The Unexpected Downs of #VanLife

first_imgIt’s so easy to get caught up in the designer blankets, the steaming coffee mugs set in front of incredible beach views, and the starscapes sprawling over delicately lit vans while scrolling through Instagram #vanlife, that you forget you actually have to live in a van to also have those things. There are so many rewarding things about living a nomadic life, but the drawbacks are just as intense. Everyone always assumes the worst part of vanlife is pooping outside, but the downs are much deeper than bathroom jokes. Check out below for some of the unexpected downs of #vanlife.Losing CommunityWhen you pack everything you own into a small metal box and drive on down the road, you have all your THINGS with you, but you don’t have your RELATIONSHIPS. We both left family (and a two-year-old niece that we adore) and friends to achieve this lifestyle. While we are gone traveling, they are hanging out, strengthening bonds, celebrating birthdays, and making future plans. We are missing out on the growth of those relationships. When we come back to our home base, we are the ones that have to make an effort to get everyone in one place and catch up. Our friends aren’t used to us being there, so why would they call us randomly to hang out if we’re never around? It’s absolutely a strain on those friendships that we have been cultivating for years before we left. We miss our friends, we miss our family, and sometimes living this lifestyle doesn’t seem worth the ache in those relationships.What we do have is a road community. We have met so many incredible humans along the way that have become friends we see over and over again. We see them when we visit their cities and camp together at festivals. We have a network of people willing to host us, let us do laundry at their places, and park in their driveway. Thank you!!Losing ConsistencyEvery day is different, which is wonderful. We have no problem with a lack of routine. I think that’s why we do so well in the van. What we do miss is taking classes, having a favorite yoga teacher, and growing skills with other humans consistently. Being on the road for an extended period of time makes it impossible to sign up for a six-week pottery class, or join a frisbee league. Building skills outside of work become a self-reliant responsibility. You have to watch harmonica learning YouTube videos by yourself in the woods, or practice cross stitch while you cruise down the road.Logistics, Logistics, LogisticsEverything is a decision. Because consistency is out the door, and you’re sailing on the wings of freedom, you have to choose where to go, what to do, and how to do it. We have a unique situation where we attend 40 events in an eight-month period, so those create the structure for most of our weeks. But when we don’t have an event to mark as our north-star, we get confused and frazzled. The expanse of freedom is overwhelming. We have to make decisions every minute.Then there are the forced decisions. When the sink breaks or the fridge stops running, and we have to stop everything we’re doing so we don’t get water behind our insulation or have everything in our fridge spoil. There are also logistics for living in a house, but the urgency of vanlife logistics take them to a whole new level.Getting SickThrowing up in a van is very high on our list of things we hate to do. When you’re sick and tired and want to be close to a bathroom, being in a van in the middle of nowhere is the last place that is comforting. We have been sick a few times while living in a van, and every time we either get ourselves to a place where we can be under a roof with a bathroom nearby or pay for a place that will provide those things. When you feel terrible you just want a comfy bed, Netflix, and easily accessible water. Even just having a headache in the van can be miserable when you don’t have the comforts of living in a house. When the going gets tough, living in a van only adds to the tough. If you want to read about our last “being sick in a van” experience, check out our blog post from last year. It was zero percent fun, and one hundred percent miserable!Living in a van has its ups and downs, but we always say the ups outweigh the downs. These examples are just a few of the things we struggle with, there is a whole host of other issues that we face daily. But the freedom (even when you’re making 1,000 logistical decisions) is glorious and the views from the back doors unbeatable.There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to winlast_img read more

Letterkenny Gaels bow out of Junior Championship following defeat to Downings

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes:The Junior A football team bowed out of the championship at the weekend when they were defeated by Downings. Attention now turns to the league where the lads have three remaining games.The Junior B lads are in action against Urris in the county semi final which is fixed for 12 noon this Saturday with the venue to be confirmed. See Facebook for details. Letterkenny Gaels thespians have been busy at work over the last number of months preparing for the upcoming comedy ‘It’s The Real Mc Coy’ which will be presented at the Club House in mid October. Given the success of last years show we would advise early purchase of tickets. Please see club Facebook & Webpage for dates and further information.Is é an t-am sin den bhliain arís.Can you sing, act, do recitations, play music or do Irish dancing?Come along and show us what you’ve got on Friday 30th September 7pm in the Clubhouse. Tá muid ag lorg daoine óga a bheas pairteach i Scór na nÓg i Mí na Samhna.Club merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.The outdoor training for the Camogs has concluded for this year. Indoor training will resume for all age groups in the LYIT on Friday 4th November.It was a busy weekend for the Letterkenny Gaels underage football teams.  Despite the poor weather conditions, the under 8s and 10 football teams were both out on Saturday participating in Go Games against neighbouring clubs.The Gaels under 8s travelled to Termon GAA Club to play against two strong squad of young footballers from Termon and Gweedore.  All three clubs fielded a number of teams with a good mix of boys and girls participating.  The travelling Gaels were very grateful of the hospitality received in Termon with tea and coffee served to the parents and treats provided to the players. The under 10s travelled to Newtoncunningham to take part in the 4 team mini tournament. Naomh Colmcille, Doirecolmcille and Moville completed the quartet. All clubs fielded very strong teams that produced some top quality football watched by a large crowd at the Naomh Colmcille GAA Club. The tournament was won by the home side and the plate by Doirecolmcille. A very sporting gesture was made by Letterkenny Gaels with four of their players, Michael Sweeney, Jack Keys, Andrew Nicholls and Sean McCarron fielding for Doirecolmcille in the plate final against the Gaels.The outdoor underage football training has concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training.Outdoor hurling training for all teams has finished for the season.The indoor underage hurling will resume in late October. Please keep an eye on the club Facebook for exact details in the coming weeks.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2750. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.Sympathy is extended to Thomas Mc Ginty and family on their recent bereavement.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels bow out of Junior Championship following defeat to Downings was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DowningsGAAJunior ChampionshipLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more