Ever since our road trip experiences in Australia and New Zealand we have always said to ourselves that we wanted a van of our own. Every day we woke up to an ever-changing horizon, our backyard would switch from a beach to a river, a lake, a mountain or even a car park to spice things up. There is no feeling quite like waking up to a new location every morning and having the freedom to roll wherever you please. We loved it and that lifestyle suited us perfectly as long as we had the petrol money to take us there.
About a year ago our wish came true and without the help of my (Luke’s) parents it wouldn’t have been possible and I am forever grateful for their help. Back in January 2017, we managed to find and buy an old VW T25 with a bunch of rusted holes, the plastics and grills already off, a window missing and the beginnings of a terrible paint job. I had been scrolling hopelessly and endlessly through Facebook and eBay listings and when my dad spotted this van I didn’t hesitate, I knew we had to get it.
For the past year, the good old van has been bunkered down in my dad’s workshop in Wales. On weekends in between our adventures, work commitments and every day lives the transformation slowly took place. There have been very frustrating moments, more so for my dad because he’s the mechanically savvy one, doing most of the tinkering and fixings. I’m more of the assistant come bystander looking over his shoulder at certain times with curiosity and confusion.
There have been engine failures, power failures, hidden rust spots, broken locks, a boot that wouldn’t stay open, a fire in the dashboard, a paint job that went wrong but turned out right, expensive rubber seals and even a dead mouse. After all that and more I’m so happy to say it passed its MOT last week without any advisories whatsoever and soon you will see us tearing it up at a steady pace around the British Isles.
So much has been done in the past year but that’s only half of its transformation. For now we are going to get used to the van, take trips when we can and slowly change the interior on weekends to come. Stay tuned for more bohemian van life.