What does the vanlife feel like? Many people are inspired by the idea, but only a few truly dare to leave the so-called “normal life” behind. The start-up, Camper Retreats, offers an interesting solution: temporary vanlife – accompanied by true digital nomads. The team consists of four people who, because of their experiences and their passion, have chosen to offer others a taste of the vanlife. Together with Vamos, there Mercedes-Benz 602 D, they are currently planning a road trip from the Algarve in Portugal to Spain. Their motto is: “Be free, be in nature, be yourself and live your life best possible.”
A little yoga in the morning and then a kite surfing session followed by a group breakfast. Then a few hours of work. This is what a typical day looks like. Alongside living and working space, the Mercedes-Benz Van offers the entire team storage space for their various activities. Nevertheless, the team does not get bogged down by details. “It would not be true vanlife if everything was planned 100% beforehand”, explains Britt, the head of the group, with a wink. What makes this start-up so different to a normal travel agency? “It is not about travelling or working, the community or a special location. What makes this project so special is the combination of all of the aspects”, says Britt.
To ensure the ideal road trip, the team travels to all of the spots in advance and ensures that the van is suitable. “We do a lot of research, talk to the locals and people who have already travelled to the places”, explains Britt. The start-up is dear to the hearts of everyone on the team. “We want to give everybody the opportunity to experience vanlife – at an affordable price. A lot of people incorrectly assume that living like this is very inexpensive. But this has to be learned first.” Anyone who wants to participate, can apply online. The team then gets in touch either via e-mail or private message. The team receives a lot of applications and chooses the candidates very carefully. Because in the end, the group spends a lot of time together even when enough private time is planned. “We are looking for like-minded people. Adventurers, digital nomads and free thinkers who either accompany our group with their own van or want to test out the van lifestyle”, says Britt.
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