. “We’ve been through a lot together,” they write on their website, “awkward teenage years, college, long-distance, traveling together 24/7—and at the end of it all, we still sorta like each other,” they add, jokingly.
“The kind of crazy thing is we bought our van in early February, back when life was ‘normal,'” they reflected in a recent Instagram post. “And we had been planning the purchase for about a year before that. But serendipitously this is the only way we’ll be traveling for the foreseeable future it seems.”
Now, they hope to share their knowledge with others, teaching the ins and outs of van traveling. According to the seasoned couple, the big advantage of van life is you can avoid as much human interaction as possible. “We can cook for ourselves. We don’t need to stay in hotels. We can avoid most public bathrooms. It’s kind of perfect right now,” they note.
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