Five Card Story: Van Life: Fulfilling or Not?

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a Five Card Flickr story by Leah-Marie D Duarte created Sep 22 2021, 12:35:19 am. Create a new one!

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Introduction: (Pic 1)
Life is meant to be full of exciting moments. Therefore, many people take it upon themselves to reconstruct a van to travel across the world and create memories.

(Pic 2):
Vanlifers have an amazing chance in discovering parts of not only the world but also uncover unknowing parts of themselves. Whilst being alone can be detrimental to mental health, there is also a strong possibility in finding peace and prosperity. Being in solitude in front of beautiful sightings can metaphorically bring one’s life full circle. In a way, it gives purpose to someone who feels as if their life was lacking

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Having the freedom to travel where you want can lead you to places like the ocean, national parks and even monuments. If someone lives solely on one coast, it’s exciting to travel to another coast as well as see animals they have never seen in person before.

Counter Argument (Pic 3):
Whilst traveling full time may seem fulfilling, it can also cause a rut. The constant, on the move lifestyle, can become tiring quickly. Sometimes in order to maintain a fast paced lifestyle, it’s necessary to take a step back and adjust. To add, van life isn’t always the safest lifestyle to pursue. In fact, it can be quite dangerous, especially in newer areas. Many van lifers read the news and safety books to keep themselves secure.

At the end of the day, van life can bring one back to nature. Depending on the situation, those who are considering van life have to anticipate both the pros and cons. While remaining stagnant in one city may be the safest choice, the freedom of living in a van and experiencing nature while traveling can provide an excess amount of serotonin.

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