Woman turns run-down van into stunning motorhome and travels the world in it

A woman turned a run-down van into a stunning motorhome – and she now lives in it.

Hatti Webster is a full-time traveller who has been living in the camper van since April.

According to Birmingham Live, she lived in Bristol for five years before moving out in the spring to explore France from her caravan.

The 27-year-old has been sharing snippets of her journey with her 52,600 followers on her Instagram page @thecampercreative.

Speaking about her journey, she told Vehicle Contracts: “After university, I bought my first van, renovated it and travelled Europe for a summer back in 2016.

"That was when I got the bug! I knew after that, that one day I would convert another van and continue the adventures, however at the time I was broke and had no idea what job I wanted to do!”

Hatti continued: “I began working in marketing in Bristol and absolutely fell in love with the career, so after a few years of working, I began saving again.

“I had actually originally planned to move to Canada and buy a van over there, but when Covid hit, that plan soon evaporated.

“So, I decided to buy a van in the UK, renovate it (at my parent’s house!) and begin exploring Europe.”

Hatti bought her current van back in September 2020 and began renovating it right away.

She said: “I didn’t have the biggest budget for the conversion, so I had to settle for a van that was slightly older and had higher mileage.”

Hatti added: "Travelling in my previous van helped hugely when it came to designing this one, I knew there were certain elements that I absolutely couldn't live without and so, created the layout based on those features.

“The main features of the van include a width-ways double bed, a permanent seating area with slideout table, sink and kitchen unit with a fridge and 3 ring hob.

“I also built a composting loo that slides underneath the bed.

"I tried to use lightweight materials when building the van in order to minimise weight, so the majority of the units are built from plywood, the walls from pine cladding and the ceiling (my favourite part) are made from red cedar.

“I opted for a mixture of recycled bottle wool and Celotex insulation, which was then covered by a layer of bubble foil to act as a vapour barrier."

After spending £5,000 on the van, Hatti forked out the same amount to renovate it.

The savvy traveller believes she’s actually made a profit by decking out the campervan too.

She said: “Vans of a similar age and build go for approximately £14,000 – £18,000 in the UK at the moment.”

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So what’s next for Hatti?

She said: “I am currently in France and have spent a lot of time exploring the French Alps (I am a keen skier, snowboarder and hiker) but am planning on heading south to Spain and Portugal over the summer.

“There is so much to explore in Europe and I am in no rush, so I plan to travel slowly and spend my winters in the mountains and my summers catching waves on the beaches.”

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