The phenomena of young people living in their vans has been referred to as a “movement.”
Indeed, it’s inspiring to see the next generation foregoing the oversized, debt-ridden lifestyle of the past several decades of this American life in exchange for the freedom and flexibility that living minimally and simply in a van can afford. When we first started living in our VW Bus in 2009, we had no idea it would become a “movement”, or something others would aspire to do for themselves. Now that we’ve got three kids and continue living in our Bus, we want to make it clear that this is not merely a lifestyle “for the young,” but for anyone to enjoy.
Vandwelling in Five Steps
Get your mind straight, find the right van for you, ditch your stuff, what you will need and how to earn some cash and maybe save a little, too.
Can I Live in a Van?
Sure, living in a van sounds sweet, but can I do it? Can I convince my significant other to drop this cozy pad in Lush City and give up the lattes, Whole Foods, double ply toilet paper and this big, big bed we currently have grown accustom to? Good question. I’ve personally had three vans in
The Realities of Living in a VW Bus
The ups, downs and all arounds of the realities of living in a 5×7 foot home.
How to Save Money Living on the Road in a VW Bus
Some of the more expensive aspects of living in a Volkswagen Bus, along with some ways to save money.
How Not to Buy a Campervan
One couples adventures in purchasing a campervan, finding its many flaws, and taking care of business to get themselves on the road.
Every National Park Suitable for Vandwelling or RVing
Every national park in the United States that has a campground suitable for RVs, or at least vans. Filters for finding those with cell service, electric and more! Over 200 campgrounds!
Touring Belize for Vandwellers and Overlanders
What to expect from Belize, from cost of living to the best places to explore, tailored specifically to overlanders.
How to Survive Mexico for Vandwellers
Cruising Mexico via a van, RV or otherwise has its benefits…and quirks. We cover everything from how to avoid Montezuma’s Revenge to staying online to…well…everything else!
Quintana Roo for Vandwellers & RVers
If you’ve ever traveled around Baja California–whether in your Class A Winnebago or 1982 Vanagon–and loved it…Quintana Roo is going to be nothing like that. What’s the difference? It’s expensive. That’s to say, it’s “regular vacation prices” by US standards. Nearly everyone will speak English, particularly near the beach and in restaurants. Everything is a
Why We Decided to Move Back into our 1978 Volkswagen Bus
Thoughts on why we downsized even further from our vintage Airstream to our tiny VW Bus for full-time life on the road.
How We Pack Two Toddlers, a Teenager and their Parents into a VW Bus
Morning can’t come early enough. I rustle around in the mishmash of blankets left over from the previous seven hours of sharing the top bunk of our Bus with my soon-to-be 5 year old son, Winter, and hope the glow of sunrise will illuminate the yellow canvas sides of our pop top. It goes straight
Living with Little
Thoughts on how living simply allows us to travel the world full-time, and enjoy more experiences, expensive foods and more…all in exchange for low monthly bills and never needing to clean out the garage.
Interviews with Vanlifers
The Bodeswell VW Family Travels the World in Their 1971 Volkswagen Bus
This family of three has traveled from Alaska to Argentina, coast to coast in the US, and who knows where to next!
Vandwelling in Europe: Interview with Here Today Vanagon Tomorrow
The exploits of a Canadian family who shipped their Vanagon Stormie to Europe to travel, find themselves and live a closer life.
Air-Schooled: A Traveling VW Mechanic & Teacher
Meet Robbie, a teacher, mechanic and all around great guy, traveling the US teaching Volkswagen owners how to keep their Buses running.
Jorge and Jessica lost a business, began a new life afterwards, gave it all up and took their remote income on the road to explore the forests and cities of North America.
Idle Theory Bus
James and Rachel found a Volkswagen Bus, and in turn found an entirely new way of existing.
Living in a 1987 Vanagon, Interview with Where’s My Office Now?
Corey and Emily travel the country in their Vanagon, Boscha, inspiring all travelers to create community through our shared passions.
Crossing Mexico: A Family in a VW Bus via Photos and Stories
Tales from the mountains of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula, breakdowns on the way into Belize and pushing her back over the border. A VW Bus and family…
Blog Posts About Vanlife
A Brief Recollection of a Year in Mexico, or Four Seasons with Five People in a VW Bus
We thought we’d go to Baja for a couple of months. A year later, we’re in Quintana Roo. Where to next?
Mornings with Babies Living in a VW Bus
As the sun rises, so does a family living out of their 1978 Volkswagen Bus.
Our Home on the Road
A little photo tour through our home on the road, a 1978 Volkswagen Bus.
Is Living in a VW Bus Green?
And by green, we’re not talking sticky buds or rudimentary colors of course, we’re talking Mother Earth, that plump little mistress we all so sometimes lovingly neglect. I don’t have specifics, no hard data (as I’m posting via my phone), but I’ll do some comparisons based on my general knowledge and monetary equivalents. Electricity We
Riding in Buses with Family
Tristan, on the road, was at his best in the Bus. Keep it moving and he was as happy as a clam tented up in the back with his Gameboy 4000 and the endless miles. Deputy, too, was at his best (and nearly only good) in the traveling confines of her belly. I (and my
Secrets Told to Vandwelling Wintertimers
Keeping warm while sleeping cold nights in a bus.
1978 VW Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen Conversion
A few words about our good mother bus, Champ.