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!