Lesson of the Day: ‘How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van’

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Lesson Overview

Featured Piece: “How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van”

In this lesson, you’ll find out about a New York Times reporter who transformed a minivan into his dwelling throughout the pandemic, then visited 39 states. After you click on via, you’ll provide you with your individual journey plans.

Warm-Up

1. Have you ever taken a memorable highway journey? Where did you go, and what made the journey fascinating or particular?

2. Watch the seven-second video beneath from the featured piece. What do you discover? What do you assume the video exhibits?

Video

Vocabulary

Here are 10 phrases you’ll discover in this text that you could be not know:

1. convert 2. glimpse three. elaborate four. decide 5. assortment 6. simplicity
7. recreation eight. occasional 9. rely 10. frequent

Which phrases are you conversant in? Which phrases are new to you?

Use this checklist of phrases and their definitions on Vocabulary.com to study what every phrase means and to observe utilizing it.

Questions for Writing and Discussion

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

I’m an editor on the Travel desk.

Last fall I transformed my S.U.V. into a very primary camper van.

Here’s how I did it, and a glimpse of my current journeys →

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

The web is full of examples of elaborate camper-van conversions.

I opted for a a lot less complicated strategy: I eliminated my rear seats and changed them with a flat platform the place I can work throughout the day and sleep at evening.

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

My mattress is a small mattress that folds up and out of the approach. Beside it I preserve an assortment of bins and luggage — for meals, water, clothes, toiletries.

The secret’s simplicity: I carry as little as I can, and I attempt to preserve issues organized.

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

So far I’ve pushed about 14,000 miles and visited 39 states.

Mostly I’ve camped in nationwide forests — although I’ve additionally slept in nationwide parks, state parks, recreation areas and the occasional parking zone.

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

My days start early, particularly if I make it out for a dawn hike.

If I’m touring throughout the week, I’ll discover a place to work — both by connecting to my Wi-Fi hotspot or by sitting exterior a native library, café or espresso store.

How I Spent My Pandemic Year in a Camper Van

Stephen HiltnerReporting from the highway 🚘

I carry a small tenting range and generally use it to make ramen or oatmeal, however I use it a lot lower than I thought I would.

Instead I depend on meals from normal shops — and frequent espresso stops.

See an essay I wrote about my travels. Or ask me your car-camping questions on Instagram: @sahiltner.

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Read the piece (on-line or as a printable PDF). Then reply the following questions.

1. The article’s title is “How I Spent My Year in a Camper Van.” Can you write a comparable title on your personal pandemic yr? “How I Spent My Pandemic Year in .”

2. How did the writer flip his S.U.V. into a camper van?

three. What provides does the writer preserve in his camper van? If you traveled round in a camper van, what different provides would you wish to deliver?

four. How is the writer capable of do his work as a reporter whereas dwelling in a camper van?

5. Would you wish to be a journey editor and journey round in a camper van? Why, or why not?

Going Further

Option 1: Create your individual article about a journey you took, even when it was simply in your hometown or round your neighborhood, like the writer did. Choose a few images (the article has six), and for every, write one to 3 sentences about the journey.

Option 2: Imagine your individual highway journey. Where would you wish to journey? Whom would you wish to go to, or what would you wish to see? Create an itinerary — a deliberate route — of the place you’d go and when. It may appear like this:

My Trip to Pennsylvania

Day 1: I will drive from Boston to Pittsburgh.

I will keep in the Allegheny National Forest.

Day 2: I will go to the metropolis of Pittsburgh.

I will go to The Andy Warhol Museum.

I will hike on Mount Washington.

I will eat pirogies for dinner.

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