Episode 43: Care is a Two-Way (City) Street
Featuring Rachel Fairchild
As a nurse, Rachel has studied and practiced the art of giving care for quite a while. But it wasn’t until she moved into a van that she started to appreciate what it takes to receive it from others.
No matter how, how often, where you go, or who you travel with, there is a certain sense of self-reliance that everyone who hits the road or lives in a camper needs to take on in order to be successful. But as you’ll hear in this episode, there’s also a great power in learning to accept care from others—be it directly or indirectly, ongoing or in one passing moment—because being on the road, or supporting those who are, also means being a part of a community. And our strength is in how we care for one another.
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In this episode, you’ll hear:
The vintage van Rachel lives in, and how she renovated it to suit her lifestyle
Why Rachel stealth camps part-time, and how she does it
The benefit of parking in cities with other van travelers
The importance of accepting help and support from others while traveling
How Rachel’s career as a nurse interacts with her life as a van dweller
What it’s like for Rachel to find a balance between urban and wild camping
What makes social media useful for van travelers, and how it can hinder
The unlikely resources Rachel turned to for support with her build and beyond
Rachel’s insights on the RV community and how it’s different from #vanlife
Tips on how to be a considerate and safe stealth camper
Why you don’t have to spend a lot of money to outfit your vehicle for travel
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Rachel Fairchild on Instagram @the_dirtbag_nurse
She Explores, a book by Gale Straub - available for pre-order now!
Women On The Road on Instagram - @womenontheroad
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Photos courtesy of Megan Cable
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