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Hit the Open Road with The Vanlife Companion from Lonely Planet

November 29, 2018 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Just in time for the summer holidays, Lonely Planet’s The Vanlife Companion is a practical and inspiring guide to great campervan adventures.

Published this December, and boasting 20 of the world’s best long-distance driving routes, profiles of 10 #vanlifers and the vehicles they have created, along with practical advice on choosing and building your own dream campervan, The Vanlife Companion has all you need for a life on the open road.

What is vanlife?

The campervan is hardly a new invention: VW first launched its iconic ‘Splitscreen’ in 1950. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the hippies and the surfers – both of whom gravitated to the VW campervan – that thrust both the vehicle itself and romantic notions of the accompanying lifestyle into mainstream consciousness.

Fast-forward to today. The internet has given people the ability to create earning potential without the necessity of a fixed office space, while social media platforms let vanlifers connect, tell stories, share tips and even arrange to physically meet up – not so far removed from the hippie campfires of old. Amidst this sea change the vanlife scene has coalesced and developed its own momentum. The #vanlife hashtag has now had over three million uses, with various close derivatives all well into six-figures.

How to use Lonely Planet’s The Vanlife Companion

Section 1 of The Vanlife Companion focuses on practical information and advice, from deciding what kind of van suits your needs, through the myriad conversion options, to tips for storage, trip planning and getting the most out of the camping experience.

Section 2 profiles 10 trailblazing vanlifers and their vehicles, exploring their motivations and experiences as well as examining their conversions in detail.

Section 3 showcases a selection of inspiring route ideas from around the world, including Australia’s Great Ocean Road, Outback Queensland, and Western Australia’s Southwest Coast; and New Zealand’s Northland & Bay of Islands, and The Southern Alps Circuit.

Whatever your situation – from vanlife veteran to someone still dreaming up their future slice of van-shaped freedom – Lonely Planet’s The Vanlife Companion will share new ideas and provide inspiration for your journey.


Published 3 December 2018 / 256pp, full colour, 200mm x 200mm, hardcover

RRP: AU$29.99 / NZ$32.99

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