Travelling in a van was also cheap, which meant we could travel more and work for less of our gap year. We mostly stayed at free camping locations, which we found on the apps Wikicamps and Campermate. Our biggest expense was fuel, which is kind of crazy for 5 months of living!
On our travels we met so many interesting people which helped me to shape a broader perspective of the world.
I could not recommend van travel more. It is such a fun and liberating way to live and teaches you so many skills you can bring back to your ‘normal’ life.