There is a warm sea breeze as he opens the door of his van. The Californian morning sun awoke the young Canadian from his sleep – not without compensation. The view: Majestic coastline as far as the eye can see and the Pacific foams on the shore. The perfect inspiration to refine lyrics or maybe practice a new guitar riff. What sounds like an idyllic music video clip to many, has become everyday life for Anthony Roberge. Sometimes he spends the night by the sea, sometimes under desert stars and sometimes in the city. Every night somewhere else, but always in the same bed: In his Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144.
When Anthony toasted the New Year on New Year’s Eve 2017, he made a radical decision. He would leave his home in Québec, his apartment, his job as a personal trainer behind him and pursue his passions: Music and travel. Vanlife made his dream come true. The graduate kinesiologist has been travelling through southern Canada and the USA for a year now. He enjoys being a part of nature, making music and meeting interesting people. “I love the freedom to be where I want to be. That’s a wonderful feeling,” he enthuses. How does he finance this freedom? Living in the van, Anthony has hardly any expenses. Here and there he plays a small street concert or performs in bars, festivals or campsites and earns a little extra. His concept: “Ready for a show anywhere.”
Sleeping between music equipment sounds uncomfortable. Therefore, a lot of storage space was the biggest condition when buying the right travel companion. “I needed space to store all my instruments under the bed,” Anthony explains. He found the solution at a second-hand car dealer in Québec: A seven-year-old Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144.
His brother helped him with tools and advice during conversion, because at that time the fresh van owner had hardly any technical experience. However, his biggest help was the Internet. YouTube showed him how to heat-insulate a van, install a vinyl floor, install a ceiling fan or build a bed drawer. All that was needed was a wardrobe, gas cooker, fan heater, swivel seat and water canister. And the dream began. Since then, he has found the time to do what he loves.