The graphic designer turned her back on life in the city she spends $ 1,400 a month traveling in her caravan

Ms. Nisbet spent $ 30,000 on a caravan and paid less than $ 4,500 for her sturdy second-hand towing jeep that takes her around New Zealand.

A graphic designer from New Zealand packed her life two years ago to begin a nomadic adventure traveling the country in a caravan.

Karen Nisbet, 36, always had a predilection for travel and decided to turn her back on the rising cost of housing in Auckland shortly after returning from a trip around the world that took her through South America and the United Kingdom.

Now she travels for more than 24 months, works casually as an independent and manages her own blog "van life" where she gives advice and frank advice about the cost of her wandering lifestyle.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms. Nisbet talked about everyday life on the road and revealed exactly how much she could save by changing her high-rise house into an "apartment on wheels".

Ms. Nisbet spent $ 30,000 on a caravan and paid less than $ 4,500 for her sturdy second-hand towing jeep that takes her around New Zealand.

Ms. Nisbet spent $ 30,000 on a caravan and paid less than $ 4,500 for her sturdy second-hand towing jeep that takes her around New Zealand.

Karen Nisbet (pictured) always had a penchant for travel and decided to turn her back on the rising cost of housing in Auckland shortly after returning from a trip around the world.

Karen Nisbet (pictured) always had a penchant for travel and decided to turn her back on the rising cost of housing in Auckland shortly after returning from a trip around the world.

Karen Nisbet (pictured) always had a penchant for travel and decided to turn her back on the rising cost of housing in Auckland shortly after returning from a trip around the world.

"I was traveling around the world without stopping for about nine months and I got tired of living with a suitcase," he told FEMAIL.

But as soon as she settled in Auckland and got a permanent job, Ms. Nisbet realized that she would never be able to buy her own home because of the rising cost of housing.

After playing with a variety of ideas, the creative artist came across a YouTube video of a woman living in an emerging caravan.

"I started to investigate and came to the conclusion that a caravan is like a small apartment on wheels, at a fraction of the normal cost."

Ms. Nisbet spent $ 30,000 on a quaint British-made caravan, and although a new car like Volkswagen Golf has a cost of more than $ 28,000, she paid less than $ 4,500 for her sturdy second-hand towing jeep.

After playing with a variety of ideas, the creative artist came across a YouTube video of a woman living in an emerging caravan.

After playing with a variety of ideas, the creative artist came across a YouTube video of a woman living in an emerging caravan.

After playing with a variety of ideas, the creative artist came across a YouTube video of a woman living in an emerging caravan.

"I started to investigate and came to the conclusion that a caravan is like a small apartment on wheels, at a fraction of the normal cost," he said.

"I'm happy with around $ 9 per night (for a campsite) since this is less than a third of my old cost-sharing, plus I have a place for myself!" – Mrs. Nisbet

COST OF LIVING IN A CARAVAN PER WEEK

* Accommodation: $ 60

* Food: $ 135

* Fuel and road charges: $ 65

* Invoices (including health insurance and roads, telephone, Internet and automobiles): $ 90

Total: $ 350

Mrs. Nisbet's monthly expenses amount to just under $ 1,400, which includes food, fuel and road costs, personal bills, insurance, internet and camp camp fees.

While she sometimes finds reasons to park for free, Ms. Nisbet says she usually pays between $ 3 and $ 50 to stay at campsites in New Zealand, the most expensive of which are in cities like Auckland.

"I'm happy with around $ 9 per night, since this is less than one third of my old cost-sharing, plus I have a place for myself!" she said.

The full-time nomad does not spend premium cuts of meat, wine or fresh herbs and spends only $ 20 per day on food.

Based on the average cost of living in New Zealand, it is estimated that Ms. Nisbet has saved more than $ 28,000 in housing, utilities and transportation costs since her caravan adventure began two years ago.

Based on the average cost of living in New Zealand, it is estimated that Ms. Nisbet has saved more than $ 28,000 in housing, utilities and transportation costs since her caravan adventure began two years ago.

Based on the average cost of living in New Zealand, it is estimated that Ms. Nisbet has saved more than $ 28,000 in housing, utilities and transportation costs since her caravan adventure began two years ago.

Based on the average cost of living in New Zealand, it is estimated that Ms. Nisbet has saved more than $ 28,000 in housing, utilities and transportation costs since her caravan adventure began two years ago.

While she sometimes finds reasons to park for free, Ms. Nisbet says she usually pays between $ 3 and $ 50 to stay at New Zealand campsites.

While she sometimes finds reasons to park for free, Ms. Nisbet says she usually pays between $ 3 and $ 50 to stay at New Zealand campsites.

While she sometimes finds reasons to park for free, Ms. Nisbet says she usually pays between $ 3 and $ 50 to stay at New Zealand campsites.

The sleeping area of ​​Mrs. Nisbet's caravan; in 2017 alone, more than 2.1 million van-style road trips were taken in Australia, many of them by female travelers alone

The sleeping area of ​​Mrs. Nisbet's caravan; in 2017 alone, more than 2.1 million van-style road trips were taken in Australia, many of them by female travelers alone

The sleeping area of ​​Mrs. Nisbet's caravan; in 2017 alone, more than 2.1 million van-style road trips were taken in Australia, many of them by female travelers alone

In recent years, a new wave of young solo travelers & # 39; van life & # 39; They have gone out to explore the country and have turned their backs on the traditional stereotype of adulthood from 9 to 5 years.

In 2017 alone more than 2.1 million trips were made in Australia, with thousands of young women and couples sharing photos of their social media adventures.

However, although this carefree life may seem idyllic from an external perspective, Ms. Nisbet said there have been difficult moments that have put her to the test.

"It's always difficult when there are sudden failures or something related to mechanics: once, when driving from Hawkes Bay to Wellington, the tire of the car was deflated and broke without me noticing.

"He left holes under the caravan and it took a month to fix everything."

But these trials and tribulations have been building character for the itinerant wanderer, who said that she had "gained in self-confidence". and he met some amazing people along the way.

Ms. Nisbet was driving from Hawkes Bay to Wellington when her car tire was crushed and holes left on the underside of the caravan, which took a month to repair.

Ms. Nisbet was driving from Hawkes Bay to Wellington when her car tire was crushed and holes left on the underside of the caravan, which took a month to repair.

Ms. Nisbet was driving from Hawkes Bay to Wellington when her car tire was crushed and holes left on the underside of the caravan, which took a month to repair.

"I want to have land where other caravan owners can come and stay with a training school in place for people to try out what it's like to drive and live in a caravan."

In the long term, Ms. Nisbet dreams of having her own land and turning her passion into a business.

"I am currently trying to build my Traveling K blog to be able to live more permanently from the site, but the last two years have completely changed my priorities.

"I want to have land where other caravan owners can come and stay with a training school on the spot so that people can try what it's like to drive and live in a caravan."

* All costs are expressed in Australian dollars.

THE RISE OF CARAVAN VACATION IN AUSTRALIA

* Caravan trips and camps are one of the favorite festivities of many Australians and their popularity is constantly increasing.

* New data from Tourism Research Australia revealed that the caravan economy reached record figures in 2017.

* The latest figures show that domestic domestic caravans during the night and camping trips have reached 11.84 million.

* Total caravan and camp nights that increased 2.5 percent year-over-year to reach a record high of 51.3 million in March 2018.

* The age group of 20 to 29 years experienced a significant growth, increasing by 11 percent over the previous year.

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