I’m celebrating 6 years living in my car – it started as a drunk decision but I wouldn’t look back

A YOUTUBER has said that she will never go back to normal life Six years after she made a life changing decision while drunk.

Rosa has become a huge fan of her Honda Element since she made the decision to live in it for over half a decade.

A Van Life YouTuber has been living in her Honda Element for six years after making a drunk decision with her roommate


A Van Life YouTuber has been living in her Honda Element for six years after making a drunk decision with her roommatePhoto credit: YouTube/Rosa

She runs a YouTube channel called LifeInMyElement with more than 21,000 subscribers and shares videos about her life on the go.

In a video released last month, Rosa shared that the life-changing decision to live in her car was made after a night of drinking.

“Why did I choose to live in a car?” she said while sitting in the back of her car.

“Basically, I got drunk with my roommate when I was living in Pennsylvania.”

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Rosa said the two observed a planet Earth documentary and the roommate said he plans to drive his Smart west and move to California.

“And I just had this weird idea to start traveling and I thought living in a car would be the best way,” Rosa said.

“Yeah, so I got really drunk and decided I wanted to quit my job, give up my apartment, and give up my life in Pennsylvania and hit the road.”

The adventurous driver answered several questions throughout the video, including how she can afford her lifestyle and what safety precautions she takes.

Rosa said she met many people on her travels and was surprised at how quickly she made friends with strangers.

“Even after a few days of traveling with someone, I feel like I’ve known them for years,” she said.

“People I meet when I’m living on the road just feel a lightness and comfort most of the time, and friendship just seems to happen overnight.”

Over time, Rosa has developed a bond with her car, which she calls Elrond the Element, but has said that she has had opportunities to switch to a different car in the past.

“I actually had the opportunity to live in a completely remodeled, basically brand new Ford Transit Extended Hybrid Van. With all the bells and whistles. And I said no,” she said.

“Once the idea was fully presented to me, I realized it was too much. It’s too much vehicle… it’s basically a home on wheels.”

She said the van wasn’t difficult enough for her and didn’t feel “adventurous.”

Rosa said she swapped Elrond’s motor and would pay the money to keep him on the road.

“As long as he’s not totaled, he’ll stay with me and we’ll stay together until the wheels fall off,” she said. “I am not giving up on Elrond.”

Rosa’s video received over a thousand comments from viewers who were impressed with her lifestyle.

“Dear Rosa, I just found your channel a few days ago and I absolutely adore the genuine and authentic person you are!” wrote one person.

“I’m 70 years old, was a full-time nomad for 3 years (from 65 to 68 and still would be if I hadn’t met the love of my life!) and I absolutely appreciate your videos just the way they are! It’s you.” One of the rare vanlifers that has that authentic approach, and that’s what I like about it!”

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“Just found your channel and this was absolutely fascinating. I live in a city, have a gardening business, rarely feel alone when I’m alone, and lately have been considering taking extended road trips, mostly sleeping in my small van,” he wrote to another person.

“Very inspiring. I had a little tears in my eyes when you started talking about your support.” Family. Be good!”

Rosa said she will never want to give up her adventurous lifestyle and enjoys making friends with people on the street


Rosa said she will never want to give up her adventurous lifestyle and enjoys making friends with people on the streetPhoto credit: YouTube/Rosa


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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