If you find yourself scrolling down Instagram for hours on end in search of some travel inspiration, chances are, you would have stumbled on to a few photos of #vanlife. Recently, there has been a huge rise in young people opting to forgo living in a traditional home. Instead, their habitat of choice is a van which they convert into their tiny home on wheels.
In fact, next year, my partner and I are planning to ditch the backpacks for a while and have our go at doing van life in Europe ourselves. Our van of choice? The infamous sprinter camper van mainly because it seems like a solid all around vehicle. When we turned to Instagram to look for inspiration, true enough, there are heaps of others who had the same idea as we did.
I must admit after I started searching for sprinter van conversion ideas on Instagram, I ended up spending hours…(literally, HOURS) of my time scrolling through every photo. So to save you all from getting lost down the rabbit hole, here are a few of my all-time-favorite sprinter camper van conversions.
Sprinter Vans on Instagram
These guys are traveling across South America with their DIY Sprinter van alongside with their cute dog. I love this van build mainly because it looks so clean and bright. Also, how cute is that hanging cardboard Christmas tree?
Hello IG 😘 J'espère que tout le monde a passé un agréable moment avec ses proches, et que vous avez été bien gâtés 😊 Nous avons passé une merveilleuse soirée et le repas était délicieux 🍴🎄 ———– Hello IG 😘 I hope everyone had a good time with their loved ones, and that you were well spoiled 😊 We had a wonderful evening and the meal was delicious 🍴🎄 . . #colombia #colombie #cartagena #van #sprintervanlife #vaninspo #vantrip #dogs #akitainu #akita #akitalover #roadtripwithdogs #southamerica #passionpassport #liveoutdoors #discoverglobe #campingwithdogs #sprintervan #voyage #traveldog #sprinter #mercedessprinter #vanamenage #vanlife #photography #photographer #photooftheday #perfectplace #travel
I recently interviewed these guys for our van life interview series because I’ve been obsessing over their van for quite some time now. The entire thing looks so well made and just looks super clutter free! Plus, I love all the natural light that their van gets due to all the windows! They are also one of the few vans out there that have a toilet and a shower.
If you want to read their full interview on how much their van cost, what monthly expenses are like, and other van life-related things, check it out: 40 Hours of Freedom Interview
Are you letting the days just float by? Life is now, and too many people float through life in a zombie-like state. Wake up. Work. Watch TV. Go to bed. And repeat. Life is incredible and beyond words when you escape from the “norm” of society. We have no physical address or home to go to, but we’ve had the most magical experiences in this home on wheels. We’ve traveled to places we used to talk about visiting but never had the time or money to go. We’ve been able to spend every day together doing what we love — waking up without an alarm, snuggling, adventuring and having fun even when we work. I say all of this to inspire you, not to brag. It wasn’t long ago that we were living like zombies… working just to afford things. But we woke up to the beauty of this moment right now and realized we were floating through life letting time pass by. Alex’s Dad is in full time care due to Alzheimer’s at the age of 63. My dad was just hospitalized for 3 days and had to have heart surgery. Nothing is promised “later” in life and retirement isn’t guaranteed. Live in every moment. Life is NOW. 2018 is right around the corner and you get to choose what you will create. Don’t let another year pass you by.
Now we’ve literally been following this dude for a while mainly because we think he has one of the best looking vans out there. I’m a fan of the dark wood finish and love the overall layout and simplicity of his space. Scott travels around North America with his little furry friend, Ellie. If you watch his Sprinter van tour, you will be amazed to see how much storage he has built in the van. It’s awesome!
Would you like a tour of my crib? Give me a 👍👍#comeswithaview #vanlife #homeiswhereyouparkit ~ ~ ~ ~ #travel #travelphotograhpy #adventure #summer #lifestyle #outdoors #ontheroad #instatravel #vanlifer #reformlife #staywild #betheadventure #builtnotbought #letscamp #diycamper #adventuremobile #vanlifemovement #picoftheday #instagood #1000contemporarynomads #campeveryday #Travelstoke #sprintervan #vanlifediaries #liveauthentic #modernoutdoors #campingofficial
@eh.mon & @rebeccamoroney
Eamon & Bec are popular You Tubers who have heaps of pretty awesome videos on van life conversions. I absolutely adore their van because it actually looks like a home! From the tiles in their kitchen to their super snazzy herb rack ( I knooow…I get excited about weird things!) If you’re serious about van life and want to learn more about how to convert a Sprinter van, definitely check these guys out!
