Screen times are crazy in these days. My iPhone says my daily average screen time is 7 hours. Plus computer and other displays.
7-8 hours in the bed. 8 hours sitting at 9 to 5 job. 3-4 hours meaningless everyday routine.
Opening windows at home is a nice thing to do, but if you don't do it at 5 a.m. air won't get any better.
Concrete jungle. Pavement. Dust.
Have you ever spent 48 hours in row without social media? It feels so relaxing and free.
When life gets gray I pack my staff and drive a campervan to mountains.
Get food (mostly high fiber stuff), drinks, fill up a fresh water tank, get propane gas, get diesel for the van and for the heater, check the weather and hit the road.
Exiting the city is already exciting. Views on the mountains, forests, meeting some nice cars on the way - yes, it's exciting.
There always is something I forget to buy. There was no trip I've not stopped the second time at the shop.
You know you approach the destination when the scenery is so nice you feel urge to film it.
Places are more interesting if there is no pavement there. Off-roading to spots is another great experience. Thanks to AWD system my van gets there where only SUVs are supposed to be and people gets really confused once they see Ford Transit van in the end of the trail. Being proud of stuff is satisfying.
As usual I camp remote from population, but still close to the main road, just in case. Everything happens. The first thing is taking a walk around. Short hike and photo shooting. "Happiness is not real, if it's not shared". So, let my folks see how beautiful place I'm at. Fresh air and smell of the nature: ground, trees, flowers make human feel alive. Once the sight is explored I start doing camping things. Start a fire if it's warm enough outside. If it's rainy, windy and snowy I close the doors and keep it cozy.
It's -12 degrees Celsius outside. Wind is shaking a van. Jackals, foxed and other locals hang out outside while I cook pork for dinner. The level of coziness - campervan.
Nights are not scary at all. I'm little bit concerned about tents. You can always be distracted by animals, wind or rain. In the van barely anything can spoil the sleep. The only threat is unwanted knock-knock, but I've never experienced it for these 2 years. Even if it happens I can instantly drive away.
Mornings are the best. Sun rays are shining through the windows and curtains. Open the door and step out in the paradise on earth. This is freaking cool. If the weather is nice I always try to have breakfast outside. Morning walk, workout - it's a the same routine, but much fresher.
People keep asking me - "is it really comfortable to stay 4 square meters cabin?". Dude, I don't live in the campervan - I live in billion start hotel that we call earth and the van is only a shelter for cooking and sleeping.
If the sight is fully explored I'm just driving to the other destination or go home. Coming back I'm never the same person that left the house a night before and it feels ridiculously good.
Taking a campervan road trip is the coolest way of travel, but a solo trip? It makes some people little bit uncomfortable. This is how I - the founder of Mta Campervans experienced my very first solo trip by my van.
January 2022 - Omicron is rising. My travel companies are suffering just like in 2020. Zero customers, zero income, but monthly expenses are still here. In brief, I felt very bad. Then I though: wait, I have my own ultimate overlanding vehicle. Why not to escape this tension for few hours and deal with problems with a fresh mind? This is how I ended up on the way to Racha, to the north of Kutaisi.
Once I saw the first snow layer on the road my mood immediately changed and felt much better. Kilometer by kilometer I was getting positive trip vibes. Crossing Nakerala pass was something joyful. There are some narrow turns where drifting is a nice feeling.
The original plan was to visit Tskhrajvari, but snow was so high out there I'd definitely get stuck there and this is a place where you don't want to get stuck completely alone: sometimes stones are falling from the cliff and if the van goes off the road and I fall down to the slope no one would find me till the next morning. So, I changed the route and went to Shaori lake. It was completely frozen. The snow was so high there was only one place where I could go out of the road and park at the beach. I parked around 50 m away from the main road. Frankly speaking I wanted to be remoted from people, but was afraid of getting stuck in a deep snow, moreover I didn't have neither snow chains nor winch. Actually, being alone makes people little bit insecure.
I made a tea, took a dinner and worked for a while. I watched some snow overlanding videos as well. Watching camping videos on camping trip - this is what I call addiction. To be honest, it didn't felt that lonely as long as I had internet. It's almost the same as being at home - I still had heating, a berth, food, hot beverage and internet. Just like at home. I was going to sleep once someone decided to do some snow wheeling just around my van.
It was a Mitsubishi Pajero io. They drifted for few minutes and guess what - they got stuck. There were 4 of them and I thought they would get out of it and leave soon, but their gearbox failed and ended up in the middle of a meter deep snow alone. They didn't even know I was in the van. The feeling of human supporting woke up in me, diminished my introvert character and I went out to help them.
We needed around an hour to get that car out of the parking. They were from Kutaisi too and had nowhere to stay that night. My van can't accommodate 5 persons, so I decided to tow them till Kutaisi. I did. Didn't slept that night at all and ended up at home at 7 a.m. I couldn't make a trip without humans, but the purpose of the trip was accomplished - I felt better and refreshed.
Taking a camper van trip isn't isolating from everyone else. It isolating from a boring everyday routine and being open to new adventures where ever you want.