If there was ever a year to make the idea of #vanlife sound appealing, it was 2020. COVID-19 sparked a mighty upswell in socially distanced activities like hiking and camping, while simultaneously making mass transit and staying in hotels seem about as appealing as chugging gasoline. Practically speaking, camper vans solve all of the above problems; add in an emotional appeal that stretches from Kerouac to Instagram, and it’s not surprising that interest in the category spiked last year (and stays strong today).
Yet as much as we might often dream about wandering across the land in a tastefully designed van, the actual owning of one isn’t quite as sexy. Luckily, there’s a way to have your cake and eat it too, to an extent: rent a camper van.