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Winter Vanlife: Christmas Day not so alone…


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Matthew Allen
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440, 10816 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, AB Canada
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My name is Matthew and I live in a van. I lost my job due to “cut backs” from the pandemic of 2020 and decided to seriously restructure my life. I am also a single dad who needed to find a solution that would allow me to remain in my daughter's life and plan for her future. After tons of research into #vanlife, I knew it was for me.

From March 2021 until October 2021 I spent my days building out my Chevrolet Express 2500, which came to be known as “Lucky” and as of October 18, 2021 I have been living in Lucky full time.

The build was done with almost no experience on my end and I used the one incredible tool I had at my disposal – the internet – to learn what I needed to build Lucky into a very comfortable tiny home.

I have always had a bit of a passion for being in front of the camera and really enjoy capturing the world around us. This really played into how I was feeling after almost a year of working from home when I “commuted” from the bedroom to the couch. I was starting to feel extremely unhealthy, unmotivated and despondent. I HATED that, and that's not a word I like to throw around. This new lifestyle gives me opportunities I just didn't have before and I am so excited to be able to share it all with you.

I truly believe we all have the capabilities to turn our lives around, should we choose to do so – and if I can inspire you to shoot for something better then I have done a decent job and that will keep me going.

There is more to life than the consume, consume, spend, spend lifestyle I feel we have all been conditioned to follow and I just want to do the best I can for myself first and foremost. Our time is limited and I do not want to waste another second on a lifestyle that doesn't bring me joy!

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Date: January 4, 2023

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37 thoughts on “Winter Vanlife: Christmas Day not so alone…

  1. Hi Matthew, I must say we have a few things in common. You mentioned in one of your videos that you are an introvert, so am I but I could never do what you do and do it so well. I run from a camera. Although some people may say you don't act like an introvert, I see the signs 😊. In this video you talked about how you used to like Christmas a certain way, well I felt the exact same way until it couldn't be that way anymore. After my Dad passed away it's never been the same and 14 years later I still wish it could be. I'm so happy that you were able to be with a good friend and I'm sure Amber appreciated the friendship as well. Wishing you and your family, cats and humans a very happy and healthy new year. All the best! 😊 🇨🇦 ☮️

  2. I need to find other vandwellers in Michigan! I live in a rusty 2006 chevy express cargo van. Most people I come across have nice vans and I think my van is ugly due to the rust and gm paint peel. Unfortunately I don't have the funds to make it look better externally. It has been my home for going on 3 Michigan winters. The salt causing rust has killed the rockers and bottoms of the doors!

  3. Matt you are very fortunate to witness such beautiful surroundings not just on Christmas Day but any day you travel around Canada, it’s such a beautiful country and continue to show us more and more. Love from across the pond x 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧

  4. I love the "REAL-NESS!" thanku I know it. Takes "ALOT !" ( your giving alot of us alot of inspiration and hope !!! Its SOOOOOO nice to know that that are other "like minded'"people out there verrrrrrrrry few far and few in between and all that jazz 😬😳🙄😭🤗🤗🤗😉🙂😆god bless every likeminded people out there!!🙂🤗🤗

  5. Just rewatched Christmas Past- last year's Christmas video. Did you get new patches for your blanket this year? Lindsey is so creative. A beautiful (and useful) keepsake❤. And, 😺😺 Approved.
    Enjoyed this year's video so much, Matt. The scenery and friendship- awesome. 🫠 Huggs to Penny & Stella. Happy New Year to Lindsey, Sadie, Brooklyn, and your family in BC 🥳🥂🥳

  6. The opening sequence looks like a postcard. The Rockies are magical. My son lives in Colorado and we aren’t together for the holidays this year. Like you, I have memories of Christmas past with family and friends and tons of gifts. But a quiet Christmas with good memories is wonderful too. I’m grateful for FaceTime and Skype. Happy New Year!

  7. Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 ❤ Home is where the heart is
    And my heart is anywhere you are
    Anywhere you are is home
    I don't need a mansion on a hill
    That overlooks the sea
    Anywhere you're with me is home- Elvis Presley

  8. What I think, for what it’s worth, here in the UK. I think, you have spent a very special Christmas Day here. Experiencing something new and a bit different to what’s considered, for many of us, as normal. It looked beautiful. I’m sure you will return one day to “the norm”. But for now, I’m glad you are living a life full of different and interesting experiences. Lovely to watch.

  9. Hey Matt, I am new to your channel. First I am enjoying all of your content. I am also in the middle of catching up on your van build. Thanks for just sharing all of it. Merry Christmas to you penny and Stella. Tell Amber I said merry Christmas as well. I could not find her channel.

  10. Happy New Year 2023 Matt Amber Penny Stella and of course Diesel Heater nothing to be van life without it to keep heat the home in wheels.
    Banff it is amazing place to visit some day, beauty of the nature in all seasons definetly.

  11. The only thing missing is Lindsey and Sadie. I think Lindsey needs a van for weekend excursions with you and Amber. Everyone needs a Lindsey in their life. Your videos with her are some of my favorites. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, since I’m watching this on December 31st.

  12. Now you can see where milk would have made it a bit thicker 😊 I have not seen those “balls” here in Victoria and omg peppermint spoons??? Such a beautiful place, Banff has always been a favourite place of mine, but haven’t been there in decades. Beautiful Rockies! Great video Matthew and such a memorable Christmas Day. Penny and Stella will have their own channel soon. Happy New Year to you and Amber and best of everything in 2023! Was nice to see a glimpse of the newest member of the Allen family. That meal is much better than McDonalds. Looked great you two!

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