Ever thought about quitting your job to join the Van Life club? Well, you're not alone. What started as a joking reference to Tupac's 'Thug Life', the widely used hashtag #VanLife became increasingly popular since it was first used by Foster Huntington - treehouse maker, skate bowl creator and ultimate Van Life extraordinaire. Huntington quit his job as a designer for Ralph Lauren and left New York City to live in a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro to surf, camp and travel the California coast.
Although Huntington was the social media, 21st Century figure for this lifestyle, this alternative way of living is nothing new and can be traced back to the 1900's when Albert Bigelow Paine wrote a book called 'The Vandwellers'; a strenuous quest for a home.
There has been some bad press lately about people taking advantage of this trend and therefore fabricating this lifestyle to make money off brands. However, there are real people living this very real life on the road. In celebration of this nomadic lifestyle, we scrolled through the hashtag #vanlife for the most envious, lust-worthy and REAL pictures to inspire you to live life as a permanent vacation.
And of course, this wouldn't be a 'best of' if we didn't have a picture of Foster Huntington's van. Check out Huntington's book from his travels living in his van from 2011-2013, 'Home is Where You Park It'.