If this summer is the one where you plan to pursue your bucket list like never before, you may want some guidance before you head out! With so many places to go and experiences to choose from, how do you narrow down what to see and what to put off until next summer? These seven campervan adventurers offer their tips for the best places to see and have plenty of photos to inspire your next road trip! If you want to hear more about their favorite places to campervan, be sure to check out the full versions of our interviews with all seven creators!
Originally from Peru, Jose is now a full-time travel photographer, blogger and recently has come onto the scene with a YouTube channel! Not only does he offer great photos and itinerary ideas, but he also offers instructional and aspirational content on his YouTube channel and website for all budding travel content creators to enjoy. Based out of Utah, Jose has a handful of helpful posts on his website to get some inspiration for your next campervan road trip! In his interview, Jose talks about his appreciation for more simplistic experiences in nature and offers some travel options that may be less populated.
Life with Elliot
Elliot Chau is definitely one of the younger adventurers on this list. At just 24 years old, Elliot has already been to more countries than most people see in a lifetime. While he’s from Alberta, Canada, he has seen the US, Italy, France, Indonesia, Turkey, Italy, and a host of other countries (50+) on a long list of travels. An incredibly talented travel photographer, Elliot is anything but one-dimensional. If you go to his website, you’ll find detailed travel itineraries for destinations around the world. Follow the life of (and with) Elliot, and you’ll find the best places to visit and look good while doing it!
Fame is Fickle Food
Third on this list is Soha. Soha runs her social media exclusively under the Emily Dickinson-inspired name Fame is Fickle Food. A true artist, she doesn’t provide a wealth of information about herself but uses the allure of photography to gather a following. The colors in her photos are often simple whites, greys, and light pastels, but her skill with a camera allows them to be stunning. If you’re looking for an experience, her Instagram feed is just that. Photography enthusiasts will be in awe, and travel enthusiasts will feel an incessant need to know where these photos were taken! One look at her social media, and it will be clear why she says the vast desert of southern Utah is her favorite place to campervan.
Ben Leo Davis
The most loquacious interviewee on this list was by far Ben Leo Davis. He offers more than his share of great places to visit and some interesting tips for going about getting there! Ben, a full-time travel photographer, is more than familiar with nature and the outdoors, hailing from Queensland, Australia. He has quite the resume of clients for his photography business and more than his share of stories relayed on his Instagram of his worldwide travels. A campervan aficionado and road tripper extraordinaire, Ben has spent many an hour driving a van to some of the most spectacular places in the US and abroad. You won’t want to miss his campervan spaghetti bowl recipe and his tips for those hitting the road for the first time!
Cody is a recent California transplant from the northeast. While now in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cody found his love for cameras while living in Philadelphia. Cody has photographed some of the most unique and sought-after sights in the United States, including The Wave on the border of Utah and Arizona. He was also lucky enough to get a gorgeous shot of the Northern Lights in Washington. While currently living in California, he mentioned in his interview his desire to see the parks of Montana and Wyoming. Check out his interview for the best ways to visit Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as his best campervan trip planning tips!
The Awkward Tourist
Kelly Lacy of The Awkward Tourist balances her time between being a flight attendant, blogger, and wife to Kevin. Kelly and her husband together are The Awkward Tourists on YouTube, traveling around, letting you know what is and isn’t open and how to get there! The two of them have an incredible story, and Kelly’s interview goes in-depth on where to campervan with that special someone this summer. On her own, Kelly’s blog and Instagram offer first-hand travel tips, including some Icelandic travel tips most recently. Kelly gets the name for her social media by her willingness to fully immerse herself in the places that she visits. So if you’re looking for entertaining yet honest content about the reality of travel (and what that looks like right now), Kelly is a great resource!
The Escape Artists
If your bucket list is filled with tropical getaways or you and your significant other are looking for some inspiration, look no further than The Escape Artists! Bloggers, photographers, and content creators extraordinaire, Sydney and Davis seem to have found every inch of sand on planet earth. While you’ll see them in places like Mallorca, Bali, and Oahu, Sydney and Davis mention in their interview that their favorite campervan locations may seem a little bit more secluded. For the budding photographers out there, The Escape Artists offer photography tutorials, presets for mobile and desktop editing, and gear load-outs to inspire!
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About the Author
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.