Vanlife is everywhere and the lifestyle choice of living out of a mobile home is now a full-blown cultural movement. These vanlife and nomad books document the New Generation embracing freedom.
Lusting for vanlife?
You will be once you’ve read any one of these books.
1. the vanlife companion
This book is my travelling companion. I keep it in my van and take it on adventures with me where ever I go. It even has ‘my kombi’ on the cover.
My favourite thing about this book? It’s geared to help you have amazing adventures, and it has the best Road-trip routes around the world.
Whether you’re building a van from the inside out or renting one for the trip of a lifetime. Featuring 20 classic campervan routes to fuel your wanderlust and hear from people about how they got started and life on the road.
Features 20 classic, must-drive campervan routes across Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, West Africa, Nepal, Australia and CanadaExpert advice, tips and guidance from our travel expertsProfiles of #vanlife personalities and how they created their dream vans.
2. vanlife diaries
This book is all about finding freedom on the open road. Where you can step into the world of a new generation of modern gypsies. From professional who have ditched conventional houses for the freedom of the road to adventurers who have escaped the rat race to wake up to the beauty of the outdoors.
Vanlife Diaries celebrates the nomadic lifestyle and community through interviews, advice for living on the road, and more than 200 photos of these tiny rolling homes.
The book features vanlifers, their pets, and their converted vans, buses, kombi vans, Sprinters, and more, in stunning locations.
Interviews and narrative captions share the stories of these dreamers and seekers, their inspiration for downsizing, how they found and converted their vehicle and what it’s like to work and live on the road.
3. NOMAD-DESIGNING A HOME FOR ESCAPE AND ADVENTURE
It’s now possible to do whatever you want from wherever you want and still have a foothold in the world. With tours of 26 unconventional homes and the people who live in them.
This book shows you how to make your own off-the-grid dream a reality.
There are chapters on bathroom and storage—two of the most challenging aspects of this lifestyle—plus a comprehensive guide to finding the right home, assessing the cost of renovation, handy products for small spaces, and indispensable resources. I adore this book and highly recommend it especially if you’re looking for a gift to inspire.
4. van life
Written by Foster Huntington, creator of the wildly popular #vanlife movement. The book tells of how Foster found a van for sale, and within a week, quit his job packed up his New York life. Left what everyone agreed was a dream career and bought a one way ticket to Reno to buy the van that would change his life. Foster’s story alone made me see that the world has so much more to offer if we’re willing to just go after it.
Embrace the Freedom, Adventure and Tranquility of living on the open road.
Van Life has hundreds of photographs of classic kombi’s to the most bizare custom vehicles you’ll ever see. Plus interviews, awe-inspiring landscapes and very cleverly designed interiors.
5. orange is optimism
The most quirky of all vanlife books. Orange is Optimism is a pictotext, a blend between photobook and novel. It follows seekers and wanderers Kit and J.R. on a quest for Tangerine Hot Springs, a place of hobo dreams brought to fruition.
A ride through the wilds of the American Road and a journey through the mind, this book will show you why an optimist is the most radical thing you can be.
I treasure Kit and J.R’s adventures all bound in optimism with Sunshine the kombi on the cover. Kit and J.R. have gone their separate ways but like Kit says “The only thing we can be certain in life is change. So embrace it.”
4. MY DREAM KOMBI
This was my first Vanlife book, and about 3 minutes into it, I sat it down and googled automatic kombi vans and there was just one for sale in Queensland and I bought it sight unseen from a listing on Gumtree. (A free community classified) So to the author Susan Redman, thank you and yes, you can safely say your book is somewhat inspirational!
This Vanlife book is packed with retro Kombi charm from Australia, New Zealand, and other Kombi hotspots.
A celebration of over 60 years of the iconic Volkswagon kombi van. Wonderful photos and inspirational stories of Kombi adventures past and present.
Life’s a ROADTRIP is the latest journal by Axel & Ash. So it’s not a vanlife book but I had to add it because it will have you dreaming of hitting the road. It’s filled with travel prompts, inspiring quotes, and stories from professional nomads to fuel your wanderlust.
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