We traded our £1k a month Edinburgh flat for a converted ambulance – complete with shower, sink, and gas hob


An adventurous couple has found a unique way to slash their bills by moving into a converted ambulance. Calum Rafferty and Roksana Rychlik, both 28, have transformed the vehicle into their mobile home, allowing them to travel across Scotland and Europe. The former ambulance, purchased for £4,500 on Gumtree, has been equipped with solar panels, a log burner, shower, sink, and gas hob. The couple has also added their own creative touches, such as a table made from a whisky barrel and cushions made from old curtains.

Leaving the City Behind

After living in Edinburgh and spending £1,000 a month on rent and council tax, the couple decided to pursue their dream of a more sustainable and off-grid lifestyle. They studied photography together at Napier University and then left the city to embark on their adventure. While working at whisky and gin shops during the week, they spent their weekends transforming their Peugeot Boxer into a cozy living space.

From Distillery to Distillery

Once the van conversion was complete, Calum obtained his HGV license, and the couple moved to Islay in 2021 to work at Bruichladdich Distillery. After a year on the island, they set out to explore Scotland and Europe, visiting nine countries in just two and a half months. Their travels were documented on YouTube.

Back to Scotland's Remote Beauty

After running low on funds, Calum and Roksana returned to Scotland and made their way to remote Ardnamurchan in Ross-shire. Calum secured another distillery job in the area and the couple fell in love with the stunning surroundings. They are now planning their next adventure, ready to hit the road again in the new year.

Calum Rafferty and Roksana Rychlik have documented their travel on YouTube
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