Having a little home on wheels that you can take anywhere can be exhilarating. To feed your wanderlust, here are our favorite vanlife Instagram accounts.
In recent years the van life movement has been getting more and more traction. It is not surprising, though; as the feeling of freedom that comes from having a little home on wheels that you can take anywhere can be quite exhilarating. So to feed your wanderlust, we’ve compiled an extensive list of some of our favorite vanlife Instagram accounts.
Just note that we are using the term van a little loosely here, as we’ve included other types of vehicles as well, such as a bus and even a Honda Civic (!!!). Our list includes people from different backgrounds, traveling on different continents, and with diverse lifestyles; but they all share their thirst for adventure and their love for life on the road. From hardcore nomads to weekend warriors, solo travelers to families, surfers to climbers… You will surely find a story to inspire you to hit the road among the people on this list. Enjoy!
Best Vanlife Instagram Accounts
Nick (New Zealand) and Micah (USA) are the couple behind the @advanturing IG account. After saving for about 10 years, they left the corporate to built the van of their dreams to travel around indefinitely. They drive a 4×4 Sprinter van customized by Sportsmobile that is the wet fantasy of any adventurer. At the moment, they are traveling around the USA mountain biking, SUPing, and hiking. To learn more about them, check out their interview with Expedition Portal.
Becca and Cade are two traveling souls who recently completed their second van conversion. They are roaming around North America along with their dog. They are all about van life, sustainability, and outdoor adventures. For more information on their Sprinter conversion, check out their blog.
Adventure photographer Basil Lynch lives full-time in his all-terrain truck, Bruce. He’s specialized in the automotive field. He also travels with a 1980 Yamaha DT100 motorcycle, which he uses to get around when he parks his truck at campsites. For some amazing landscape shots, make sure you follow his IG account.
Ali and Liam are an Australian couple from Melbourne who quit their jobs after finishing their university degrees in order to travel around their country in their converted minibus, Bilby. The process of turning the 22-seater bus into their home took them roughly 6 months and it was a DIY labor of love. So far, they’ve been on the road for over a year and have no plans to stop.
Viktoria and Michael are a couple from Stirya, Austria traveling around Europe in their little blue home on wheels. From beautiful beach photos to epic hiking shots, their photography will surely inspire your wanderlust!
Brianna Madia is an American storyteller that lives in her van Bertha with her husband and two dogs. They spend most of their time rock climbing, hiking, canyoning in the desert in Utah. What I love most about her profile is how authentic and candid she is about the ups and downs of living the van life.
If you want to know more about Brianna and her lifestyle, you should listen to her interview in the podcast Women on the Road (which I also totally recommend you subscribe to if you are interested in hearing more stories about women road warriors). You can also read an interview and a couple of essays, here and here.
Carabiner Coffee‘s founder, Erik Gordon, had the vision to combine coffee with his love for outdoor sports. He started the company with the idea of bringing great coffee to rock climbing spots and spread good vibes, all from his sassy van Ol’ Blue. The motto of the company is #FindYourLine, which aims to inspire others to live their dreams. In Erik’s words: “I want to show people that if you have a passion for something, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be doing it.”
I came across @casadecivic while browsing around the Gnomad Home blog and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by Rue’s resourcefulness and amused by his sense of humor. He transformed a Honda Civic into his very own mobile casa. Who knew that you don’t actually need a van/bus to live the van life?
Sadly, however, after two years of living on the road, he was rear-ended by an SUV just a couple of weeks ago, and his beloved ESi was written off as a total loss. So this chapter of Rue’s life has abruptly come to an end. Still, I can’t wait to see how he bounces back.
Cole Zuver is a weekend warrior based in Portland, Oregon. He spends his free time driving around the West Coast in his 1972 VW bus, named Sunny, and taking some stunning photos. Sometimes he brings his two daughters and his dog along for the ride.
Scott Adamson is a Canadian digital nomad who’s been living in his converted Sprinter van for over two years. He travels with his rescue dog Ellie and his van set up is seriously impressive. If you’d like to see a tour of it, check out this video. I particularly liked the magnet system he’s using on his cabinets, the multi-purpose table, and that nifty app that shows you about your solar power consumption directly on your phone.
