If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you might know that I have dreams of hitting the road when my older kids have left home, as mentioned in my post about vanlife. I almost bought a campervan before the Covid19 crisis hit Ireland, envisioning weekend excursions around the island. Instead I replaced my 7 seater which has been sitting in my driveway ever since. I haven’t driven it once yet! It’s still unclear when travel restrictions will be lifted and tourism will resume.
I’ve been wondering what has happened to all of the #Vanlifers. With many places asking citizens to shelter in place, it presents a unique situation for those living a nomadic lifestyle. One headline states Pre-covid, the ‘van life’ was a free, easy and trendy lifestyle. Now, its practitioners are pariahs. It seems that many are struggling to find places camp now that state parks and campsites have closed. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have family members that they can move in with so they find themselves truly homeless. Even dispersed (wild) camping is becoming difficult in some areas where BLM land has been closed.
If you have a free parking space you’d like to offer to roadlifers in need, you can add it to the public document created by Megan Kantor here. Since there are no official organizations available to help during the Covid19 crisis, she came up with a creative solution to put vanlifers in contact with people sympathetic to their plight. I should mention that the list seems primarily focused on people living within the United States of America.
With Ireland’s lockdown still in place, traveling anywhere remains merely a dream. Christy’s caravan will not make its annual tour of Irish festivals this summer. All of his festival work disappeared overnight, which will be a significant loss since he depends on it for his livelihood.
In lieu of a birthday party for Blessing (due to the current restrictions), we camped on Christy’s land, where one of my older sons is self-isolating at the moment. The caravan needed some attention, but served as a comfy space while it rained overnight. I’ve decided it’s time to renovate or replace it soon. Hopefully we’ll be able to go for weekend trips over the summer as society gradually reopens. As Christy said over the weekend, he’s a wanderer at heart. So am I.
Cooking over the open fire, sipping wine in the moonlight, and listening to my family play music were reminders of how simple and enjoyable life can be.
Our baby boy is three now! I’m glad that we gave him birthday memories he’ll cherish: freedom that can only be found outdoors, togetherness, and love. What more does anyone really need?