04 April 2013

vacationing in a bus is THE BEST

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to LA, rented a Volkswagon bus and drove to Joshua Tree (and later, Palm Springs). I admit, I originally booked this trip solely because that bus is irresistibly cute and I had visions of driving it down the highway, windows down, wind blowing through my hair. Luckily, we discovered that roadtripping in a bus is the best thing ever and the trip didn't degenerate into some kind of National Lampoon fiasco. 

why roadtripping in a bus is a fantastic idea: 

1. nap time, any time. whereever you are, whatever time of day, you have a nap mobile at your disposal. simply fold down the back seat, close the bus curtains and have yourself a shut eye.

2. make friends while stuck in traffic. this bus was a QUITE the crowd pleaser. there were smiles, honks and buses of children waving at us. 

3. panoramic views. there's something about that windshield that makes the view down the highway look like something out of a fancy coffee table book. renting this guy instead of a Civic made the trip about the journey, not the destination. 

4. watch the sun rise from wherever you park. one of my favorite parts of the trip was waking up and looking out the rear window to see the sun rising over the Joshua Tree hills. I haven't seen the sun rise in years (mostly because I won't be able to afford a San Francisco apartment with views of the actual sky for a few more decades), but park this baby at a campsite and enjoy the sunrise from the comfort of your bed (ahem, sleeping bag). 

answers to the questions that you probably have if you want to plan a trip like this: 

- we rented our bus using this company (they were SO nice). 
- if you fly into John Wayne Airport, the rental company will pick you up at the gate! (I don't know if I have ever been more excited than when I saw that little red bus for the first time! my heart rate was out of control.) 
- the bus was an automatic transmission.
- the rental rate varies, but it was definitely cheaper than renting a regular car, in addition to the fact that it was also our hotel for two nights.


  1. This looks like an incredible trip. I've been obsessed with teardrop trailers for awhile, but I might have to rent a bus for the next road trip.

  2. So neat! I would love to do something like that. Someday...

    Also, may I ask what kind of camera/lens you used for these pics? They are so pretty!

    1. Hi Patricia! I use a Nikon D90 with a 35mm prime lens. I've been using Visual Supply Co. editing software, which might be what you're responding to!

  3. These are gorgeous photos! I keep seeing photos from Joshua tree and it makes me want to go so badly.

  4. This is amazing! I love this post so much!

  5. these photos are absolutely stunning, I was following your trip via instagram and it looked wonderful! Definitely want to do a road trip myself in the near future.


  6. this looks like so much fun! i love all of your photos, and it looks like a great time. a good one to check off your bucket list.

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  7. very cool way to travel!!


  8. beautiful travel pics!

    Sandra Felicia ♥

  9. Sad you're no longer posting on this blog! Do you have another by chance?


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