Casey Told Us That Living In A Van Prepared Her For The Worst Bits Of 'Australian Survivor'
Van life is a lot like jungle life, eliminated 'Australian Survivor' contestant Casey Hawkins reckons.
Before she signed up to the gruelling reality show, Casey was living on the open road, without so much as a television to watch 'Survivor' on -- the horror!
"It was pretty crazy, because I hadn’t actually seen an episode of ‘Survivor’ prior to signing up to be on the show," she told 10 daily following her elimination.
"I was living out of my campervan, I think it was for about two years that I’d been living in my van, so I don’t really even watch television," she explained.
But during a housesitting stint in Darwin, Casey happened to see the show's casting call and thought it would be the perfect next move, using all the skills she'd learnt while travelling Australia.
"I thought, van life was coming to an end and I felt like I’d learned a lot of skills from living in a van, so what would the next thing be that I could test myself with, and it was going to a jungle in Fiji and being on ‘Survivor’!" Casey told 10 daily.
First and foremost, living inside a vehicle that you park in public places and has a lot of windows taught Casey to stop giving a f*** about what people might think -- a very useful trait for life under the microscope on 'Australian Survivor'.
"I think one of the things is, because you don’t have walls to hide yourself away, you’re comfortable being around people all the time, so it’s similar to 'Survivor' in that you’re having to live in the public eye and in close proximity to lots of people, and you’re constantly talking to people," she told 10 daily.
Casey's life on the road meant that she wasn't too shocked by the 'Australian Survivor' kitchen -- i.e an outdoor fire and a block of wood to chop coconuts on.
"Even though you obviously have a lot of food at hand [in the van], there are no kitchen facilities, so the lifestyle in the van made it quite easy to adapt to jungle life!" she explained.
Life in the jungle came to a confusing end this week as her Champions tribe attempted to vote Harry out, but was thwarted by his secret immunity idol.
But it's not straight back to the van from Casey, who is settling into a much more regimented lifestyle post-'Survivor'.
"I sold the van today!" she told 10 daily.
"It’s a huge life shock to come back and not have a van and not have that sense of freedom to take off straight away, so I’m currently in Melbourne, working a 9-5 job!"