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Livin’ that vanlife

Green VW camper living the vanlife

Ever considered yourself to be more open road than open-plan office? Maybe vanlife is for you.

The vanlife movement is a 21st century revival of ’60s surf culture, where followers ditch the 9-5, load up a classic VW camper van and head out in search of freedom. It’s also a social media phenomenon: more than 1.6 million Instagram posts carry the #vanlife tag, all accompanied by pictures of cosy campers in idyllic settings.

The reality of living in a tin box no larger than a double bed is, of course, somewhat less glamorous than the impression given by those heavily edited images. But you don’t have to turn your back on the modern world or travel far to get your hit of vanlife.

“There are loads of beauty spots in the UK that you wouldn’t even realise were there,” says our guest editor Captain Zabina Holt. “I’ve seen incredible places by being in the Army. The scenery in the Brecon Beacons and at Pen y Fan in Wales is stunning.”

Your slice of vanlife could be closer than you think.

If travel is your thing, check out the Army gap year.