Caitlin Mooney who is currently studying for a masters in mobile web development in Paisley, Renfrewshire, was tired of paying heavy rent and bills.
So, she decided to turn a 35-year-old campervan into her new home.
The 25-year-old student bought a 1986 Bedford Midi camper and has been working to transform it into her new homes from then on.
Caitlin says: ‘We’re paying about £250($310) each per month – rent, bills and council tax included,’ I’ve been renting for a long time and I know it’s not a lot but you spend a lot of time at work and it’s quite annoying that you’re going home just to put your head down.’
‘By halfway through the month most of your earnings are gone and your left scrambling. I don’t like working for other people. I’ve always been someone who wants to work for myself.’
One of Caitlin’s close friends died two years ago and she decided to move from flat to van after this incident.
Caitlin said: ‘We always spoke about this kind of thing and my dad’s had a campervan since he was a kid, and still does. It’s been planted in me. I’d like to do it for two or three years and see what it’s like.’
‘I’m hoping to start in Scotland to see how it is, then go down to England and over to Europe. My dream is to spend Christmas and New Year on the southern coast of Spain.’
‘I’m very into digital editing so I’d like to document my travels.’
Caitlin is spending her free time kitting out the campervan, which she’s called Olive, and planning to fit in a small kitchen area. She renovated basics last summer before heading the van to the Netherlands for a two-week holiday with her pet dog Marcie.
She will complete her graduation soon and hoping to move into the van full-time by then.
Caitlin said: ‘We’re trying to detach ourselves from our possessions. I do crochet and crafts with my hands. I really like my radio. I’m trying to be more outdoorsy, things can be replaced.’
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