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The 12 Best #VanLife Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Immediately

Whether you hit the road in a top-dollar custom conversion, or climb the hills slowly in a vintage DIY van, the call of the wild is real. And while the #VanLife hashtag on Instagram may show a particularly polished view of mobile living, you can’t deny its appeal. Love campers and trailers? Come join our new community group.

Picturesque mountains, perfect waves, and powdery snow all make for beautiful backdrops, no matter what type of van you drive. And even if you’re still dreaming of that perfect rig, it doesn’t mean you can’t scroll the ‘grams for inspiration.

Let’s face it, #VanLife just looks good, no matter where you are. To stoke your camper van dreams, Curbed has rounded up 12 of our favorite Instagram accounts, with brief descriptions of why you should follow. Have a favorite account you love? Let us know in the comments.

1. @vanlifediaries

One of the most popular accounts out there, Van Life Diaries re’grams van photos from around the world.

2. @Fosterhunting

Meet the founder of the #VanLife, Foster Hunting is arguably the most famous van lifer—like 1 million followers famous—in the game since he hit the road in 2011. Now Hunting is skating and living in tree houses.

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5 years ago, I was driving from Ventura to Carpinteria along the Pacific Coast Highway checking for surf and spotted this VW T3 Westfalia. At the stage in my life, I was spending most of my time lurking up and down the coast of California, surfing by day, stealth camping by night and amassing a near encyclopedic knowledge of hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants from LA to San Francisco. As a van dweller, I was always on the lookout for other people living in their vans, and this person's van/drying rack caught my eye. I snapped a few frames of my Mamiya 6, and went on my way. When it came time to lay out Home Is Where You Park It with @victoryjournal, I knew I wanted to use this image for the cover. It conveys so much of what I loved about my time spent living in my van; self reliance, the sense of freedom and discovery of having your own escape pod, and the accessibility of reconnecting with nature (in this case the ocean) on the relative cheap. Every time I look at this photo, it takes me back. The fourth edition of Home Is Where You Park It is now back in stock in my web store (follow the link in my profile or head to store.arestlesstransplant.com) to get a copy before they are gone (I order 1000 at a time and they go fast!) and use the discount code Vanlife10 to get 10% off. #vanlife

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3. @188sqft

This couple hit the road in a remodeled camper and four pets. Yes, four!

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4. @Wheresmyofficenow

Follow the bikini-heavy travels of couple Emily and Corey—and their pups—as they continue on a van journey that started in 2012.

5. @MavistheAirstream

Follow the adventures of a high-design couple who remodeled a 1975 Airstream.

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For those of you that found our account over the last few months, here's a short recap. This is our first Mavis, or as we now affectionately refer to her, Mavis 1.0. She was a 1975 Airstream 27' Overlander. We remodeled this trailer ourselves over the course of ten months. It was a monstrous undertaking. There were a few times along the way that we contemplated quitting and selling it halfway finished. And I have many memories of sitting in a heap on the floor in tears, surrounded by chaos and dismantled furniture. It was the most frustrating and exhausting thing we'd ever done. But we'd always get a second wind and keep plugging along on it. It wasn't until she was finished did we realize what we had done. We made a fully functioning house— complete with running water and electricity—with our own two hands. We loved and adored this gal and took her several thousands of miles across the country last year. Many people asked me after building Mavis, "would you do it again knowing what you know now?" To which I'd have a flash back to my days of mascara-filled tears running down my face, covered in bruises and paint and whining, "why are we doing this?!" But I'd nod and say, "Yep, I would." And I meant it. I love Airstreams. And I love what they represent to us. This gal got us out of our rut and gave us some of the best memories of our life. But at the beginning of this year, we made an agonizingly difficult decision. We decided to part with her to build a larger Airstream. We needed more privacy since we both work from it and I didn't have the heart to dismantle our baby and start on a new floorplan. It was a difficult decision to sell her but in the end we felt it was the right one. She went to live with an amazing couple (@bobodesignstudio) who we've decided is Jason and I in an alternate dimension. Our similarities are eerie. I still get to see Mavis here on Instagram AND we made some fantastic new friends out of the deal. Win win. Now we're building Mavis 2.0, a 1977 Airstream 31' Sovereign. This time it's less frustrating and so far, I haven't been on a heap in the middle of the floor in tears yet. Fingers crossed.

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6. @mitch.cox

A Photographer down under exploring Australia in a DIY camper for the past few years.

7. @alisontravels

This professional photographer takes amazing landscape shots, but let’s face it—we’re here for the awesome dog photos. Dogs + Vans = Perfection.

8. @OurHomeOnWheels

If you wonder how people travel in vans with their kids, look no further. And cute baby photos are the best.

9. @HomeSweetVan

An Oregon-based couple living the dream in their Ford Transit.

10. @Vanlife.Magazine

Curating photos from vanlifers all over the world.

11. @ZachBoth

Founder of TheVanual.com and owner of the sweet rig: Zach’s 2003 Chevy Express 3500.

12. @VanLifeTheory

Another van life community that has almost 56,000 followers.

[Via: Curbed]

Last Updated on October 12, 2018

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