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This Woman Restores Old Van To Travel Around The World With Her Rescue Dog

This Woman Restores Old Van To Travel Around The World With Her Rescue Dog

Marina Piro is a woman who has decided to take charge of her life and live it in the best way possible. Although born in Italy, she has chosen the bohemian way of life – travelling from place to place in an old restored van with her pet dog Odie.

Her old van which is a 5-door 2001 Renault Kangoo, is named Pam, which she restored herself after two months of research and on a budget of £500.

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She told Bored Panda [1] that, ‘“I will travel for as long as I can…Whether it’s with Pam or with a different means of transport. My plan is not to see as many places as possible but to really experience and get to know the places I go.”

This is how her van originally looked like:

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    After the repairs:

      There’s even a lil’ kitchenette:

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        And why is she doing this?

        Because she is bitten by wanderlust and is brave enough to chase her own dreams. She even created a blog [2] and an Instagram page [3] to empower and inspire other woman to follow their heart.

        As she says, “I believe that every choice of lifestyle is “cool” if it’s what you truly want to do whether it’s travelling, being a home mum or throwing yourself into a finance career..The blog was really created to make women feel like they could convert a van if they wanted to, even if they are alone/clueless/manless…Many women tell me ‘I wish I could do it, but would have no idea of where to start” or “I’m not brave enough to follow my dream.’ Well, they now have no excuse!”

            No matter who you are, what you do and where you come from – it’s never to late to begin anew and start living the life you want as long as you’re truly passionate and persistent. You are in control of our own life and instead of making excuses you should focus on what you have, make the most out of it and remain always positive.

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            Featured photo credit: pamthevan via pamthevan.com

            Reference

            [1] boredpanda: Woman Restores Old Van To Travel Around The World With Her Dog
            [2] Pamthevan: Homepage
            [3] Instagram: Pamthevan91

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            Last Updated on July 18, 2019

            10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

            10 Small Changes To Make Your House Feel Like A Home

            Your house is more than just a building that you live in. It should be a home that makes you feel welcome as soon as you open the front door.

            Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. To help you speed the process, follow this guide to 10 small changes to make your house feel like a home.

            1. Make the Windows Your Own

            When you move into a home, they often come with boring Venetian blinds or less than attractive curtains.

            One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature.

            2. Put up Some Art

            If you have a lot of bare walls in your home, it will seem sterile no matter how beautiful your paint or wallpaper is.

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            Hanging art on the walls will instantly give it personality and make it feel like home.

            3. Improve the Aroma

            A house that is not filled with inviting smells will never feel like a home. There are loads of ways you can make your home smell nice. There are tons of air fresheners on the market you can use.

            Incense and scented candles are a nice option as well. Don’t forget that baking in a home is also a great way to fill it with an aroma that instantly smells like home as soon as you open the front door.

            4. Put out Lots of Pillows and Throws

            A great way to make your home look warm and inviting is to place lots of pillows and throws out on the furniture. It is much better to have too many pillows than not enough.

            There is nothing like the feeling of sinking into a cushiony pillow that feels like a cloud to make you feel like you are at home.

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            5. Instantly Class up Your Closet

            If your closet is filled with wire or plastic hangers, it will never truly feel homey. To instantly make your closet feel classy, change out your old hangers for wooden ones.

            Not only do they look great, but they are better for hanging your clothes as well.

            6. Improve Your Air Quality

            One of the most overlooked ways to make your house feel more like a home is to improve its air quality.

            The easiest and best way to upgrade the air quality in your home is to change the old, dirty filters in your furnace regularly. Get some air filters delivered to your home so that you always have some on hand.

            7. Fill it with Plants

            Another way to improve the air quality in your home is to fill it with plants. You should have plants in every room of your home.

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            They help to improve the air quality and they look beautiful. As well as making your home appear homier, plants also help to boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

            8. Change the Doorknobs

            Most people don’t really give their doorknobs a second thought unless they are broken. That is a shame because changing your doorknobs is an easy way to add personality to your home.

            Changing your old, boring doorknobs to new ones that are works of art will instantly brighten your home.

            9. Upgrade Your Tub or Shower

            There is nothing like luxuriating in a whirlpool bath or steam shower to make the cares of the day melt away. Your family deserves a bit of luxury when they are in their bathroom.

            Install a new shower or tub today to make your bathroom worthy of a place in your home.

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            10. Fresh Cut Flowers

            You can make any room in your house feel homier by placing a vase full of beautiful flowers in it. The gorgeous look and intoxicating aroma of fresh cut flowers will immediately brighten your day when you encounter them.

            You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Try one or two a day though, and your house will feel like a home before you know it. The trick is to constantly keep adding these homey touches to make your home a place worthy of its name.

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