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"This Is The Dream": Woman Quits Dreary 9 To 5 Job To Live The 'Van-Life' With Her Boyfriend

"This Is The Dream": Woman Quits Dreary 9 To 5 Job To Live The 'Van-Life' With Her Boyfriend

Margareth Miller was working in financial consultancy before she decided to quit her job and live on the road with her partner.

While many just ponder about quitting their 9 to 5 jobs and pursuing what they feel like, very few actually go through with it. Margaret Miller, a 26-year-old from Minnesota who was working in financial consultancy had enough of her desk job and decided that she wanted to travel and live the 'van life', reports the Daily Mail.  She and her partner decided to sell everything they owned and bought a van which they then converted it into their personalized mobile home. They have already traveled to Europe and are planning many more adventures with it. While following one's passion is one thing, both Margareth and her partner earn by working online to supplement their income. Margareth met her partner, Ladi Jacminek while on a hitchhiking trip to New Zealand back in 2016. The two were in a long distance relationship for two years. While she had an idea to quit her job, she was also inspired by her boyfriend who himself was living the freewheeling life. 



 

She finally decided to take the big leap and quit her job and moved to Africa where she gave guided tours to tourists in different countries. Margareth said, "I'd already graduated from university and done the nine-to-five corporate job but I found I was always waiting for Friday and saving for the next trip. It took me a while to figure out that's not how I'm happy." She added, "Ladi and I did long distance for a while, then I sold everything I owned, threw a goodbye party and moved to Africa."


 
 
 
 
 
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Hakuna Matata, Tantor

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After going through the whole distance relationship for a couple of years and after "many flights to and fro, my partner and I decided to take on the van life again," Margareth said.  The two bought a second-hand 2007 Citroen Jumper van for $4,000 from the Czech Republic and spent another $2,000 in renovating it and converting the van into a mobile house. The results were more than what they hoped for and much better than their expectations. 

Ladi who himself is a carpenter played a big role in converting the nondescript vehicle into a cozy home for two complete with a double bed, kitchen, shower, a mini living room and a flat screen where they watch a number of Netflix shows. He made the fittings and furniture himself and with previous experience working for a motor-home company, he knew about the inner workings of the vehicle. They had space to construct even a small garage right below their beds where they put their bikes. The van can also store around 100 liters of water underneath. 

Both slogged for nearly 12 hours every day for weeks in order to renovate the van.  Along with batteries, the van also has two solar panels of 300 watts each,  batteries for their laptops, mobile phones. "It was like a full-time job. For around two and a half months we worked 12-hour days trying to make this place our home. We tried to make a very ergonomic living capsule," said Margareth. They have also fitted USB ports everywhere in the van. 

Their van is also fitted with electric batteries. The duo has traveled to the Czech Republic and Croatia and is presently in Montenegro. Margaret said, "I first met Ladi when he picked me up in his van in New Zealand while I was hitchhiking in 2016. My first experience of van life was when I was climbing into his home for a quick ride. I didn't crawl back out for two weeks." They are planning on Greece by March and then to traverse the entire length of Europe "chasing the summer."

Margaret said, "This is the dream. We've been on quite the adventure. Sometimes it's weird to tell people you dream of living in a car, but we feel so free and can spend our time with each other, exploring endlessly - not sitting in a desk chair."  Margareth takes English classes online which she says is a great way of working. "It allows for more freedom [when] camping - people just presume someone's having their plumbing done because it just looks like a work van."


 
 
 
 
 
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Millie’s training course includes teaching her how to drive a manual.

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They also have a cat called Millie who has been with them on all their travels. "When people on the road do find out we live in the van, they're always pretty shocked, especially when they learn it was a DIY job.  We've lived in the van for three months now. It took us about 10 weeks to construct it completely," she said. Margaret further added: "We painted the entire van grey, have 100 liters of water underneath, a gas cooking stove and shower. We've put in a flat-screen projector for movie nights and we can watch Game of Thrones as often as we like." A reason for them painting the van grey is to be less conspicuous. Margareth says, "A lot of campers make the mistake of bright colors and lots of windows, but we've made ours in a way that attracts no extra attention.

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