From entrepreneur couples, travelling creative professionals to outdoor enthusiasts looking for the next thrill, a growing number of people are choosing to live a little differently, converting vehicles like vans and buses into full-time homes on wheels. The reasons can be numerous: more financial freedom, as well the allure of travelling with your home as you see the wider world out there. These are some of the same reasons why Australian Rich East embarked on a cross-country trip in his simple van conversion. But he's not alone: so far, he's travelled 50,000 kilometers (over 31,000 miles) with his rescue cat, Willow. Seen over at My Modern Met, this story of a man-and-his-cat is truly endearing, and as Rich explains on his blog Van Cat Meow, his entry into the van life was the most "well-prepared mid-life crisis in history":
In early 2014 I started making plans for a massive life change. Unhappy with my 10 years in the corporate world I started designing a new life for myself. I started designing a campervan that could provide me with shelter, a home, and comfort for this next stage of my life. Slowly I began to sell all my possessions such that what was left would fit in this van.Willow had already entered into Rich's life well before the implementation of his plan. He wasn't sure how Willow would travel along. He had grown attached to his quiet companion and realized he couldn't just let her go. So he began 'training' her for travel and was pleasantly surprised:
I took Willow away for weekends, then whole weeks, and not only did she cope, she thrived. I soon realized that what I thought was a house cat was in fact a van cat, an adventure cat!
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