Woman in Cornwall on the highs and lows of van life

Woman in Cornwall on the highs and lows of van life

Two years ago, Charlotte Bradman packed all her belongings into her caravan and drove to what she describes as “one of the most beautiful places in the country” – Cornwall. She once had a mortgage on a house in the small town of Keighley in West Yorkshire, where she lived for 14 years.

But she explained that it was “voluntarily” repossessed a number of years ago, as it was in negative equity. After losing her home, her dog, and her long-term relationship in a short period of time, she forced herself to reevaluate what she wanted from life.

Charlotte explained that she chose to move to Cornwall as she had holidayed in the area since her 20s and had spent a number of summer seasons in Newquay. It is also the ideal place for her to connect with nature and pursue her passion of sea swimming as a qualified mindfulness therapist.

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“It helped with my anxiety and I wanted to help others,” she said. “When you’re in the sea, you don’t have the ability to have other things in your mind, you just focus on where you are at that moment.”

Charlotte, who is parked in her van along the beautiful Falmouth seafront, said the best thing about the van life is the stress-free lifestyle that comes with it. “It’s so much less stressful than being in a regular house,” she explained. “It opened so many doors for me and you have nothing to worry about, you can connect with other people and other opportunities. You are not limited to just one location either.

“My financial obligations are reduced and I am not as affected by the cost of living because the only things I have to pay for are van tax, vehicle insurance and fuel. It gave me a sense of freedom and I have more mind for things that really matter.”

Pictured in Falmouth where she is parked, Charlotte Bradman has been living in her van for the past two years (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

Charlotte Bradman embraces a more sustainable way of life (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

Charlotte Bradman pictured in Falmouth, where overnight parking along the beach has been banned (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

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