Woman who lives in a van explains how she does it on TikTok

Do you ever fantasize about quitting your job, moving out of your place, and living life on the road? Seems impossible, right? How do you make money? How do you stay safe? How do you survive without all of the creature comforts you’re accustomed to?

Abigail Martin, a 20-year-old photographer and social media influencer, has taken that giant leap into the unknown by buying a conversion van and taking it on the road. On her TikTok page, she shows people what nomadic life is like and how anyone can join her.

It all started when she was in high school and started watching #VanLife videos online. By the time she graduated, she had no interest in going to college or joining the rat race.


So she worked four jobs until she saved up $18,000 to purchase a 2017 Ford Transit with 54,000 miles on it. It cost an extra $10,000 to install a bed, a kitchen, and to set up the electrical.

“In the morning, I would work at a coffee shop from 6 a.m. to noon, then I would walk across the street to a boutique from noon to 6 p.m,” she told The New York Times. “Then I’d go waitress at a restaurant from 6 p.m. until closing. On off-days, I was running my own photography business.”

Abigail purchased her van during the height of lockdowns and used her TikTok page to engage with people when we were all forced to be apart. Now, her page has over 730,000 followers and her videos have 18.3 million likes.

If you’ve ever dreamed of dropping out and living life on the road, here are a few videos we’ve selected from Abigail’s page to get you started.

How does the electricity work?

@abigailmartiin

How i have electricity in my van!! #vanlife #fyp #climber #washingtoncheck #vanconversion #foryoupage #vanbuild #outdoors #travel #hiking

How does she use the restroom?

@abigailmartiin

How i go potty πŸ•ΊπŸΌ #vanlife #vanconversion #fyp #adventure #travel #toilet #camping #foryou

How does she shower?

@abigailmartiin

see i’m not a dirtbag 100% of the time πŸ˜‰ #vanlife #fyp #caravanning #vanbuild #solofemaletraveler #camping #adventure #travel

How does she make money?

@abigailmartiin

Reply to @ihave.6babydaddies i do work & heres how! #vanlife #buslife #travel #fyp #solofemaletravler #photographer #adventure #camping

How does she stay safe?

@abigailmartiin

Reply to @whyamisigningupforthis How i stay safe! #vanlife #vanbuild #solofemaletraveler #solofemalevanlife #outdoors #travel #fyp

How to identify a sketchy campsite.

@abigailmartiin

fun times as a solo female :))) #vanlife #solofemalevanlife #adventuredog #fyp #travel #pnw

What’s her morning routine like?

@abigailmartiin

a morning in a van. #vanlife #fyp #travel #camping #vanconversion #solofemaletraveler #adventure #foryou #morningroutine #breakfast #coffee

Abigail shares her greatest realization.

@abigailmartiin

here’s your daily existential crisis πŸ™‚ go live yo life #motivational #fyp #vanlife #travel #adventure #inspirational #solofemaletraveler

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