Joana and Eric are a French couple from Marseille who decided to trade their old life for an adventure on the road. On June 2015, they traveled to Canada and bought a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia in Quebec. Their plan was to travel for a year around North America, but after 18 months they realized they wanted more. So they continued with their trip south, on to Central America, slowly taking their time. Now their plan is to spend the winter in Canada, taking care of some projects, before continuing with their adventure and reaching South America.
Based in the US, Sydney is a certified yoga instructor who just finished doing her second van conversion — a Ford Transit this time — to get once again on the road. Her travel companion in this adventure is her super cute puppy, Ella. If you are curious about the conversion process or are looking for some tips on how to get started on the vanlife, you should check out her blog.
Cody and Lexi, along with their dog Zero, are also about to move into their second van, a 2018 4×4 Sprinter. They’ve worked hard on their DIY conversion and it is really interesting to follow the process on Instagram or on their YouTube channel. After two years with their original van, they decided to upgrade to a more spacious rig. They plan to start traveling again by the end of the month and spend winter snowboarding around North America.
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Eamon and Bec are entrepreneurs, vanlifers, YouTubers, podcasters, and Instagrammers (obviously…). They are based in Toronto, Canada; but live full-time in their self-converted Sprinter van. They are also vegan, so you can also expect some tips about traveling while vegan from them ;)
This little family has been living full-time in their self-converted 2016 Ford Transit for over two years now and they don’t show signs of stopping any time soon. Mars and Ashley are digital nomads working on different projects that give them the flexibility to live on the road, and they are taking this opportunity to show their little girl the world. Plus, they also travel with their pup, Beirut.
Lucy and Ben are a couple from the UK who met in university while they were both studying photography. They have been traveling around Europe in their self-converted LDV Convoy minibus for over two years now. They enjoy traveling at their own pace and without much planning. Also, on their blog you will find many useful tips and information about traveling around Europe in a van.
Gnomad Home is all about the adventures of a family of four: two humans and two dogs. Jayme and John are a couple of digital nomads from the US who have been living the van life full on for over a year. If you are considering giving the van life a try, check out their blog for a lot of practical tips to guide you in your journey.
Greg Mills is a photographer/Ocean rescuer and lifeguard from New York. He now lives full-time in a 1982 VW Vanagon van with his girlfriend and dog traveling around North America. His IG gallery is a collection of beautiful lifestyle images in warm tones.
Peter and Shruthi, the couple behind Holiday at See, are currently cruising around South America in their 1987 Westfalia Vanagon, nicknamed “The Blitzkrieg” (or The Blitz for short). They’ve been on this journey for two and a half years now and their intention is to keep driving the Pan-American highway to the end.
Kit and JR have been calling their campervan home since 2012. They drive a 1976 VW Kombi named Sunshine and have been all over North America. To sustain their life on the road they do seasonal farm jobs here and there. To learn more about their lifestyle, visit their blog.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Marco Calara is a student/photographer who likes to spend as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors. He drives a 1984 Westfalia van, which even features a wood-burning stove! If you want to see an endless stream of beautiful outdoorsy, sunsets and starry night images, make sure to follow Marco.
Dustin and Noami have been traveling around North America for over two years in their 1985 Westy. Before starting their van life journey, they left their office jobs to become digital nomads as sustainability consultants. They also share their passion for ethical living and are pursuing a zero-waste lifestyle.
Nöel Russell works in homeless shelters during the week and escapes to the great outdoors with her husband and their two dogs aboard their 2009 Ford E-150 high-top (named Francis Ford Campola) on weekends. If you follow Nöel you will be rewarded not only with beautiful landscapes shots but also with inspiring and thoughtful captions.
When it comes to rock climbing and van life the two go together like mornings and coffee. So for a healthy those of both, make sure to follow Kaya Lindsay’s account. And if you want more tips on climbing and living the van life, check out her blog and YouTube channel as well!
