Picture your ideal backyard and magnify it into a vast valley of wildflowers or transform it into a serene beach with crashing waves – that is the oasis some people have created for themselves by taking their homes on the open road. Van life is a growing lifestyle among adventurers who convert old buses and vans into whimsical mobile homes ready for wherever the wind takes them.
Founder of 'Van Clan', – an online community and content page for campervan lovers and travel addicts – Brandon Saltalamacchia, said that the first allure of van life is the freedom it gives, "People want freedom to escape the ever daunting bills, stress and constraints of “real life”. The thought of having a minimalist lifestyle for a little while is certainly an aspect of van life that intrigues many newcomers, and it’s certainly true." These custom mini houses utilize economical space design to fit all the necessities one would find in a normal sized home. Ovens, closets, beds, and fold-out desks they all fit in these gorgeous mobile dwellings that would make Marie Kondo proud. The other obvious benefit according to Saltalamacchia – cost. "All you need to sort is insurance, food and gas, and then you can go anywhere your heart desires, all while taking in the ever-changing world around you," he said, adding that cost is the most common question they receive on their page.
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1 Then And Now. It’s 2 Years To The Day Since We Picked Up Our Little Van. Looks A Wee Bit Different Now
2 Room With A View
3 One Of Our Favorite Parts Of The Bus Is Her Fully-Functioning Kitchen
4 School Bus Coversion
I really enjoy designing alternative spaces and giving them a new feel and life. When I first got my bus it was an old yellow bus just like the one most of us probably took to school. With some planning and imagination, I turned it into my home. Most of the time, I forget that ‘I live in a bus.’ It just feels like home to me
5 My New Home
Carl’s conversion is in full swing. I can’t believe it’s actually happening! Can’t wait to start exploring
6 We Were Living In A 5000 Sq Ft House Sick Of Living The “Normal” Life That Everyone Thought We Should So We Packed Our 4 Kids Into A 250 Sq Ft Converted School Bus And Headed West And We’re Loving It
The house is a blessing to stay in but there are so many things about our bus that we miss! Beyond the obvious… the fact that it is “our” space… cleaning 250 sq ft is NOTHING compared to a normal sized house! It takes the family 30 mins to pic up our whole bus versus a few hours getting a home nice and clean…I feel like I can’t keep up!
7 We Converted A 1966 Greyhound Commuter Bus Into A Cute Mobile Home
8 This Car Means Everything To Me And It’s Crazy How Happy I Get Putting All My Money And Effort Into This Home
Whenever I look at my van, it’s like falling in love over and over again. Sometimes I just can't believe that I built it
9 This Build Was Done For A Firefighter Out Of Toronto
10 Our Firetruck. Dwelling Through Europe With My Sister For Over 8 Months
Well, we don't have a toilet. Sometimes that makes things a bit complicated. But it also makes us really creative, and we have a funny reason to ask people for help. So at the end that is working out fine. We did some insulating, but during the winter it still gets pretty cold. We have a heater only after an hour or two it is too much for the batteries. Besides that, I'm pleased with the setup