Have you seen the new, Academy Award-nominated movie Nomadland starring Frances McDormand as Fern? It’s about a woman in her 60s who lost everything during the Great Recession and ventures on a journey through western America while living in her van. Hubby and I watched it on Hulu a few weeks ago and I tried to imagine what it would be like to live as a modern-day nomad. I actually thought it wouldn’t be too bad if you had a cute, vintage RV to do a little wander lusting!
I think it’s appropriate to share a post today about glamping and traveling in a camper/RV/fan/bus etc. while I’m on the road to Chattanooga. Although I won’t be staying in a cute, remodeled vintage RV like the one above and below. Instead, we’re driving my faithful Subaru Crosstrek to a cute little cottage near Lookout Mountain.
For a more organic vacation experience, could you see yourself in a cute little camper at a scenic campground or isolated location? Just enjoying a simple vacation while admiring and exploring the great outdoors on your own schedule? It’s what I call a “slow-living vacation.” No rushing to get from one attraction to the next – just taking your time like Fern did in Nomadland.
In the movie, Fern has fixed up the inside of her van to accommodate her cooking and sleeping needs. It’s nothing fancy, she calls it home. I think a nomadic lifestyle might be more enjoyable in a retro van like this powder blue example. You could bring your own solar-powered string of lights to hang above the tree when you’re parked for a few days. Shoot – I’d probably even try to keep a couple plants alive inside.
Once you’re parked, a metal campground fire pit can be turned into something cozy and fun, using short logs for makeshift tables or stools. Add a glass of wine or two to feel a little more glamorous. Ambiance can make a world of difference in the experience.
I’ve noticed a lot more people transforming old RVs or Airstreams into very livable homes on wheels. Maybe more people are getting tired of the rat race and are choosing to live more simply while exploring all that nature and the world has to offer.
My parents spent most of their retirement vacations hauling a fairly large RV around to somewhat local campgrounds. They even joined an RV club called Good Sam, meeting up with club members at designated camp sites.
I’d prefer a camper that you don’t haul with a car or truck. That way someone could sleep comfortably in the back while another person is driving. I like this small RV with a rack for bikes. The thought of hauling a big camper around would probably stress me out. I’d freak out trying to park it.
I like this idea of having a sleeping tent on top of your SUV. I’d feel a bit safer – away from bugs or critters that could crawl into your tent at night and get inside your sleeping bag!
It looks plenty big enough for two people, without being claustrophobic. An air mattress can soften the floor.
Your RV might also be fun to park in the backyard to enjoy a “vacation at home.” Kids would probably love to sleep outside in a cute camper. It makes a great place for a backyard party, too. You might as well get some use out of your camper while it’s parked, right? I had a friend who drove his RV to the health club. He’d invite the ladies from class to join him for an after-exercise drink and hors d’oeuvres!
So what do you think? Could you be a happy camper like Fern in Nomadland? I think I could do it for a couple of weeks in a vintage RV or similar.
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