Why do people pack up their lives and start over in a van? That’s the question that Vanlife Diaries: Finding Freedom on the Open Road ($34, Ten Speed Press) tries to answer. Some do it for work, or art, or a different way to raise a family. The photo book, which came out April 9, gives readers a behind-the-scenes peek into vanlife of all kinds—and might even spark some wanderlust in you. Here are some highlights from the book.
Photo: Pete Thuli’s motto is “Life is short,” and Taylor Bucher has a tattoo on her arm that reads “Simple” in Thai. Together with their sidekick, Snoop, they are living on the road in an old airport shuttle bus that they transformed into a cozy traveling home. Exploring nature’s beauty all over the country, connecting with people from all walks of life, immersing themselves in new cultures, and playing music with strangers are a few of the reasons they chose to live in a van.