Is living the Van Life all it's cracked up to be?
Many people fantasise about swapping suburbia for the open road, but is van life as glamorous as it looks on Instagram? We find out the pros and cons from those who have tried it.
If you’re dreaming of adventure and a carefree life after two years of being cooped up at home, you’re not alone. Sales of caravans, mobile homes and vans are booming, and a Caravan Industry Association of Australia survey found that 71 per cent of Aussies were planning to go on a camping or caravanning adventure this year, while 78 per cent of those surveyed preferred the idea of travelling around Australia than overseas.
Among those hitting the road is a new generation of Australians choosing to travel around in a van, with a Nomads Around Australia survey showing the majority of “van lifers” are aged between 25 and 34.
Once the preserve of grey nomads and hippies, van life has taken on an air of glamour, largely due to social media. If you search #vanlife on Instagram, you’ll find more than 12.8 million posts of smiling couples and happy families lounging around in campervans, custom-built 4WDs and Kombi vans parked next to postcard-perfect destinations.
In #vanlife, it never rains, vehicles don’t break down, and no one argues despite couples or families almost living on top of each other. But what’s the reality behind #vanlife? And would this lifestyle work for you?