Hit The Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures

Posted by adventure 16 | 05.13.2019

Adventure, minimalism, the culture of the outdoors, freedom from responsibilities, the lure of the open road, waking up to a daily new landscape—all are great reasons to consider traveling or living in a converted vehicle or van.


tricked out van

Domestic comfort on four wheels

The book Hit the Road features the individuality of overland vehicles, their passionate owners, and the inspiring journeys that celebrate a life on the move. There's a worldwide movement of people escaping the buzz of cities and diving into nature-packed camping trips and weekends away. Recharged, some head back on Sunday evening; others keep driving for months on end as they visit new countries, experience new cultures, and collect new memories.

Hit the Road excites as a collection of overland adventures that put the focus on those who have decided to leave the average life behind--and not just millennials. Their rides range from the classic Volkswagen camper to cozy refurbished Airstream trailers and unstoppable fully-equipped 4×4 Adventuremobiles. The journey continues with stunning photography from the deserts of Africa to snow-tipped mountains in Mongolia. Experts share their experiences, their tips and tricks, and their favorite campfire-friendly recipes for life on four wheels. Are you ready to hit the road?


“One year ago, we decided to change our lives,” says French vanlifer and chef Cécile Bertrand. “We were two culinary students trying to make a career in fancy restaurants, but we wanted to learn about cooking in a different way, away from the pressure of restaurants, closer to nature.”

book cover
Get behind the wheel, turn the key, and feel the breeze

“We decided to visit every European country to learn more about gastronomy and cultures — and at the same time discovered van life online. We’re not only cooks but designers, so the idea of building a home from scratch was too tempting. We left our jobs and signed up for driving lessons.” Stories like Bertrand and her partner’s are a fixture throughout Gestalten's publication, Hit The Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures, which follows the alternative lifestyles of folk living life on the road—in restored Airstreams or VW Bullis, 4x4s or refurbished Winnebagos—creative minds journeying the world over, crossing borders, and firmly leaving behind their comfort zones.

Released as an impressive 272-page hardback, the publication documents through photography the freedom that four-wheeled homes brings, the earnest passion of the ‘vanlifers’ who are able to call home where they choose; staying where they like and as long as they like, their converted vehicles providing all they need.

From a mobile creative studio to escape the chaos of Tokyo to a journey from one tip of Canada to the other behind the wheel of a Honda Element; the story of a group of friends who drove a Porsche 944 from England to Cape Town, or the family who’ve travelled the world in a Land Rover Defender 130 (“we dreamt of a life of adventure and danger, a purpose that wakes you up each morning”), Hit the Road is an inspirational ride accompanied by emotive photography of passing landscapes, wheels, and those that dare to drive them to the limits and beyond.

“Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down,
Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.”

Hit The Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures is available now from Gestalten.


outdoor couple
down a dirt road
wooden cabin look
back door
van profile
school bus

All Images from Hit the Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures © Gestalten 2018


For more ideas, visit A16's VANLIFE VILLAGE at the A16 SAN DIEGO SWAPMEET, Saturday, May 18, 8am - 11am.


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