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College apartment to life on the road. PHOTOS: MÍCHEÁL HOWARD


#REDDRAGGON


After years together in a gear-crammed college apartment, Mícheál Howard, Eoin Farrell and Simon McCormack started life on the road. Although they opt to camp outside of their car instead of sleeping in it, they all consider it home base. The three Irishmen agree that van life has made a world of difference to their European travels. “It’s the freedom really,” says Howard, “not having to worry about campsites or hotels. You can stay wherever you want.” The trio headed out on their first three-month kayaking trip last summer, and it won’t be their last.


30 | RAPID


VEHICLE NAME #RedDraggon


VEHICLE/MAKE/MODEL Citroën Berlingo


ODOMETER READING 100,000 kilometers


ESSENTIAL FEATURES


Roof racks were a mandatory addition for carrying boats, but the group also got a rack for the back to carry a bike for shuttles. Finally, they added three big bins “to store all the living gear in the boot.”


RENO COST


“The turbo went in it, and that cost $2,500 to replace. But other than that just the regular maintenance and servicing costs.”


OCCUPANCY (PEOPLE)


Zero. “We spent one night with all three of us inside and it was miserable.”


OCCUPANCY (BOATS)


Eight—creekers on the roof and playboats in the back.


MEMORABLE MOMENT


“Driving through amazing mountains and landscapes with great music blaring on the radio.”


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