You don’t need a four-bedroom house with a white picket fence to be happy. Sometimes, a compact camper van and a partner is all you need. For Lauren Smith and Calum Creasey of Buckinghamshire, England, this is certainly enough.
In the spring of 2010, Smith and Creasey bought a Volkswagen T4 and converted it into a comfy abode — on wheels. They then packed up their belongings, what little money they had, and set out on the road. Since they left their hometown, the couple has traveled more than 80,000 miles (128,000 kilometers) through Europe.
From the forests of Denmark to the beaches of Portugal, the couple has seen it all. And, they’ve done so in comfort. The van was outfitted to include everything they need, including a small kitchen with a sink, gas hob and storage space.
Not long after the couple set out on their adventure, they founded The Rolling Home. Smith and Creasey now advocate for mobile, minimalist living. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, they recently released their first book which combines their love of travel and journalism.
Other ways they entertain followers is through their quarterly journals that “celebrate alternative living.” The journal “documents stories, interviews, artwork, images, technical knowledge and advice,” and seeks to inspire readers to pursue their own dreams in an unconventional way.
At present, the couple is living in Cornwall, England. They can be found through their Workaway website. To earn money, the couple works part-time building cabins and gardening. The rest of the time, they run their small online store (through Stokedeversince) which sells items you might need to start your own off-road adventure.
In six years, Lauren Smith and Calum Creasey traveled 80,000 miles in their renovated van:
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