Last Updated: December 17th, 2018
The internet has allowed people living (and loving) the vanlife to connect with one another in ways that weren’t possible in the past. Instagram, in particular, has become a community hub where digital nomads and people wanting to mainline a dose of wanderlust can form a community. It has also allowed people who would otherwise have no idea how to turn their vanlife dreams into vanlife realities to do exactly that.
There are a lot of awesome vanlifers making the most of Instagram, but we decided to round up some of our absolute faves. So here are the “best” #VanLife Instagram accounts you should follow right now.
Sydney Ferbache – 45.8k Followers
A certified Yoga instructor, Ferbache has been living the vanlife since October of 2017 and she currently moving on from her 2011 Mercedes Sprinter to a Ford Transit. Instagram followers can watch as she goes through the conversion.
Ferbache’s Instagram feed is more focused on pictures of her and her van than the average vanlifer’s is. Because of her yoga flexibility, she contorts herself quite nimbly in her small living space, as well as in gorgeous travel destinations. But she isn’t all bikinis and athleisure. She also posted a pic of her on the toilet and a story showing where the toilet is placed when the van is on the road. Point being: Syndey is keeping it real. Real real.
Kaya Lindsay – 23.4k Followers
Social media manager Kaya Lindsay and her partner Michael Baba transitioned from living with Kara’s parents into their 2006 Dodge Sprinter named Lyra because they simply could not make the amount of income needed to afford an apartment in Santa Cruz, CA.
Vanlifers on Instagram tend to be avid outdoors people, but it’s mostly the men photographing extreme recreation. The women tend to do yoga or stick to hiking. Kaya breaks that mold in a big way. An avid climber, this wanderlust wonder often posts images of her hanging from cliffs and staring across the vista from atop a mountain peak (in some cases naked except for climbing gear). It’s exciting and motivating. Followers can look forward to van pics, as well as a ton of action shots and selfies.
This is less of a pro photographer situation and more of an insight into the life of a person it would be awesome to know.
Reggie Grey – 11.7k Followers
Reggie Grey was a successful member of the Toronto film industry and the owner of a spectacular home, but he wasn’t happy. So he sold all his possessions, gave his clients a heads up, and hit the road in a 1970 trailer he named Frances, and though Franny is not technically a van, the dude is totally living the vanlife. And it’s given him satisfaction his life lacked before.
As Grey comes from a creative place in the visual arts, it’s no wonder that his feed is so bomb. Artfully composed and rendered in muted tones, his images all feel like they came from a magazine with a very good idea of its readership. Whether it’s scenes from a trailer park, shots of the puppy he shares with partner Eileen, shower selfies with his great big bushy beard, or nature’s vistas, his images all feel fresh and slightly counterculture.
It’s like a photographer for Nylon was planted in the Pacific Northwest and had a real hard on for the seventies. Sincerely, it’s worth checking out.
Sara Bertagnoli and Luca Sguazzini – 17.8k Followers
Alright, admittedly, a truck camper is not a van, but long-term travel living in a refurbished ride feels pretty damn vanlife-y. And this Italian couple is so freaking charming that not including them would feel like kicking a puppy. When Bertagnoli and Squazzini met in 2015, it didn’t take long for them to begin traveling together. But to fully embrace wanderlust the way they really wanted to, they knew that they had to quit their jobs and live in a completely new way. That’s where their Learn Everything and Wander (LEAW) philosophy comes into play.
What wins followers of Bertagnoli and Squazzini over is that their Instagram account is chock full of couple pictures that feel natural and full of fun. A traditionally attractive pair, they don’t give off the hardcore influencer vibe that some people find irritating. You won’t catch them looking smoking hot and talking about dieter’s tea. Instead, you get a lot of landscapes and activities that feature bedhead and silly faces. It’s charming and impossible not to like.