Our Home on Wheels follows the outdoor adventures of Jace and Giddy, their lovely two-year-old daughter Juniper, and their cute little dog Lotus. They are currently traveling around the US in their second self-converted van (they sold their first to buy a second to accommodate their new baby). For more, check also their YouTube channel.
After experiencing the van life during a trip to Australia and New Zealand, German couple Selina and Frank decided to get their own van once they returned home. So they bought a 2002 Volkswagen T4 and named it Rudy. Now, these weekend warriors are free to explore the great outdoors traveling around Europe.
Project Vanlife is one of the largest van life communities on Instagram. They regularly feature van lifers of all kinds to inspire others to experience this lifestyle. If you want to share your story and be featured, use the hashtag #ProjectVanLife.
Kiri and Lachlan first met while working as a flight attendant and pilot, so they are strangers to moving around a lot. Now they are traveling with their son Riley around Australia in their super-cute kombi, Izzie. Check out their account for some impeccable lifestyle shots.
David and Nadia are a couple of digital nomads who have been traveling full time for five years. However, it wasn’t until October 2017 that they joined the van life movement when they bought their 1969 VW Adventurewagon, which they nicknamed Red. They also run a blog where they share tips for becoming a digital nomad and living the vanlife.
Matt and Steph are a couple of van lifers from the UK who live full-time in their 1996 Iveco motorhome, Ivy. They’ve been traveling around non-stop for four years already. They also keep a blog where they share their van adventures around Europe and Africa.
Summer of Seventy Five is all about the road-tripping adventures of Amber, Keenan, Coco, and Indigo; an Australian family of four who travels part-time in their 1975 VW Campmobile, called Summer. Their photos have a retro golden glow that is hard to resist.
Tessa and Dillon are a couple from Alaska who has been traveling around the Americas with their 1975 Volkswagen bus, Rita. They started their trip in Anchorage, Alaska and drove south to Ushuaia in Argentina, surfing along the way. And then they started the adventure back north. At the moment they are still cruising around the US and Canada.
After getting their first taste of van life during a summer trip Laia and Aitor were hooked and wanted more. They decided to do a full camper conversion out of their Peugeot Boxer and they did it all themselves. Follow along as they embark on their adventure!
Jolie and Mark are on the adventure of a lifetime. They are traveling from Australia to the UK in their 4WD Troopy. So far, they’ve covered five countries in a little over a year on the road and they are currently in Myanmar. They are also creating videos along the way, which you can catch on their YouTube channel.
Tiny House Tiny Footprint is the personal project of Kathleen Morton, a van lifer who is passionate about alternative lifestyles, sustainability, spending time outdoors. She got started into the van life with her ex-boyfriend, but these days she travels solo with her dog, Peaches. She is also the co-founder of Vanlife Diaries.
Herman and Sietske are a Dutch couple traveling full-time around Europe in their 1979 Volkswagen LT28D with their dog, Ferry. Their van set up is just lovely and it is the perfect cozy nest for traveling. Don’t you agree?
Lisa is a lawyer turned van lifer who travels solo around the US in her van. To learn how she makes money while living in her van, check out her latest video on her YouTube channel or check out her blog for more van life tips.
Gabriella and Sandro are a couple from Zurich, Switzerland who is currently traveling through South America. They started their trip in Seattle, USA and have been going for two years already. They like to travel at their own pace to really experience the places they visit.
Viki was born in Kazakhstan but spent most of her life in Germany. At the moment, she’s traveling in her self-converted van with her trusty companion, her dog Cleo. As her boyfriend is moving in with them, she’s starting a new chapter in her van life.
Where’s My Office Now started as an experiment in 2013 by owners Emily and Corey to see if they could combine a nomadic lifestyle with working remotely. And almost six years later they are still going strong. They travel in their 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia, named Boscha, with their dogs Penny and Bella. If you want to know more about their life, check also their YouTube channel.
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Bianca is a world citizen who spent almost four years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She’s now based in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She still enjoys traveling, on her own or with her family, and is always looking for an opportunity to see new places.