Travelling is expensive! Well, that the general consensus. But I’m here to dispose with that idea.
What is the real cost of living in a Van Full Time? Is it really “Expensive” Like so many think? Like us, there are many families, singles and couples giving up a ‘traditional life’ in the suburbs to pursue their dreams of long term travel.
We choose to live in a motorhome full time with our kids so we can pursue our goal of travel in a cost effective manner. Free camping where ever we can, living simply and frugally, exploring the best destinations in Europe.
You can do it too!
I’m going to outline the costs of full time motorhome living in Europe. But this budget can be applied to life in a Tiny Home or Full time Living in an RV or stealth camper.
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Should I Buy or Hire a motorhome?
Changing your lifestyle and becoming a ‘vanlifer’ means you will want to Purchase your Van. It is totally un-economical to hire or rent a van, motorhome or RV for a lengthy time.
I know this, because we did the maths on buying a new/second hand van compared to the cost of hiring a van over a year long trip.
There are lots of variables of course, but if you are going for a year or permanently it works out better for your back pocket to buy.
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Living in a Van Full Time
It doesn’t matter wether you are a family, couple or single, the ongoing expense categories will be the same. We all need to eat, park and adventure when travelling long term in a motorhome, however the total cost of each category will vary.
If you are not travelling, but are parked up permanently you can drop the travel related expenses from the budget.
A Quick Disclaimer:
We are a family of five and so these costs are based on a families living expenses and are given as monthly and yearly estimates only.
These are our current average monthly expenses living full time in our motorhome in Europe.
We live in a Adria Coral XL format (5 seat belts, 6 berth) and use gas (LPG) for cooking and heating and we brought it new, so as yet we have not incurred any service/repairs costs.
We cook most of our meals and only eat out occasionally, but our food costs include both eating out and grocery costs. Free camping and taking non-toll roads are what we aim for.
Budget – Monthly/Yearly Cost Breakdown
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Diesel & Ad Blu
Campsites/Parkings Overnight Stay Parking
Food and Alcohol
Entertainment Tours, Museums, Admission costs etc
Transport – Trains & Bus
Budget Points to Consider
Your van purchase cost will be your biggest outlay and is not included in the above Monthly/Yearly Budget Breakdown.
If you buy a secondhand motorhome you will need to factor in servicing/repairs cost to your budget also.
And last but not least, ongoing expenses to maintain assets like a permanent residence and insurances have not been taken into account. If you have these, you will need to add these to your budget also.
So now all you need to do is add that total to the outlay for your motorhome and you have the costing for your first year of travel through Europe living full time in your motorhome.
Its not as expensive as you thought is it!
It is totally possible and you can do it too.
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Becoming a Full Timer
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What do you think? Can you afford to be a full time Motorhome Living Family/Single/Couple? Leave a comment and let me know.
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