"There's just something about going somewhere you've never been in a vehicle you know is guaranteed to break down at some point."
They're the words of Ryan, a #vanlife enthusiast The Atlantic interviewed for their inspiring short film 'The Wanderlust of #Vanlife'. The clip follows a group of adventurers who dedicate large chunks of their free time to hitting the open road in search of adventure in old camper vans. Sounds good, doesn't it?
The #Vanlife Instagram hashtag was created by van-based adventurer Foster Huntington (@fosterhunting) way back in 2011 and has since amassed a huge following. Foster, who was concious that he may have been "pissing away his twenties" in a corporate job, quit his job, packed his van and hit the road for three years. The rest is history.
A search on the hashtag now will kick up over 400,000 posts - all of which document snapshots from the adventures of this very global community.
The goal of the #vanlife collective is simple: to spend more time on adventure, and less money on things. There's no set plan, outside of just "getting to camp and being in the woods," says Ryan.
We defy you to watch the clip and not jump straight on Gumtree in search of your very own four-wheeled adventure machine.