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Life on the Road

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#VanLife is, as Rachel Monroe put it in her New Yorker story last year, a “one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke … a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.”

But all is not what it seems. “Everyday van life isn’t as glamorous as it might look,” one perma-camper told Outside magazine for a piece titled “The Unglamorous Realities of #VanLife.” It’s not all desert sunrises and mountain lakes. Life on the road can be tough. You can find yourself camping in less-than-beautiful spots or conditions—and you still have to find money for food and campsites.

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