We are Tanja and Lenny and together we are the Breakawayers! We are two creatives roaming around Europe in Navi, our self converted sprinter-van (learn more about her below). Back in 2013 we bought an old rusty VW campervan and hit the road for three months. That’s when we got our first dose of nomadic living, and we have been breaking away from conventional living ever since.

Navi is our home, office and means of transport all rolled into one. A space this small may not seem like much, but it contains everything that we need. Well except for an indoor shower, but we get those at restops and campsites, when the flies start to accumulate... Okay, jokes aside. It goes without saying that this life is not perfect and it is not easy. Obviously we have less space and amenities than the average home. But for us the freedom and flexibility to go wherever, whenever, outweighs the needs of certain comforts. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” are therefore words that we live by on a daily basis. 

One of the many lessons we have learned through living nomadically, is that living with less possessions, helps declutter the mind. This allowed us to reevaluate what it really is that we want from life. Our answers eventually boiled down to: financial freedom, time for creative expression and exploring new places. The last 4 years we have made these our top priority and turned our passions into our livelihood along the way. We have built a business together, which basically consists of managing our rolling shop and creating content for our website and social media platforms. This is how we financed our van build and this is how we keep the wheels turning.

We don't know where we are going, but we are on our way. One thing is certain and that is that we will keep sharing our passions and follow our dreams. Hopefully we can motivate you to pursue your own dreams whatever they are and help you gather courage to put your happiness first.

 

Meet Navi the Whale

Navi is a lwb 2017 Mercedes Sprinter van, which we found on a German used car platform. When we saw her in person for the first time, we immediately knew she was the right van for us. Apart from having driven over 200.000km she was absolutely perfect, and exactly what we were looking for. Within 48 hours we bought her and slowly began the conversion. We thought we would have her finished within a couple of months, but in the end it took us a year, because we had to work all the while to pay for all the expenses. We basically did the whole build ourselves, but occasionally received help from Lenny's father.

So what did we build in? We have a toilet, oven, fridge and fan. For heating we built in a gas-heater, which also heats up our tap water. Our solar panels generate tons of electricity, to get us through working days. We built in an adjustable bedframe that can be tilted, so our bed turns into a nice lounging area, which is where Tanja does most of her work. And we can lift it from the other side too and access the department under the bed, which is where we store our dining/office table. We mounted a wide screen monitor to create a comfortable office space for Lenny, but it also reaches all the way around to the bed, for movie-nights. When we work or need some alone time we use the curtain to turn our one room apartment into a duplex.  

Yeah so that's basically it! If you have any questions feel free to reach out! 
Thanks so much for being a part of this journey, we hope to see you on the road!
Tanja, Lenny & Navi //  TheBreakawayers

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