Unlike those of us who only dream of leaving everything behind and taking off on a life of adventure, #vanlife pioneer Foster Huntington actually did. It was a lifestyle choice that he documented in the still-very-early days of Instagram, using a what he thought might make a fun hashtag: #vanlife.
That same hashtag has since gone viral, and totally taken on a life of its own. It’s now a social media lifestyle movement. Never heard of it? Search #vanlife on your Instagram right now, and you’ll get over 3.3 million related posts. Really.
Photo via alwaystheroad.com
For as long as it’s existed, the essence of #vanlife has been about living a nomadic, go-with-the-flow kind of life. It hit Instagram and spread like wildfire. Now, it’s the go-to lifestyle inspiration hashtag for anyone wishing they could live out their outdoorsy, minimalist, bohemian-chic dream life. (Just ask any girl who has ‘wanderlust’ tattooed on her wrist: it’s #goalsAF).
Here are a few of our favorite #vanlife Instagram accounts, in no particular order. We hope they inspire you to reclaim your sense of adventure and spontaneity (Or at least grab your passport. Or your car keys. Or both).
Sarah and Brian | @la_copacaVANa
Sarah and Brian travel North America in a simple and trusty camper van they named Copa. They live by the motto #nobaddays, and are — according to their Instagram bio — “goofing [their] way around, powered by peanut butter.” Where do we sign up, amiright? If you don’t already love them for their photography, relationship-goals level romance, or their adorable pup, Pepita… here are a few of our favorite shots from their profile:
Mitch | @mitch.cox
Mitch is a travel and lifestyle photographer and filmmaker who travels the world in a home-built camper van. Right now, you can find him traveling Australia with his girlfriend, Cleo Cohen… But, more accurately, his location at any given time is: “forever elsewhere”.
A few photos to give you some serious FOMO:
Zach | @zachboth
Zach isn’t just living an enviable #vanlife; he’s teaching others to do it too. From his totally chic minimalist interior van design, to the DIY project that turned the van’s former windows into chalkboards that lift out to let sunlight in: he’s sharing it all on his Instagram feed and his cleverly named guide to #vanlife: The Vanual.
Here’s a peek:
Kristen | @bearfoottheory
In 2016, Kristen set out to travel, explore and hike just about anywhere her Sprinter van would take her. She built it to be her own cozy, tiny home (and workspace), and traveled the West Coast and Canada on some seriously enviable trips. What’s even cooler than that, you ask? The. van. was. solar. powered. Kristen is currently in a new van: created during ‘Build-Out 2.0,’ as she calls it, and is ready to hit the road with even more DIY features, better solar panels… and a full in-van bathroom this time.
Here’s a shot of her on the solar-paneled top of her totally cool ride:
We’ll leave you here with a quick tip: pack your bags. It’s time to go forth and prosper. If these pictures alone haven’t inspired you to take a roadtrip immediately, we don’t know what will.