Is there a more romantic way to see the world than by van? Waking up in your office/living room to the smell of coffee that your partner is brewing right next to your bed, and poking your head out the door to a view of the ocean, or a jungle waterfall, or an endless desert, or snowcapped mountains? These folks don’t think so. With 164,000 miles of highway in the United States alone, these “van-lifers” have picked lifestyle that offers new sights, cultural exchanges, and challenges every single day.
But don’t think that trekking the globe by van is always smooth sailing. Installing a full kitchen within a few square feet can’t be a breeze, and keeping warm in the winter with nothing but a campfire and a car battery is less than ideal. Plus, and I’m sure I’m not alone here, a toilet and shower are really, really crucial to my happiness as a modern person. So kudos to these van-lifers who see the world without the amenities so many of us can’t imagine giving up.
This family of four is living the dream of traveling around Australia in a fried-out Kombi (VW Bus). Excellent source of info when trying to map out the perfect family vacation.
This account follows a group of winter sport athletes as they travel up and down the Americas, from the US to Argentina.
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This Australian duo criss-cross the world’s smallest continent with a guitar and a hunger for finding new swimming holes. Best account to follow before planning a trip Down Under.
Without question the best nature photographer on this list, this account focuses less on the ins and outs of traveling full-time and more on the sights van-living makes possible.
This world traveler and writer is at his best when showcasing the Americana landscape, from motorcycles to cowboys and motels. Poetry ain’t half-bad neither.
This young couple moving across North America are less than a year into their “vanlife”, so it is a good source of info on the early challenges, including building your van.
With a Sprinter Van that is mounted with solar panels and a running sink, these super-adventurers put together a work of van-life art.
Also new to the game, this Euro-tripping account is a melange of van-life wins and handcrafted jewelry (because you have to support yourself somehow).
From Cuba to Canada, these van-lifers seem to intend to document the most gorgeous swimming locales across North America.
The only van I could find containing a wood stove(!). Mostly based in Idaho and the West, this account shows us the advantages of exploring the less populated states.
Unlike a lot of van-life accounts, this one does not shy away from documenting the wildness of big cities, as well as the US East Coast’s countryside.
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With longer-than-standard captions, this account goes into detail about the joys and challenges of van-living with a partner (and in a van that is not always so agreeable on the road).
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