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 life on the 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 van conversion lovers and travel addicts – Brandon Saltalamacchia, told Bored Panda 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 living in a van that intrigues many newcomers, and it’s certainly true.” These tiny 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 the living quarters of 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. Scroll down below to see some of these fantastic houses on wheels designs and don’t forget to upvote your favs!
We Expect That It Will Take About 2 Years Give Or Take To Complete Our Trip Across The U.S. And Canada
We are so excited to finally be on the road after first purchasing our bus 2 years ago! Our build took a year and a half to complete.
This Is The Coolest Bus Ever
To answer everyone’s concern how do we keep everything still while we are moving – we use Velcro tape! Thus, after a few attempts of driving the bus, surprisingly everything stayed as it is without taping it. Gotta thank the soft air suspension of the bus
One Of Our Favorite Parts Of The Bus Is Her Fully-Functioning Kitchen
Our Sweet Bus Is Starting To Look More And More Like A Home!
Our sweet bus is starting to look more and more like a home! We are almost at the finish line. We absolutely cannot wait to move in
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
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
Everyone Meet Atlas (Sprinter Lwb High Roof). He Is My New Home
It’s been a long time getting to this point and I am super happy with how it turned out
This Is Our First Van We Ever
This is our first van we ever had in Australia, we had to cook outside rain or shine, you couldn’t stand up inside and we shared a single bed for a whole year! This tiny little home started our love affair with life on the road, it gave us a crash course in alternative living and the kind of freedom that tasted bloody beautiful! We discovered a life which was possible if we put our minds to it, one which was at times.. really hard but worth it every damn time! A life we had been dreaming of
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!
We Converted A 1966 Greyhound Commuter Bus Into A Cute Mobile Home
How I Converted A Rusty Cargo Van Into A Unique Mobile Studio
It cost me $12k and took 10 months on and off. All together about 3 months straight work
First Project – Volkswagen T3