Choosing the right vehicle
Life on the Road
Born and bred in Australia, Kyle, Lou and their Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Quinn, travel around the globe in their Nissan Patrol 4WD camper. Better known as Collecting Bliss, Kyle and Lou have visited 25 countries.
Both Kyle and Lou have always loved living a minimalistic lifestyle, travelling together and exploring new places. So, living in a camper has allowed them to spend quality time together and appreciate nature. Having done multiple trips around Australia in their 4WD, Lou and Kyle decided that living in a car to travel around the world was most suitable. Their 4WD is big enough to allow them space to live comfortably on the road, while small enough to find a carpark in busy cities and tiny towns.
Collecting Bliss believe that when it comes to living on the road, your vehicle must be well suited for your needs. The vehicle has to be something that you love to drive but is also appropriate for the destinations you’ll be exploring. Below are some important tips Collecting Bliss believe you should take into consideration when selecting a vehicle to travel in.
If you plan to travel to remote locations, your vehicle needs to be reliable and be able to take you well off the beaten track.
Consider how much comfort and space you need, and what experiences you are willing to potentially sacrifice for that comfort and additional space.
You don't want to be constantly fixing and maintaining things while on the road; it costs money and time. Travel long-term with a vehicle that you know well and can depend on. That way when a problem does arise, you know how to better tackle the problem.
Test out living in your RV before you set off for a long trip. This gives you time to adjust and make changes to the vehicle so when the time comes to live in it full time, you know exactly how it would feel and how you would complete day-to-day tasks.
Depending on where you're travelling to, the vehicle needs to be appropriate for the climate. We have built our camper using insulated panels to keep the space warm in cold weather and cool in the heat.
Only take what you really need with you. If you're unsure about an item that's easy to come by, don't take it with you. The less space that is filled with stuff, the more space you have to actually live in your camper.
If you have certain parts of your vehicle that you know to be a problem, take spares with you if possible. Do some research - can you easily find the parts in stores where you are going? If not, take spares with you just in case. Don't just assume stores will stock those items. Google it. Ask someone. Confirm it. Have an item that's uncommon that you can't do without long-term? Take spares from home.