Woman Dumps Boyfriend, Quits Job to Live with Her Dog in Furnished Van

Woman Dumps Boyfriend, Quits Job to Live with Her Dog in Furnished Van

- A 26-year-old woman decided to quit her job and leave her boyfriend of five years to travel

- Linnea Schmelzer bought a van which she converted into a mini home all by herself

- She lives free by travelling across the US with her dog, a German Shepherd named Akela

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Have you ever thought of quitting your job and taking a long road trip to nowhere? Well, an American woman did precisely that.

Woman Dumps Boyfriend, Quits Job to Live with Her Dog in Furnished Van
Linnea Schmelzer quit her job and dumped her boyfriend to live in a van with her do. Photos: Linnea Schmelzer.
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Linnea Schmelzer quit her job and dumped her boyfriend of five years to move into a van with her German Shepherd named Akela.

The 26-year-old from Wisconsin spent N3,078,750 renovating the van where she could reside with her dog.

After putting all things in order, Schmelzer quit her job as a field instructor and started her own online health business.

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Fulfilling life

Schmelzer said she was happy at her previous workplace and was keen on building her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. However, she yearned for something more.

"I was seeking more depth, purpose, travels and experiences, so I decided to get the van,” she said.

Dumping boyfriend

Schmelzer further divulged that she had envisioned spending the rest of her life with her former boyfriend, but it did not happen.

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"Our decision was mutual, and we are still very close friends," said the nomad.

Building van

Schmelzer bought the van in May 2020 and started turning it into a home she could live in.

She singlehandedly did most of the work on the van, which boasts of electricity, cabinets and a bed just like normal homes.

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However, due to the vehicle’s confined space, Schmelzer did not install a shower or toilet.

She instead uses public restrooms or relieves herself in the wilderness.


Schmelzer let on that she feels safe with Akela because she is protective and warns her of approaching danger.

The young lady has no plans of giving up the nomad lifestyle any time soon.

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In 2019, Legit.ng reported on a 19-year-old girl, Jennelle Eliana, who lived with her pet snake in a van.

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Many would wonder how she copes with the basic luxuries living in a house affords such as having a bathroom and a toilet.

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In one of her videos, Jennelle explained that she sometimes looks for a socially acceptable open place where she can bathe but she prefers to bathe at a gym bathroom. She added that she has been doing that every day for close to two years.

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