Van Plan: A Story For Anyone With Big Dreams and Zero Motivation

Andrew Folts
9 min readJul 29, 2023

July 29, 2023—For years I’ve been dreaming about van life, but living at home has made it hard to get motivated.

Hello, my name’s Andrew, and I’m just trying to live the dream, but life…is not cooperating.


When I was a kid I read this book called The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Pete where a caboose named Katy escapes her boring life on the tracks to go live out in nature…

…and after that literally all I wanted was to buy a cabin in the woods and come up with interesting stories for a living.


Naturally I went to college as a creative writing major, but after two years of everyone telling me how “unrealistic” it was to try and make it as an author I dropped out.

Which kicked off this ten-year free fall where I went back to school for advertising, got a job as a copywriter, quit, moved back home, started freelancing, became a shoe salesman, and then zig-zagged from coding to design to illustration to life…



Andrew Folts

Author of 365 Comics. Writer, illustrator, and barefoot runner slinging minimalist hacks for creative rebels.