The dark side of vanlife | Living in my car between two night shifts | December 2019
So basically my life in my car consisted of to main challenges: working night shift in three hotels in Munich at the reception and sleeping in the day in the car. Especially in the summer or on the weekends it was partly impossible to sleep with all the people coming to the parking lots.
The dark side
Sure it feels safer to sleep in the day then to sleep at night if you live in your car. Because you kind of have the feeling that gangsters would prefer to rob or injure people at night because they don’t want to be seen.
But the probability of noise on a parking lot it’s 1000% higher in the day. Especially on the parking lots which I was used to go to. Parking lots meant for people who wanted to go hiking or walking along a lake or river or in a forest. In the above mentioned video, you can see that sometimes motocross bike cars are driving on the parking lot, which means that I woke up because of the unbearable noise.
In summer, it was even more difficult to sleep in the car, as the sun was wandering on the sky and often glared into my sleeping room in the afternoon, heating up the car so much that I often woke up sweating and had to open the doors. Once I also had to have a little shower with some bottles of water next to the car because I was overheated.
Why don’t you give up?
You could say this lifestyle has a lot of disadvantages. But nevertheless I love this lifestyle. I am free. I can stay wherever I want. I can be in the middle of nature. I can bathe in rivers and lakes every day. I can discover new areas and have new adventures every day. Also, with the job in the three hotels, I had enough money to go to thermal baths, get some massages and other spa treatments, go to restaurants, do sightseeing, and go to Christmas markets. I enjoyed this time very much.