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Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A photography book celebrating the nomadic lifestyle and community of vanlife through interviews, essential advice for living on the road, and more than 200 photos of tiny rolling homes.

Inspired by the blog and Instagram account, Vanlife Diaries is an inspiring and detailed look into the world of the rolling homes built and occupied by a new generation of modern gypsies: a
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Ten Speed Press
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Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book would primarily be a "picture book", but was surprised at how much text was in it and how much time I spent actually reading this book. This was a book that I was planning to get as a physical book, but in an effort to be more eco-friendly and minimalist, I decided to try it on my iPad, and was surprised at how good the experience was and will continue to get books that are more "picture based" through it when they're available.

The book definitely made me excited to ditc
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My husband and I have joined the multitudes shifting their perspectives to minimalism. After watching the movie Minimalism, my focus has been on other ideas and concepts of how to maximize small spaces. As a librarian, I come across thousands of books everyday and this was one which recently graced our shelves. The gorgeous cover in its dark blue with the quiet star drenched sky immediately caught my attention and relayed the feeling of peace, quiet, comfort, and solitude. I was intrigued.

The bo
Amber Reifsteck
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up up this book mainly looking for simple off-grid living ideas. Because vanlifers usually have to be off-grid and DIY a lot of their setups, they're a great resource for off-grid living ideas, even if you're not interested in vanlifing (though after reading this book, you might be very interested in doing exactly that). I found it to be just the right balance of information and imagery. Great tips for everything one might encounter along the way living in a van (or ideas for living off ...more
Melvin Marsh, M.S.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: camping, photography
I think I was expected more about how to deal with vanlife than having little features about how other people ended up in vanlife. It is mostly photography which was not what I was looking for. All the stories about other people are short too. I am looking to join vanlife so wasn't what I was hoping for. Oh well, live and learn. ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this book. All of the people profiled are young and want to live off the grid. I was hoping for a better mix of people including some who aren't living in a 1990's van they converted themselves. ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography, travel
Meh. I liked it, but it's nothing special. I've considered joining #vanlife so it's a cool glimpse into the stories behind others doing it. ...more
Megan Coghill
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Beautifully presented book, aimed at inspiring rather than guiding the process of fitting out a Van.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not planning on joining the #vanlife or anything, but I follow some people on Instagram who live out of vans so I'm curious. For an outsider, I thought this was a nice look into that lifestyle. ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful information if you plan on selling it all and moving into a Ford Nugget.
Varrick Nunez
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vanlife
I picked this up because my cousin has adopted this lifestyle recently. He looks to be in good company as he roams about the country in his Ford Transit Connect. He added a bunk, a small electric top load fridge, storage under his bunk, & lash points for other gear. Kind of a backpacker approach, very minimalist.

So this book is less about the how, the builds etc., although you do see some ideas, it's more about the why. It's appealing, could be a somewhat greener approach as they have a very sma
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book will make you want to go more than you already do.
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