Walden, the Van.

In the past, we have lived our lives large. With age comes the maturity to know what is important in life – and what is window dressing. We choose to live intentionally in a campervan named “Wally”.

“…my greatest skill has been to want but little.”

Henry David Thoreau

The basics: Wally is a 2015 Fiat Ducato Knaus Boxstar conversion. We adopted him into our family in September of 2022, in a small town in central Germany. Previously, he had given years of dedication to a local family who took such good care of him, he was indistinguishable from new. Little did Wally know that his previous trips to Lake Como and the Austrian Alps would only be a training ground for what was to come.

Mad Dash

Our first experience with campervan living in Europe was interesting, if not a bit frenetic. 

Within 30 days of purchase, we needed to get Wally to Bulgaria to handle the registration and insurance. Starting slowly in Germany and Austria, we made our way toward Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Crossing from Croatia into Serbia, we were mistakenly identified as a “commercial vehicle” because we were still driving on the temporary German dealer plates. This was just… yeah. It was what it was.

Getting Back to Europe

Getting everything legal and insured in Bulgaria, we started our “get acquainted tour” through Greece and southern Italy. Wally performed flawlessly. 

We headed to the “tip of the boot” in Calabria before meeting friends further north for a last trip to the beach. Testing the waters of wild camping, we primarily used commercial campsites (and a couple of lovely “sostas“!)

Though our home may be small,
our windows open to a wide world.

Our cupboards full of olive oil and salami, we headed north into the Alps! We stayed in the heart of the Dolimites – one of our most cherished, special places. This is the promise of vanlife!

Walden "Wally" Campervan

Chassis: 2015 Fiat Ducato 150 Multijet Diesel

Conversion: Knaus BoxStar

Adopted On: 20 September 2022

Upgrades / Updates:

Planned Upgrades/Updates:
  • EcoFlow Power Unit
  • 400w Solar
  • UV Water Filter / Reverse Osmosis Filter


NOTE: None of these items are sponsored. We purchased all products at full price and have no affiliation with any of the brands/suppliers.

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