After leaving her job in 2017, Viki packed the few things she had into a converted Volkswagen T5 van (named “Van illa”) and hit the road. Accompanied by her dog Cleo, the two now travel full time through Scandinavia, the Baltics, and eastern Europe.
In planning her conversion, she wanted a comfortable bed, flexible kitchen, and the process to be sustainable with natural materials or secondhand items. She used natural insulation materials including hemp and jute, wood fiber, and cork. Linoleum flooring was also installed on top of a thick plywood bottom panel.
The mattress was strategically placed in the back so she could relax in bed with views out the window. Around the bed, she added a small clothes cabinet and an L-shaped storage area with high and low shelving which holds her drinking water container and mini fridge. She also added a huge pull-out drawer accessible from the back that serves as her kitchen.