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Canadians convert vans into homes to overcome "9 to 5 shatters"

A few years ago, Chrome Valdez suffered from the challenges many Canadians face on a daily basis.

"It was like bullying, so can I afford to pay the rent," the British Colombian said when he visited Novascosia.

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Valdes will soon be alive Being fed up with Peishek, he decided to overhaul his lifestyle in an unconventional way.

"I needed to change my life. I was tired of the 9-5 grind. So I slowed down 9-5, quit my job that day and went to my van. I moved and started the YouTube channel, "he said.

He went into the world of creative production and recorded his experience online.

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His YouTube channelcurrently has over 200,000 subscribers He makes a living from the income it generates.

"It fluctuates. There are good months and bad months, but it kept me full, dogs full, and kept us traveling," he said. ..

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Van's lifestyle took him all over the country to go on an adventure. House.

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"Some of us can't afford the high living costs and lack of affordable apartments today. That's why the channel has a wide range of messages, "he said.

While traveling, he connected with another vanYouTuber. Emily Gerin was a Quebec-born woman who struggled to buy basic necessities, worked as a caretaker, and earned a minimum wage.

"Believe it or not, I slept in the car for a year, during which time I was obviously saving money on rent, and I got into that car I bought this van after living for a year, "she said.

Emilie Guerin is a full-time YouTuber. She records her van life experience with her cat, Kelly. Alexa MacLean / Global Halifax

Valdez and Guerin have formed a relationship. The two embrace the nomadic lifestyle, despite the stigma they may face.

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"There's a lot for those who don't understand it. They see us as homeless. But this is 100% of my house, "Valdes said.

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