Is there any better way to plan a road trip than to center it around a scenic natural site? The United States of America is teaming with breathtaking beauty, from purple mountain majesties to fruited plains, but by far some of the most amazing sites to visit in the country are its vast variety of waterfalls. With such diverse landscapes and geological features represented throughout the States, there’s no shortage of unique bucket-list sites van lifers will want to include in their next itineraries.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get out and enjoy nature without breaking the bank, car camping can be a great option. Rather than investing in a full onvan conversionyou can utilize the vehicle you already have to travel to any campsite you want and stay in the comfort of your car or SUV - setting up tents is completely optional. With a few key additions to your arsenal, you can create the perfect car camping setup to suit your own needs and turn your ride into a fully-stocked hotel room on wheels.
The global pandemic has drastically shifted many people’s priorities and shaken up the business landscape in ways that no one could have expected. Movie theaters may well go extinct, sports are now played in bubbles, and restaurants are experimenting with novel concepts to draw customers into their virtual spaces. One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen so far, for obvious reasons, brings together two of our favorite pastimes - van life and gourmet dining. Meet SuperStella Catering, the brainchild of San Francisco-based chef Anthony Strong, a mobile dining experience served from a beautifully converted Volkswagen van.
So, you want to get into van life, eh? It’s an amazingly unique lifestyle that offers a wealth of benefits, so how can we blame you? Van life IS life, but if you’re just getting into the lifestyle, thinking about it, or eagerly planning your future build, you’re gonna want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. We love to shine our spotlight on the real people out there living the life because we believe there’s no substitute for their first hand knowledge and experience. Today we’re highlighting the Top 10 Van Life Essentials, as brought to you by Instagram van lifers Sunny and Luna.
Here at the Van Lifer Blog, we have a real problem. We just can’t seem to get enough of the voyeuristic thrill that comes from watching other aspiring van lifers dive into their conversion builds. Something about it is just so addicting! Not only can it be entertaining, but it’s also incredibly educational for anyone planning their own builds to get comfortable with the process and learn some of the pitfalls in advance to avoid expensive and time-consuming mistakes. Today we’re shining the spotlight on 22 year old YouTuber Kaia and her $900 off-the-grid camper van conversion.
There are a lot of questions, assumptions, and preconceived notions about living the van life. Some imagine it as a glamorous, care-free existence filled with gorgeous sunsets every night and breathtaking landscapes every day. Others envision a more humble, burdensome routine where all your time is spent cooped up and scavenging for your next place to park for the night, charge your gear, and tuck into a Cup o‘ Noodles. So, what’s the truth? As always, it’s usually somewhere in the middle.
Road trips are the cornerstone of van life for many digital nomads and with only your imagination holding you back, you’ll want to make sure you’re exploring all the options the open road has to offer you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite apps for planning, budgeting, and executing your next road trip.