This will sound cheesy I know, but one of the things I love about vanlife is that it actually brings people together. It’s a community, both IRL and online.
I’m usually not a very social person, and most of the time I prefer to be with just my family. But last summer we went to a Van Meetup hosted by Jesper who runs the feature account Vanlifescandinavia on Instagram, and his friend Adam, and we had an amazing time!
We were a group of maybe 40 people or more, age 6 to 60+, from Sweden and abroad, that got together at a really beautiful location called Kinnekulle Quarry, in southern Sweden. About 30 vans, a camp fire, scenic views, a bunch of dogs roaming around off leash and an improvised music gig with harmonica and electric(!) guitar in the middle of the night.
It was a really special event with good vibes and high tides, and I think the main reason to that was that people had this sense of belonging, a shared feeling of community. It was truly sweet. ❤️
Jesper and Adam are planning a new meetup in august called Burning Van, and I will post more about it when the event is up and running.
When it comes to online communities, the Facebook group Vanlife Sverige feels like the digital hub of Swedish vanlife. It’s created by Bella and Carl, the couple behind the vanlife blog Swewanderlust, has a little over 900 members and is constantly growing.
It’s a meeting place for people to get in contact, discuss conversions and vanlife issues, get and give tips about places to go, share pictures and so on. It’s also in this group we find information about meetups and gatherings. Bella and Carl are doing a great job as admins, which makes the group a really positive and generous hang out.