I know I can speak for most of you when I say that at least twice during the work week, I stare dead-eyed into my computer and think about an alternative life. A life where I’m sun-kissed and my name is Kunu and I have a six pack for some reason even though I don’t work out. A life where my biggest source of anxiety is whether or not the elements will allow me to shred some tubes with my new board. A life totally detached from the internet, the Kardashians, and the superfluous material things I’ve tricked myself into thinking are necessities.
And then I realize I’m balls deep in debt and continue to prepare those TPS reports for Lumburgh.
But at the very least, I can live vicariously through people like Amy Butler and David Laws. The couple, who met in 2014 while living in Dubai and three years later got engaged while taking a Tuk Tuk ride in Sri Lanka, has created a life worthy of envy.
David, 33, and Amy, 27, have converted a 2005 Fiat Ducato mini bus into a luxury apartment on wheels and are now traveling around Europe on less than $20 a day. According to Business Insider, the couple bought the van for $7,365 and worked 12-hour days for four months to transform the bus.
They initially had a budget of £12,000 for the bus conversion and £5,000 for the travelling, but said that they ended up going about £6,000 over budget on the renovation.
“We stripped it back to its very aluminium shell core state, insulated it, installed electrics, plumbing and gas – with no idea of how any of these systems worked.
“(It) completely drained our bodies and soul to get it here – but we were finished – and what we saw we were in love with.”
The bus is equipped with a bedroom that fitted with a “comfy” double bed, and a projector so they can transform their bedroom into a private cinema. It also has a fully-functional shower, toilet, stove, and lighting fixtures.
David and Amy claim that while they have been to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania, San Sebastian, Spain is their favorite place thus far.
They also claim they haven’t had a single argument on their trip, despite living in such close proximity. They said “that they are loving life on the open road.”
I can’t tell if I envy these people or hate them. I don’t think those two things have to be mutually exclusive.
[h/t Business Insider]