Since March and April of 2020, we’ve all been more or less accustomed to remote work, and some of us who are lucky and able to work from home, have realized that we can work from anywhere in the world.
It’s one thing to travel to a destination and work from there, a whole other thing to live and work in a van and be a full-time nomad. If this sounds right up your alley, then this startup called Kift Inc., with its Silicon Valley-style RV park subscriptions, merges the functions of WeWork and Airbnb all in one.
Members can park their vans in one of the company’s 4 compounds, or “clubhouses,” for $925 per month (or $425 per month on the annual plan). For an additional $2,500 per month, they can rent a modified Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van from the company. In terms of functionality, the locations are RV parks with friendlier neighbors and more upscale amenities.
Groups of approximately 25 travelers live together in the vicinity of one fixed facility for roughly a month as opposed to traveling alone, searching each night for internet access, and a flat space to park. These setups come with a kitchen, big tables for laptop use and very fast Wi-Fi.
On their website, the company shares:
“Using vans as mobile bedrooms and a network of stunning community houses for co-working, cooking, and connecting, Kift members are co-creating a new way of living. We are working toward a brighter future—one that is community-first, sustainable, accessible, dynamic, and integrated with nature. We believe that cities of the future will be geo-distributed, hybrid digital/physical, non-hierarchical, and autonomous.”
Kift has the most strategic business plan and ideas of all the businesses, profiting from this rise in remote work that serves the desire for wanderlust. Not only is a van being rented to you, but you are also being persuaded to adopt an unconventional lifestyle that places a strong emphasis on sharing everything, even aspirations and dreams, with a community of like-minded individuals.
What Kift is doing represents the future of work, cities, co-living, driverless vehicles, and electric automobiles. It offers a new way to engage with work culture that de-centers work as a means to an end, and instead, turns it into an all-encompassing experience that nourishes both the mind and the body.
Photo via Kift