‘Ottawa’ Park Avenue: New Nomads Making Four Wheels Their Home
By now, most people have heard of tiny homes. But lately, there’s a niche group of nomads who are taking small-scale living one step further – they’re trading in their apartments and houses for vans.
Simon Stiles is one of them. He’s been living out of his 1992 Dodge B350 camper van for the past year. He’s part of a growing number of people joining the “van life” movement – where people ditch their “traditional” homes and mortgages for the fluid, free lifestyle van dwelling offers.
Stiles, 26, purged most of his belongings and left his 400-square-foot Ottawa apartment to travel and work within a 100-square-foot home-on-wheels – equipped with solar power, Wi-Fi antenna, stove, shower, bed and kitchen table doubling as a workspace.