Van Life Honest Review

6 Months In

Adrian Brambila
6 min readJun 24, 2021


I wanted to make this post because I’ve been doing van life for 6 months. Our adventure, which started in California, has taken us across Florida and all the way up to Oregon. If you would’ve told me 5 years ago that I would be living in a van, I wouldn’t have believed you. I would’ve thought that I failed in life. Turns out, living in a van is actually quite amazing.

I want to give you my honest opinion and perspective. I want to talk about both the great parts of van life and the not-so-great parts that make me look forward to living in a regular home.

The Adjusting Period

The beginning of van life was an adjusting period. To live in such a small space — maybe 25 to 50 square feet — is a big change to get used to. My wife and I adopted the phrase “spatial awareness” because of how small our space is. We found strategic positions in the van that would allow us to move effectively and efficiently without bothering each other. It was things that made this adjusting period not difficult, but different. Finding a sense of normalcy took some time.

My Relationship

It goes without saying that van life is not for everyone, whether you are a solo traveler or are traveling with a significant other or friend. My wife and I have been married 5 years prior to van life. We have an amazing relationship and the only time we ever fight is when we are hangry. I think our relationship is actually better because of van life. We have experienced so much beauty and wonder together. That being said, if you don’t already have a strong relationship, I don’t think living in a van is for you.

The Outdoors

One of my favorite parts about van life is being outside. Prior to van life, the amount of time I spent outside was minimal. I was looking at screens…



Adrian Brambila

Made $1M in a Year from Side Hustles Ex-Pro dancer (T-Pain, Step Up 3)