Meet the ‘Vanlifers’: a generation of young Australians who have been priced out of the spiralling property market and live and work out of VANS rather than pay landlords because ‘rent is slavery’

For most 20-something-year-olds, life follows a reasonably predictable path.

Graduate from university, get a full-time job, move out of home and begin the monotonous cycle of working life.

But a collection of free-spirited Millennials who believe ‘rent is slavery’ have started a new (and much cheaper) movement – living, travelling and working out of custom-made vans.

Vanlifers: Young Australian travelers are choosing to live out of custom-made vans instead of renting because it's cheaper

Vanlifers: Young Australian travelers are choosing to live out of custom-made vans instead of renting because it’s cheaper

 Instagram page 'Vanlifers' documents the envious lifestyles of a growing group of people across the globe who have chosen to move into vans to escape the hustle bustle of the city

 Instagram page ‘Vanlifers’ documents the envious lifestyles of a growing group of people across the globe who have chosen to move into vans to escape the hustle bustle of the city

One Melbourne man described rent as 'slavery' and said moving into his van had given him flexibility with his work

One Melbourne man described rent as ‘slavery’ and said moving into his van had given him flexibility with his work

 The vans are usually redesigned and kitted out with fully-functional kitchens and comfortable sleeping arrangements

 The vans are usually redesigned and kitted out with fully-functional kitchens and comfortable sleeping arrangements

Instagram page ‘Vanlifers’ documents the envious lives of a growing group of people across the globe who have chosen to move into vans to escape the hustle bustle of city living.

From the idyllic mountaintops of New Zealand’s north island to South Australia’s picturesque Great Australian Bight to the Northern Territory – the page is filled with young Australian travelers living out a care-free, nomadic lifestyle on a tiny budget.

Their vans, or sometimes decommissioned school buses, are usually immaculately redesigned and kitted out with fully-functional kitchens, sleeping arrangements and wardrobes – with insulation for the colder months.

Victorian man Liam poses on the top of his custom-made van with two surfboards as he travels towards Lorne

Victorian man Liam poses on the top of his custom-made van with two surfboards as he travels towards Lorne

The vans are usually redesigned at a fraction of the price of renting a property - with insulation for the colder months

The vans are usually redesigned at a fraction of the price of renting a property – with insulation for the colder months

Other Australian 'vanlifers', who often have hundreds of thousands of social media followers living vicariously through their stunning posts, appear to do little other than explore

Other Australian ‘vanlifers’, who often have hundreds of thousands of social media followers living vicariously through their stunning posts, appear to do little other than explore

Not a bad view: Vanlifers say the excitement of waking up to a new backdrop every morning is exhilarating  

Not a bad view: Vanlifers say the excitement of waking up to a new backdrop every morning is exhilarating

Tom O’Connell, 27, originally from regional Victoria, bought a second-hand Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van just over a year ago and has lived in it ever since.

‘It’s become a movement and it’s amazing, I think,’ he told Domain.

‘Maybe it’s a backlash to property prices and people feeling restricted to staying in one place.’

Mr O’Connell, who works as an outdoor education guide that requires him to travel in and out of Melbourne, said the van gave him a level of flexibility that a rental property would never have allowed him.

‘But also, rent is slavery. Rent is so expensive, especially if you want to live where things are happening,’ he told Domain.

This woman practices a headstand on the sand with her 1994 Ford E150 Camper Van parked on the beach

This woman practices a headstand on the sand with her 1994 Ford E150 Camper Van parked on the beach

Cheaper than renting: With the property market exploding in Sydney and Melbourne, many young Australians are opting to live a more nomadic lifestyle 

Cheaper than renting: With the property market exploding in Sydney and Melbourne, many young Australians are opting to live a more nomadic lifestyle

Night under the stars: NSW coupleT yler and Millie revealed they had travelled 20,000 kilometres across four states of Australia in their Volkswagon Caddy van (pictured)

Night under the stars: NSW coupleT yler and Millie revealed they had travelled 20,000 kilometres across four states of Australia in their Volkswagon Caddy van (pictured)

This woman smiles as she sits behind the wheel of her van, with curtains installed and a bed set up at the back for comfort

This woman smiles as she sits behind the wheel of her van, with curtains installed and a bed set up at the back for comfort

Other Australian ‘vanlifers’, who often have hundreds of thousands of social media followers living vicariously through their stunning posts, appear to do little other than explore.

Social media personality Elise Cook runs an online blog detailing her experiences travelling Western Australia in a van with her partner.

‘I feel like being on the road allowed us to tap into a slower gear in how we live and think, and we also realised how little we need to be happy,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘A little over a month ago we packed up our house, got rid of as much “stuff” as possible, put some of it into storage, and moved into Scout.’

‘The plan is to spend the next year or two moving around Australia. We hope that it will be a time in our lives of exploration, inspiration, and motivation.’

NSW couple Tyler and Millie revealed they had travelled 20,000 kilometres across four states of Australia after just five months in their Volkswagon Caddy van.

‘We have been freezing cold, stinking hot, soaking wet, and everything in between; all the while with a huge grin on our faces,’ the loved-up pair posted online.

Sydney man Liam said he ‘wasn’t ready for a suit and tie’ after graduating from university so he bought an old school bus, named it Bilby and totally renovated its interior so he could take it on a road trip.

 Social media personality Elise Cook (pictured) decided to pack her bags and explore Australia's west coast with her partner

 Social media personality Elise Cook (pictured) decided to pack her bags and explore Australia’s west coast with her partner

Picturesque: The freedom of living in a van means couples can enjoy secluded picnics and explore uncharted territory 

Picturesque: The freedom of living in a van means couples can enjoy secluded picnics and explore uncharted territory

Bilby the Bus: Technology advances mean travelers can renovate old vehicles into fully functional moving homes 

Bilby the Bus: Technology advances mean travelers can renovate old vehicles into fully functional moving homes

A free-spirited 'vanlifer' relaxes in her van and reads a book as afternoon sunlight beams through

A free-spirited ‘vanlifer’ relaxes in her van and reads a book as afternoon sunlight beams through

Surfs up: While some vanlifers opt to continue working from the vehicle, others are simply after an adventure

Surfs up: While some vanlifers opt to continue working from the vehicle, others are simply after an adventure

A vanlifer steps off the beaten path and takes her dog for a walk as she explores parts of Melbourne, Victoria

A vanlifer steps off the beaten path and takes her dog for a walk as she explores parts of Melbourne, Victoria

DANIEL PETERS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
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