Van Dwelling Voyage: A Journey to Escape the Rat Race, Live Anywhere, and Rediscover the American Dream

| January 3, 2018


At 22, Charlie West was fresh out of college and, like all young adults, was about to come face to face with the most terrifying thing imaginable: the Real World. Crappy jobs, worse housing, outlandish rent, and the prospect of a soul-sucking life in Corporate America all loomed on the horizon. Filled with doubt and uncertainty for the future, it was clear that a bold action was needed to escape this dreaded Rat Race and stave off the “quiet desperation” which engulfs so many people as they move into adulthood.

Inspired by fictional heroes such as Tyler Durden, and real life ones like Kerouac and Thoreau, West impulsively decided to move into a van in search of the freedom he so desperately wanted. Navigating the rough streets of south Boston, getting stranded in a blizzard in the Colorado Mountains, and dealing with the anxieties and uncertainties of such a crazy endeavor, Charlie eventually found his way to the heart of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay. Here he befriended other “Homeless Hackers,” and lived for a year amidst the world’s most powerful tech companies- and the nation’s largest housing crisis.

What began as a quest to escape insane rent and dire living conditions became a journey of reflection and self-discovery, with insights into…

  • The Quarter Life Crisis, and the trials of young adults as they come of age
  • The struggles of working Americans trying to get ahead
  • The paradox of working your entire life to buy things you don’t need and will hardly ever use
  • The search for true meaning in a world dominated by consumerism and conformity

Van Dwelling Voyage is a must read for anyone interested in a life of freedom, adventure, and significance. If this sounds like you, then get ready to, as Hunter S. Thompson would say, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

“How to Live in a Van” Guide

For all the aspiring van dwellers out there, this thorough guide covers everything you’ll need to know to get started, such as…

  • How to choose a vehicle and build it out
  • Where to live
  • How to maintain stealth
  • How to go about your daily tasks, such as hygiene and errands

You’ll also find valuable information that you won’t see in any other guide, including:

  • The 4 Main Types of Van Dwellers and how they live
  • How to set up a “Base Camp” to move into your vehicle effectively
  • How to Compartmentalize your life
  • How to establish Routines and Time Blocks to minimize the stress of vehicle dwelling
  • How to create compelling alibis to maintain secrecy
  • How you can use a Coworking space to outsource your kitchen, bathroom, and office, all while on a budget

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