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 My New Home
Carl’s conversion is in full swing. I can’t believe it’s actually happening! Can’t wait to start exploring
2 Room With A View
3 We Converted A 1966 Greyhound Commuter Bus Into A Cute Mobile Home
4 Then And Now. It’s 2 Years To The Day Since We Picked Up Our Little Van. Looks A Wee Bit Different Now
5 This Build Was Done For A Firefighter Out Of Toronto
6 One Of Our Favorite Parts Of The Bus Is Her Fully-Functioning Kitchen
7 I Won’t Say I Don’t Love The Escape And The Pleasantries Of Traditional Accommodation. But I Can Say That For Now Vanna The Van Is Home
8 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
9 Our Home On Wheels
We are definitely not experts, we’ve been working it out as we go (eg. when we hit the road the only tools we packed were a hammer and a tiny screwdriver - which I don’t recommend doing if you plan to drive any car, let alone a vintage Kombi, around Australia
10 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