I’ve also been following their account for a while mainly because they have THE cutest baby in the world! Apart from that, I love how clean looking the van is. They are also one of the few vans that I’ve seen that actually has an actual desk and chair to work from. How awesome is that?
H|O|M|E – We believe a home can really be anywhere. Juniper will probably experience many types of homes as she grows up and her needs will change as she gets older. But for now she needs food, sleep, a clean diaper, and a lil lovin'. All of those are easily provided within this van that we call home for now. Its small but covers all of our basic needs (and then some). What does "home" mean to you? What makes a place a "home?" Comment below, we want to hear! @bambonatureusa #homeiswhereyouparkit
I recently just stumbled upon this IG account and was immediately hooked. I love the muted grey colors combined with the dark wood. Together with her partner, these guys are driving around North America. The kitchen tiles make it look super cozy and don’t even get me started on the fairy lights!
Katch and Ben are photographers who travel and work from their Sprinter Van. If you hop on to their Instagram feed, you will immediately a myriad of beautiful photos of them, their travels, and their nifty van. I love their work set up and the fact that they have a metal safe built in to store all of their gadgets.
Question: How do you work on the road with computers? How do you store them? #sheepfeetFAQ Answer: We're photographers so we really wanted to keep our iMacs to edit on. We had @sportsmobilewest build a metal safe for us that is built right into the van, in a bottom cabinet for safety. Inside that safe goes a big shock proof padded rolling case that holds our two iMacs. We have another safe next to it where we keep our gear (lenses, cameras, etc). So even if someone breaks into the van, they can't really steal anything inside the safes. When we need to use them we take them out, plug them in, and boom! It's what you see here. We power them with solar power. You have to be careful in extreme cold conditions though. When we were in Utah in winter, we made sure to give the screens enough time to warm up before using them, but we haven't had any issues with it. Does anyone else out there keep big gear with them? And how? . . . . . #vanlifediaries #vanlifers #projectvanlife #vanlife #tinyhousemovement #camperlifestyle #vanlifemagazine #campingofficial #vanlifemovement
I found these guys when doing “research” for this article and immediately fell in love with their van layout. My partner Tom and I need desk space to work from which is why the usual seating area that converts to a bed makes the most sense but these guys somehow managed to combine both! Plus the bottom part of their bed is now one big storage space which is pretty ingenious.
If you think a van can’t look homey…think again! These guys nailed the design and overall look of the van and have heaps of gorgeous photos as they travel around Australia. Their layout is also pretty unique don’t you think?
I love the whole rustic country home feel that this van is going for. From the wooden tables and panels to the cool little reading nook near the front of the van. These guys also keep it real on their blog talking about the ins and outs of van life which is pretty awesome.
Now in case you haven’t noticed, I like this van layout the most. I think it looks clean, you can get a lot of work done, and your van always looks tidy. I absolutely adore all the plants that they have plus if you look at other photos of their build, they also have loads of storage space which is always needed.
Finished night shot. 48 hour countdown!!! 😆 #letsgo . . . . #sprint2explore #diy #sprintervan #vanlife #travel #homeiswhereyouparkit #van #adventure #adventuremobile #vanlifediaries #campervan #wanderlust #campvibes #neverstopexploring #vanning #camper #getoutstayout #customvan #vanconversion #vanvibes #bucketlist #lifeisgood #progress #vanlifers #projectvanlife
So there you have it! Hopefully, this post has given you a few ideas on different van life conversions. If you want to see more, follow these Instagram accounts and stalk their awesome Sprinter van conversions. We CAN’T WAIT to be able to include our Sprinter van conversion to this list later on. But until then, we hope these drool-worthy vans will do!