I can't stop looking at camper van conversions or stop myself from emailing custom van companies. It's always been a dream of ours to travel around different countries in a van. When we added it to the beginning of our 6 month trip to Mexico and Belize, we planned to buy something cheap but reliable and sell it before we left for Puerto Vallarta. But now I can't stop thinking of buying something custom and enjoying it for years to come!!
Our current plan:
is to buy a van in Vegas and drive it to Cancun.
Then stay in Cancun for 30 days
Then stay in Tulum for 30 days
Then stay on the North side of Yucatan in Valladolid and on the coast for 30 days.
Then stay in Belize for 30 days.
(all of these places are within a reasonable driving distance from each other)
Then we planned to sell the van before we go to Puerto Vallarta and Cabo.
But all the money and work it would take to get a custom van wouldn't be worth it if we only kept it for 4 months. So what can we do to make it worth it?
How can we make this work?
The type of van that would be a good investment and the most reliable would be buying something new like a Sprinter and totally converting it into something completely custom and amazing. But this runs about $100k... which is only worth it if you actually live in it and don't pay rent. Or if you use it for years 1/2 living in the van 1/2 paying rent at Airbnb's or hotels.
But if we only use it for the first 4 months of our trip and then sell it, it's not worth all the trouble even if we sold it and made our money back.
So what can we do?
One option is to obviously not sell it after Belize, and either leave it in storage there and come back for it, or drive it to Puerto Vallarta which is dangerous but possible.
Then even if we settle down in one of these places by the end of the journey, we could keep it and explore in it for the rest of our lives.
But it's still a lot of money... but I cannot stop thinking about it!! What do you guys think?! COMMENT BELOW!!