About

We are Jaime, Monica and Amarilla (our newest family member a Chilean Kitten, which we found fortunately on the route). We are a couple of photographers and travelers. Colombians. We always loved to travel by road letting ourselves touched by the daily life and culture of the places we visited. We started with short motorcycle trips around our country and on the way we had the idea of living traveling in a VW Bus, as it is the legendary vehicle of travelers around the world.

We spent about three years to find Lola. We already had her name way before we met her. We dreamed of her, we had already given up (because in Colombia they are very scarce and those who keep it as a classic are very expensive) we decided to go on with our usual routine and continued to make short trips. But on the 9. of November 2015, just on Moni’s birthday, Jaime gave her a miniature VW Bus and she asked for the wish and blew the whispering candles: “Please universe, let it come true.” The next day as a wonder came an answer to this desire. In the middle of a normal conversation where we told our dream of having a VW Bus to travel around the world, someone quoted us “I know who has it” and to not lengthen the story much, that day Lola came into our lives: A VW Bus T2 from 1995 of 13 windows in perfect state, beige color, which we modified by ourselves to build our mobile home.

Mission

Our greatest mission is photography, learn about photography, record and document all our experiences on the trip, which allows us to share them with our friends and followers on our tour, in a close and day-to-day way and show how in the middle of Americas diversity, we can find ourselves so equal.

FAQ’s

What does the BusLife mean to you?

For us, travel is a metaphor for life. We are all in constant motion, but living a BusLife is living traveling, letting yourself be touched by all the experiences that allow you to be like a snail, carrying your house in tow. The BusLife is to learn that in the simplicity is a lot of happiness, because although it is a  small space, it is your home that is always in constant movement.

What are the biggest advantages and challenges of living the BusLife?

As advantages we have to have a lot of comfort wherever you arrive, save on terms of lodging and food, because the idea is to cook and save as much as we can.

Another thing we love, is to be able to go away to different places, enjoy landscapes on days, where it would be common to be working in an office, to feel like your home is where you are.

As a challenge is the adaptation to a life without stability, being in constant motion, you are always traveling between question marks. What for many people and for us at some point was routine, now we are daily interrogators: Where to sleep, where to eat, where to shower and how to sustain the life on the road. For this last point in our case the VW Bus helps us a lot because we use it as a store on wheels, where we offer crafts and photographs made by us.

Another challenge is to learn about the VW Bus, because while it is a comfortable car, it is necessary to know it and to understand its flaws and prevent it from a possible damage.

Tell us your favourite destination you have travelled to so far?

It is difficult to give an answer to this question, for even if it is cliché to say it: Every country and place has its magic. However, we enjoyed much more taking photographs in the Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia that gives us truly spectacular landscapes and places such as El Glaciar Perito Moreno in Argentina or the Carretera Austral and Torres del Paine in Chile.

What’s your favourite thing about your VW Bus?

For us the VW Bus has a unique and special personality. Travelling in a VW Bus is traveling in a vehicle with history, which offers those who see it an impression of freedom. So what we like most about our VW Bus are the links that it generates around the world, as in each country and even city because you can find everywhere an enthusiast or group who loves these cars and how this allows you to generate new friendships around the world.

What advise would you give to anyone starting a travel adventure in a VW Bus?

We believe that the first thing is to think about practicality and efficiency of space, many at first refuse to make changes such as modifying the roof or the driver’s chairs. But when you start thinking to convert a car to your home you must think about the details that will make your space comfortable.

Risk that you dream awake, it’s not as easy or as difficult as we can imagine, don’t make long-term plans because the way that traces will be transformed with your experience in every place.

And finally, we would also recommend taking courses or watching videos and practicing on the basic mechanics of the engine, since its simplicity allows you to make some repairs and do some maintenance.

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