THE VAN PLAN

Matthew and I have come up with a pretty ambitious goal. The reasoning behind it being that you need to aim for the moon, and if you fall you’ll land on the stars…or something like that. But we are certain that we will land on the moon, because we do have the ambition and the motivation for it. Unfortunately not the money, but lets just hope that comes later.

The plan is as follows:

1. Buy a van

2. Renovate it into a Dog walking van

3. Renovate it into a burger van

4. Renovate it into a hashtag van life van, and live in it while we travel around Europe and Asia.

The point we are stumbling on is the first one. Unfortunately, vans are pretty pricey. We have set up a savings plan and are aiming to have a semi-decent used van by Summer 2019. The goal is a big one, a Mercedes Sprinter, with the big bad long body. once we get that, we strip it down so that the inside is just the basic shell of the van.

Together we will construct a timer frame which will hold around 6 dog cages, and a shelf for storing old towels, leads, treats for us, treats for the dogs….etc. Then we go exploring, with some dogs, up Northern Scotland. We will climb Munros and take them to the coastal beaches that we love about Scotland. And we will get paid by the owners. This isn’t the biggest money maker, but we would already be out walking and exploring Scotland, so why not get paid to take some dogs with us.

Then from September onward when we go back to uni, we will dedicate a bit of time each month to stripping the van back to its original shell. After that we will turn it into something similar to a burger van – except less burgers and more fun summer food. More on that when we actually think more about it, Anyway that’s for Summer of 2020, so a long time away.

We would be keen on getting a permit for various locations around the UK, and again travelling around as we make money. Serving burgers or smoothies or whatever else we can think of.

The following summer is where it gets fun. We want to spend a year renovating the van into a van that we can live out of. Fit with a double bed, a toilet, kitchen sink, cooker and every other one of your home comforts. This will be summer of 2021, we graduate in May and will then be freeeeee to go wherever and do whatever without being tied to deadlines and scary attendance emails.

Our goal is to travel around all of Europe and Asia, picking up work on odd jobs along the way to keep the trip funded.

I know me and Matthew, and I know we can make it work. for the next 6 months, not a lot will be happening, its just a saving game. As soon as we buy the van however, let the fun begin!

Getting Started…Again

Hello to all 2 of my readers!

This is just a quick blog to say – I am going to properly (yes, properly) get into blogging now. Now that I’ve put it out there, I need to do it. That’s how it works, right?

I have so many ideas – and so many fears – for this blog but I just desperately want it to pick up and go somewhere. Even if that somewhere is actually only to my boyfriend’s computer screen (Hi, Matthew) then I’ll still be happy. Because in the process I’ll gain writing experience, time to reflect, and something to look back on later on in my life.
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I want to write about planning and going on all of our holidays – tips and hints and stories and photos from all around the world. From Europe to Australia, and America to Africa, we are hardly short on travelling experience. We are also planning on buying a van and converting it into a million different things. Yep, a million. Seriously, you should see our Van Plan notebook.

 

On top of this we are full time students with 2 part time jobs each and we own a lovely Bengal kitten, Luna. So our life together is full of amazing stories worth blogging about. And ranting about; studying and working so often is not fun.

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Anyway, although I will be writing this blog selfishly for me, it will be so magical if someone reading it actually takes an interest in our busy, adventurous, wonderful life. Here’s to the blog, who knows where it might take us!

Let me know your thoughts if there is anything you’d like me to write about 🙂20180608_145433

So…Where to start?

I’m jumping right into the deep end with blogging – I’ve never even tried it before. Recently I’ve had a lot of experiences where it seems to be ‘calling out to me’, so I figured, why not do it? I went straight for a self-hosted site, I’ll be paying to keep my spot there every month. I’m hoping this means I’ll get started a lot quicker and at some point, if I dream hard enough, maybe I’ll even get a little money from it.

The blog is going to be mostly orientated around travel to begin with. After a looong time, when I have regular readers, I’ll maybe expand and write about some different but just as interesting things. This blog post in particular is a bit more personal than the rest will be, since I’m just getting started. With that in mind, here’s a bit about me:

I’m Karys, I’m 18 and I’m a full-time Linguistics student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. When I was younger, an annual family holiday was a standard thing. We went to places like Greece, the Canary Islands or we would take our caravan to a small town up by Dundee. These all ignited my passion for travel. Maybe it was because I loved family time so much, and it had to be heightened in a small 5 meter squared box that we called home for the week. Subconsciously I probably started linking travelling with happiness and family. Orrr maybe it was just because being on holiday is SO much better than being at home. Anyway, these aren’t the important trips!

When I was 12 I started funding my own trips to compete in Tae Kwon Do competitions over the UK. My first one was the World Cup in Brighton, a big city down the very south of England. I started baking cakes and selling them around my neighbour’s doors, this is how I ended up funding all my trips until I got a job at 16! Between 12 and 14 I paid for myself to go all over the UK and Ireland, and at 15 I paid for my first big trip.

My school put on a week-long trip to New York and Washington DC and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and ran. Thankfully, my mum believed that I could raise the £1500 required in the 9 months that was given….and she was right. Where there’s a will there’s a way! 15 year old me set off on this trip of a lifetime and now, 2 and a half years later, I’m going back!

In between then and now I’ve funded a 4 week long £4000 trip To Ecuador, South America. I’ve also visited Amsterdam, Cape Verde (an Island off the west coast of Africa), Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the east coast of Australia. Me and my boyfriend Matthew also backpacked around Wales for a week, went up north to camp in Inverness and drove all the way to the Isle of Skye (at 4 in the morning), went down south for a week in London and camped in the Lake district for a couple of nights.

Next week me and Matthew are heading off to NYC and the following week we head back to Denmark, exactly a year from the last time we visited!

So long story short; I’ve seen some of the world, and in the future I plan on seeing a lot more. This blog is going to be a way to document my experience, and I’ll include hints and tips if I ever discover any! Head over to my first official blog post where I talk about my recent experience in Australia.

If you have any ideas or questions or comments, please do let me know in the comment section. When I figure it all out, I’ll be reading through and taking them on board!

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