If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, then you would know that my boyfriend Marc is super into photography. As a girl who loves being active on instagram, this isn’t an issue for me in anyway, shape or form! It also means that he is usually down for whatever crazy ideas I get to snap some cute pictures while we’re on holidays, and there was no exception with my plan to rent a vintage, 1989 VW combi on our recent trip back to Aus.
Because the entire preface of this trip was to visit family, we didn’t really have any plans to travel far outside of my home town and the surrounding areas. That’s what made this idea so good – we were able to do something fun and creative that neither of us had ever done before, whilst camping around and exploring the place I called home for so many years.
The van that we found was actually listed on AirBnB, just a few kilometres away from my parents house. It was COMPLETELY decked out – so awesome! The couple that we rented off were so kind and accommodating, and the van had absolutely everything we could ever need on a road trip. The back seat folded down into a flat bed, there was a fridge, dining table, grill, AUX chord capability and even a TV! It was so incredibly cute and I mean… the pics kind of speak for themselves. I’ll add the link to the AirBnB at the bottom of the post if anyone wants to check it out.
Although, there was something that we didn’t quite anticipate about the van-life. At the end of the day, it is a very old model of car. Obviously, there has been such big advances in car technology since the time that these vans were manufactured, meaning that they don’t have some of the comforts that we are accustomed to. For example. we had to travel along the highway to get to our beach-side camping spot. The speed limit along that highway is about 110kn/hour, but the van had a max speed of 90knm/hour. People were speeeeeeeding past us, and we almost missed check-in time for our camping spot because we underestimated just how long it would take us to get there.
Also, there was one slight area where we had to make quite a steep climb over a hilly patch of land. This was the first time I ever experienced being concerned that a motor or an engine would over-heat! So crazy. And to be frank, superstressful seeing as we weren’t the owner of the car. Luckily, things subsided very quickly once the climb was over.
So, to the question that is the subject of this blog – were the cute photos worth it? For the two days that we had the van, it was a resounding yes. I mean, who doesn’t love a whole series of cute pics with an adorable VW in it? No one, that’s who! But I must admit, at the end of day 2, we were happy about not having it for the rest of a week – I missed my bed.
What do you guys think – would you rent one of these vans to have a cute shoot?!