The "van life" trend is preparing people to accept owning nothing so they'll be okay "living sustainably" in pods. I've seen thousands of Instagram reels/TikToks now saying: "when people say settle down in a home & have kids" and then a bunch of van traveling pictures. Examples:
There is nothing wrong with taking a roadtrip or driving across the country, that's a very American thing to do. What IS weird is the explicit anti-family and property sentiments that always go with these posts.
@kenzietuff Yeah, then after a while, they discover how f'd up their decision was. That is not an easy life to live. It's great fun in the beginning, but over time, they find their life has very little meaning.
@kenzietuff Talking to a model who does it due to the nature of her work which requires a ton of travel... the money you "save" on rent etc you spend on gas and maintenance... and you gotta be a hardy person.
For her it makes sense, but it definitely doesn't make sense for everyone to do