PHOTO: Chrissy started her vanlife journey in an old Nissan she nicknamed The Tortoise. Picture: Brisbanegirlinavan Source: Supplied.

CHRISSY Junge was sick of paying sky-high rents. And there was no way she could afford her home — even working full time. So she packed up her belongings and moved into a van.

The Brisbane local is one of a growing number of Australians who have abandoned the traditional housing market for an alternate way to put a roof over their heads.