Caravan travelling has seen a massive transformation over the past decade or so: no longer solely the domain of the retired, so-called ‘van-life’ is increasingly popular with young couples and families across the world. With Instagram feeds awash with images of gorgeous vans and incredible views, it’s undeniable that vans are looking better than ever – so let’s take a closer look into the minimalist travel trend.
The tiny house trend is currently dominating conversations in the design industry, so it’s no surprise that the latest caravans evoke beautiful cabins and airy lofts. From plush carpeting to light wood panelling, the interiors in brand-new caravans are modern, beautiful, and – above all – practical. Form marries function in models like the Beauer 3X, which expands telescopically upon set-up to triple the available inside space. Meanwhile, the Land Ark Draper situates itself neatly between mobile home and cosy cabin, designed to stay in one place for extended periods. White-washed pine and a fold-away deck makes it easy to feel at home wherever you decide to park, with a sophisticated asymmetric frame to complete the modern look.
While manufacturers are capitalising on the demand for beautifully designed caravans, many #vanlife adherents are taking it upon themselves to craft the van of their dreams. Renovations of vintage caravans became a popular pastime over the initial lockdowns of the pandemic, resulting in endless DIY inspiration for anyone ready to tackle a refit. Some dedicated designers have turned the craze into a business: Retro Caravan Renovations, based in Queensland, repairs and renovates vintage vans in alignment with each van’s unique characteristics, delivering beautifully styled caravans that for customers all over the country. Whether for your own travels or to rent out to others, breathing new life into an old van can be extremely rewarding and surprisingly accessible, but if you’re not confident doing it on your own, a company like Retro Caravan Renovations is a safe and sure bet.
The formerly humble caravan is a new design frontier that has incredible aesthetic potential, and it’s a trend that doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. A minimalist, nomadic lifestyle seems to be more and more appealing to people tired of being trapped inside – so, expect to keep seeing those #vanlife posts on your Insta feed!
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