Some vehicles are simply useful-others symbolize a way of life. The VW Bus is a perfect example; an encapsulation of the magic of traveling. As much fun as it can be to travel in luxury, in our opinion, you’ll never get the complete traveling experience if you aren’t in a Bus. Traveling in a VW Bus means having the freedom to explore the world at your own pace in a more intimate way that allows you to connect with people from other cultures-that’s why we have a passion for VW Buses.
Our story starts like that of many VW Bus enthusiasts. Back in 2003, we unknowingly ignited a hidden passion when we bought a white 1971 Bay window camper van Bus. This wasn’t your average Bus; it had all the necessary bells and whistles for traveling, including the pop-up roof, plus it was in great shape for its age. We would spend the following years taking Westy-our trusty white steed-on trips all over Europe. Little did we know, the exploring and traveling were only a small part of what the VW Bus had to offer.
Through our travels, we met a worldwide community of great people with like, open minds, and we had the opportunity to learn a lot about life. It seemed that no matter where we traveled, from the Iberian Peninsula all the way to Scandinavia, there were others just like us-people who loved their VW Bus. This tight-knit community of VW Bus owners gave us a sense of community no matter where we traveled, a feat that’s hard to accomplish many times. Whether we were cruising down the Autobahn or stopping at a scenic campground or rest area, there seemed to be no shortage of fellow VW Bus drivers who were willing to greet us with a friendly nod and smile.
These same experiences went on for years until we had met hundreds and hundreds of fellow VW Bus enthusiasts; that’s when we realized we were a part of something special. It became clear that VW Bus enthusiasts were more than a group of people who liked the way a vehicle looked-they were people who were passionate about the culture that surrounds the Bus, including the close sense of community.
Being a part of the VW Bus enthusiast community means more than simply owning a VW Bus; it means treating the Earth and everybody on it with respect and dignity. VW Bus enthusiasts have a feeling of joy that you can only get from being a part of a massive community that accepts people of all different creeds as long as they are good people. This is why the VW Bus enthusiast community spans across all audiences, from teens who want to get away from the city and experience the world to older folks who want to reclaim a piece of nostalgia from their past.
When we truly began to understand what it meant to be a member of the VW Bus community, we knew we had to do something to share our passion with the world. Bus enthusiasts already do a great job of connecting with each other during their travels, but we wanted to create another avenue for VW Bus lovers to share their passion, their Bus, and their travels with people from around the world. This is why we decided to create BusLifers.
BusLifers is a community for VW Bus enthusiasts to connect with other VW Bus owners and enthusiasts through photos and stories. We offer everything from personal stories about great travels to tried and true tips on travel destinations and making life on the road a little bit easier. The goal is that every VW Bus enthusiast feels like a valued, included member of the VW Bus community and has all the necessary resources to travel the right way. We also want to inspire you to get out there and explore parts of the world you haven’t seen before-although we don’t expect it to be too difficult to inspire a bunch of VW Bus connoisseurs to travel.
We at BusLifers would love for you to be a part of our community of Bus lovers. Whether you want to share your traveling pictures, tips and experiences with other VW Bus enthusiasts or pick up some tips and inspiration for your own travels, you’re a welcomed member of the BusLifers community. Feel free to drop in anytime you want to connect with fellow enthusiasts or find a new destination to explore in your VW Bus.