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Van Journal Week 17: Just Like That, Our Van is Sold!

Van Journal Week 17: Just Like That, Our Van is Sold!

Yep, after less than a week from putting Clifden on the market, one very lucky lady was able to snatch Clifden up for her own adventures around Australia.

Honestly, we had no idea that we would end up selling our van, our first home so quickly. We put Clifden on the market thinking we wouldn’t get much interest considering how remote Tasmania is.

Boy were we wrong. Within a week we had enquiries from all over Australia. We had four people desperate to have come and take a look from Hobart but one lucky buyer was just 15 minutes away, saw our van and after a long night shift decided to send us a message. A few days later, we were saying our teary goodbyes and had once again packed our backpacks and set off on a plane to Far North Queensland.

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We were shocked at how fast things had moved. Unfortunately though, there were a few last things on our Tassie list that time hadn’t allowed for. We didn’t get a chance to head up to Frenchman’s Cap or hike over The Overland. But, in the end, we followed our gut instinct and decided to leave those for the next trip to Tasmania.

Olly gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler & adventure photographer for 6 years with 700+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.

Saying Our Goodbyes

Selling our first home after all of the hard work in building it and the incredible memories we’d forged wasn’t an easy decision. Nevertheless, after living out of a backpack for most of our adult lives we have learnt not to get too attached to material possessions. But still, Clifden was our ticket to freedom in the most uncertain times of our lives. With the pandemic pulling the rug on our lifestyle and business, this van allowed us to continue to explore, grow and create life-long memories.

We want to thank Clifden for all the great times and we want to thank everyone who helped us with our journey in building it, as well all all the awesome people we met along the way!

So, just like that, Aussie van life has come to an end. What’s the plan now, you might be wondering?

We’ve arrived back in sunny Far North Queensland and we’re planning to work out the steps required to head back overseas. We’ve still got an international work visa, an exemption we’ve been able to obtain considering travel is our job. However, there are a few hurdles we’ll have to jump considering the current climate.

For those of you who have been following our van-life journey from the beginning, thanks for sticking around. I hope that I’ve helped you out with some adventure ideas down in Tassie.

If you’re interested in keeping up with our journey, head over to my Instagram!

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure travel journalist & photographer. Traveling non-stop since 2018, I've published over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. These draw on my personal experience to share unique itineraries, accommodation tips, & fun adventure guides covering hikes, viewpoints, beaches, waterfalls, & tours. Read my Publishing Ethics Statement.

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Thomas Richardson

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Hi Olly, your van conversion is incredible, what an achievement. I am trying to gather research into how profitable conversions like this could be and if it is potentially worth getting into as a side hustle. Would you be willing to disclose what profit you made on your van?

Olly Gaspar

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Hi Thomas,

Thanks mate.

I've compiled this resource to help people interested in converting their own van for off-grid nomadic living. I never intended this to be a resource for people to do this kind of thing commercially. But, if that is what you are interested in doing, then that's great, go for it. I've received loads of messages asking me to fit out people's vans for pay, so there certainly seems to be a market for it.

In terms of profit, I'm not really too keen on disclosing that on this blog. I didn't fit this van out to make a profit but as you'd expect, due to the crazy van market in Australia right now I got my money's worth for the labour I put in.