How a California couple is living in a van during shelter-in-place – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • A California couple has been living in their van and traveling through the desert for about two months during the coronavirus pandemic and statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Kristin Hanes and her partner bought the van as their home two years ago and usually live out of it in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Now, they hop from campsite to campsite, working remotely with a hotspot and sleeping in their camper van for around $1,000 a month.
  • Life on the road has involved flat tires, swarms of bugs, fluctuating temperatures, and weekly 7 am Walmart trips to stock up on food.
  • Hanes told Business Insider that she’s content with the setup and thinks there may be more interest in the van lifestyle in the future as many may rethink their housing situations in light of the pandemic-driven economic fallout.
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Thousands of California residents have been isolated in their homes since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on March 19.

Many are likely going stir-crazy while cooped up, with many having to do so in pint-sized apartments.

But one California couple is taking the tiny home lifestyle to the next level. Kristin Hanes and her partner usually live out of their 1994 Chevy Astro campervan in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, they’re traveling through the desert as the world weathers the storm caused by the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19.

“Even though it’s a teeny, tiny space, I feel like when we’re out camping, we actually have a huge backyard,” Kristin Hanes told Business Insider.

Here’s how they’re doing it.


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