5 REASONS You Should Have A Camper Van Road Trip On Your Bucket List

Experiencing the United States by car has inspired countless movies and record-hits, for good reason. After all, the great American road trip is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Whether a rite of passage after graduation, a way to celebrate one’s honeymoon, or even more traditionally, as a family adventure, there’s never been a better time to take an epic camper van road trip.

The fact remains, hitting the open road by car is unlike any other form of travel and rooted in everything our country was founded on; F-R-E-E-D-O-M. Need we say more? Oh right, we’re going to dive in and tell you anyway…

To start, VanCraft campervans make it possible to experience the best of the U.S. from the comfort of our custom-built campervans. Few things are more satisfying, more soul-enriching, or more fun than camping. Plus, van camping by way of one of our fully outfitted camper vans makes everything that much better. Here are some more reasons why touring the states in a van is the best idea you’ve (n)ever had:

#1: CAMPER VAN TRIPS ARE INEXPENSIVE

Because our leisure travel vans are fully self-contained, you can camp for free (we’re talking for zero dollars, nada) and avoid costly campsite reservations. Our fully-stocked kitchens also allow you to save on food (where the cash really goes!) and cook up everything and anything your heart desires. Take advantage of our fully-stocked kitchen with full-sized sink, two-burner cooktop, oven, refrigerator, plus all the kitchenware you’d need. You can skip spending 5 bucks at Starbucks and instead, brew your own coffee on the go, using our craft coffee kits. Coffee with a view? Yes, please.

We get it, at first glance, our vans may seem a bit pricey. But once you do the math, you’ll realize all the ways you’re saving on camping, food, coffee, fuel and the like. When compared to the more traditional travel options like flights, rental cars, and hotels, our campervans become an obvious all-in-one cost-saving decision. VanCraft campervan rentals include everything you need to camp comfortably at no additional cost! We include bedding, towels, cookware, dishes and camp gear to make your road trip as easy as showing up and handing over the keys. 

#2: TRAVEL WITH COMPLETE FREEDOM 

Another big perk to traveling by van is that you get to go wherever you want, whenever you want. #VANLIFE is all about freedom: that is the freedom to enjoy the open road, however you please. Did you know our vans include free unlimited miles with every rental booking, at no additional charge? It’s true. We’ve done our best to make things extra comfortable for you, so you can courageously get outside your comfort zone as you travel by van. 

And with a full-sized bed, hot shower, and storage for up to two weeks’ worth of groceries, rest assured that wherever you wind up is exactly where you are supposed to be. In short, you’ve got options! Options that will allow you to enjoy the ride, let alone journey, along the way.

Something else worth mentioning: VanCraft Campervans are 100% self-sustaining on solar power. Allowing you to charge all devices, and leave the lights on as long as you’d like. Our campervans ultimately offer the freedom and flexibility of a hotel and rental car…it’s an all-in-one-package kind of deal.

#3: STAY COZY AND COMFORTABLE ON YOUR CAMPER VAN ROAD TRIP  

Bring your family, friends, and fido! Seriously. VanCraft’s long wheelbase campervan will seat and sleep up to 6 people, while our short wheelbase van will seat and sleep up to 4. Plus, we are dog-friendly at no extra charge. We repeat: we are dog-friendly at no extra charge! Because no camping trip is complete without one of your favorite four-legged friends in tow. 

Traveling by van also means that without question, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road. That’s not only okay but one of the best ways to see the United States. By sticking to the scenic routes, you’ll be more than pleased. Make the most of those long-drive days with your favorite playlist, podcast or audiobook download. There are so many wonderful ways to pass the time, folks. When else do you have six hours to sit back, relax and enjoy an audiobook start to finish?

#4: DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS OFF THE BEATEN PATH 

Campervans allow you to discover places that you never knew existed. For example, camping above the clouds in Big Sur, exploring the chasm of doom at Joshua Tree’s National Park, or soaking up incredible views and warm waters at the Travertine Hot Springs. Just a few of our favorite road-trip experiences to date.

You’ll also be happy to hear that our vans are based in San Diego, CA, the perfect spot to start and end the adventure of your choosing. If you’re into outdoor sports like climbing, skiing, and surfing, our campervans make for the perfect basecamp. After a long day of adventuring, there is nothing like enjoying the comfort of a cozy bed, hot shower and warm meal after some time away from home.

#5: LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS 

Take a trip with one of our vans, and you’ll learn to understand and appreciate the little things in life. These kinds of trips will also teach you the freedom that comes with having less. Whether in regards to the things you’ve packed for said road trip, or the food, activities, and gadgets you think you’ll need, they’re all just stuff at the end of the day. Simplifying is the way to go, camping or not.

At VanCraft, our motto is also simple: “take everything you need & nothing you don’t.” You’ll discover that traveling is more than just the seeing of sights…in its purest form, travel has the power to transform old ways of thinking into new perspectives on how we live our lives, our relationship with others, and ultimately, why we’re all on this planet.

In summary, VanCraft campervans make it easy to explore the best of the U.S. with complete freedom. All the while allowing you to turn your next vacation into memories that will last a lifetime. Plus, few things break us out of our routines and awaken us to living life to the fullest more powerfully than travel. WARNING: once you get a taste of #vanlife, you may be tempted to live the lifestyle full-time…but we can help with that too! Happy road-tripping.

“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonics of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”  

– Jonah Lehrer excerpt from Why We Travel