March 2018 - Van Life Part 1: Houseless Not Homeless

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March 12th 2018

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Alternative Living: Van life as a University Lecturer.
My Dad called. “I saw you blog post last week… are you homeless?”
“No Dad, not homeless just houseless. Don’t worry, it’s on purpose. I’ve still got my van.”

My journey into alternative living started 10 years ago, when I moved, bit-by-bit into a 3-door car. These days, I feel at home wherever I am, even though I lack many things that are widely considered essential.

But, what is an alternative lifestyle? Apparently, I’ve got one. It doesn’t take up much room, which is fortunate since I’m also a minimalist. Hmm, how can I explain? Well, remember that time you were living in a yurt, by which I mean a canvas home pitched in a friend’s back garden, whilst teaching at the music college, which you commuted to by bike (since co-incidentally that year you had also challenged yourself to travel only by bike) whilst blogging about it. Sound familiar? Probably not. Must have been just me, and small minority. That’s why it’s called alternative living

Right now, I live in a van and I’m a university lecturer for AMSonline, teaching songwriting, composition and music business. Since I teach on Skype, my official job title is “Digital Nomad.” I’m part of a new wave of “backpackers” who’s backpacks are full of technology and tailored shirts rather than tents and convertible shorts. 

Being houseless is an increasingly popular and workable choice, but I’m not saying it’s for everyone. For me it’s the result of asking myself one very important question “How do I want to live?” Asking that question is a vital ingredient for happiness, provided we’re willing to follow the answer, no matter how off-the-wall it may be… well I say wall.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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