Vanlife may look glamorous on Instagram, but it may not be so glamorous when you realize you need to sleep in three layers of long underwear.
Vanlifer and semi-influencer Georgia Broderick just shared on her Instagram a series of behind-the-scenes videos on what vanlife in winter is really like. Broderick, who lives around the Toronto area, is a route-setter at her local climbing gym. She and fiancé Alejandro have been living the vanlife full-time for the last two years in the Great White North, and if her videos are any indication, it’s not all the carefree lifestyle you may see on Instagram. Since Broderick lives near Toronto, she’s no stranger to cold temperatures. “The coldest night we’ve spent in the van so far was -35 degrees Celsius,” she told Matador — about -31 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re thinking about buying that sweet Sprinter van you’ve seen on Craigslist and traveling through North America, you may first want to check out her videos on vanlife in winter and make sure you have the will (and the thick sweaters) to make it work.