Once a contestant on 'The Bachelorette,' Dean Unglert now lives out of a van and travels the world. Here's why he says it was his best decision yet.
Mar 10, 2020, 23:42 IST
Dean Unglert is an American television personality and travel blogger/enthusiast who is known for appearing on season 13 of The Bachelorette, seasons 4 and 6 of Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor Winter Games.
In June 2019, Unglert was looking for a change - and moved into his van full-time.
Living in his van has given him more freedom to travel - he doesn't worry about expenses back home, and wants to embark on more domestic travel.
There are hardships: He doesn't have a toilet or shower in the van, so he has to plan out when he'll use the restroom and often bathes at the gym or jumps into a body of water.
But he says he's living out his dreams, and his journey has only just begun.
If you've been paying any attention to the travel industry, you have probably noticed that van life is becoming more of a wanderlust pipedream than ever before. Through platforms like Instagram and YouTube, you'll see thousands of photos and videos glamorizing a lifestyle that's been looked down on by many for so long.
In fact, it might be enough to make you want to move all your belongings into a tiny home-on-wheels and hit the open road … or maybe not. There's a lot of reasons why the van life is so appealing, but it also comes with its hardships.
Before I went on reality TV (for the first time), I worked a 9-5 job in an office in Los Angeles.
Then, one day, it hit me: The perfect compromise to leave LA but still have a piece of home ... I moved out of my house in Venice, CA and moved my life into a 2006 high top Sprinter.
In June 2019, I officially moved out of my house and into my van full time.
Although living in a van gives me more freedom to travel, it does come with its own challenges.
Leaving everything behind to move into a van has proven to be one of the most fulfilling decisions I could have made.