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Vanlife | Adventure | Travel  Lucy & Ben Cornwall, UK Photographers, adventurers, full time vanlifers โœŒ๏ธ ๐Ÿ“Kernow ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒ24/36 ๐ŸšŽRusty LDV Convoy โ € ๐Ÿ‘‡Subscribe to our YouTube channel ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐ŸŒŸ GIVEAWAY TIME! ๐ŸŒŸ

We love cooking, that's why the kitchen is the most important part of our van. We built our kitchen with its charred wood worktop, driftwood spice rack and recycled pallet facade to be big enough to cook any meal, whether it's a stir fry, a chilli or a veggie junk food feast. Every meal we cook is packed with herbs and spices and consequently we've collected quite a few over the course of our trip.
We thought we'd have a bit of fun, so if you can correctly guess how many herbs and spices we have in our van we'll send you two of our brand new stickers before we release them for sale, and a mystery herb or spice.

To enter, all you need to do is make sure you're following our Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts, tag someone who you would love to cook with in a van, and guess the number!

Winner will be announced a week from today. โ†’ YouTube www.youtube.com/c/fromrusttoroadtrip
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Wandering through the streets or rather grassy gravel tracks of Beneficio, we passed by the craziest and most eclectic selection of homes we'd ever seen in one place.
There were tree house balconies, shacks built high up on a mountain ledge, buildings made of stone from the valley, buildings made of tarp, wooden huts and purple-and-pink striped trees, outdoor kitchens, the odd nylon tent and even an enormous teepee, which we later found out served as the "village hall" of sorts where daily activities take place, complete with a free library.

There was a school, a marketplace, a swap meet, compost toilets, a bakery, a stream for water, a waterfall for washing and wood for fires. Kids' bikes lay abandoned on the grass, rope bridges crossed the stream, hand-painted signs reminded people to collect their litter and to please not light any open fires among the Eucalyptus trees.
Outside their homes people were meditating, practising yoga, cooking up big communal meals on outdoor kitchen decks. We parked among a cluster of vans at the bottom, where the stream poured freely through the centre of the car park, wandered up and bought two beers from a guy who'd somehow hooked a full size freezer up to his caravan.

It was an idyllic community, one which had its beginnings rooted here around thirty years ago when the land was left in a will addressed "to everyone" and the first settlers arrived, a gathering of people that didn't belong in and had no desire to join the outside world. They'd built their own world among the Eucalyptus forest, shrouded from the real world, from the very materials that surrounded them.
We wanted to interview these unique and curious people but sadly we only had enough time to stop for one day, as it wasn't really something we'd planned, and in any case we weren't sure how open they would be to talking on camera, as the whole place has an air of secrecy about it which perhaps is what lures so many travellers to it- they don't give away too much, you just have to come and see for yourself.
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We said goodbye finally to Santa Fe, and set off on a journey around an hour South, to a place called Beneficio we knew little about.

Described alternately as a hippy commune, a vandwellerโ€™s stopover, a permanent Rainbow Gathering and an off-grid community of eco homes, we really had no idea what to expect about this mysterious place. We didnโ€™t even have directions or an address, just some vague instructions to drive through Orgiva town then head up into the mountains and look out for a dirt track off the main road.

We turned off the motorway, wove in and out of lakes formed by Alpajurran mountain valleys, crossed a pretty little bridge across a pretty little river into Orgiva where we briefly got our van stuck, then wound our way up more mountains, then back down, then up and back down again until we spotted a single red van in the distance at the end of a tenuous-looking track. Weโ€™d made it there, but what we found at the end of the track was not all all what weโ€™d imaginedโ€ฆ

Part 2 continues tomorrow!

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What is freedom?

It's a word that means many different things to many different people, and truthfully if you asked us tomorrow what it means to us our answer wouldn't be the same as it was yesterday.
You see, when we first had this crazy idea to live and travel in a van, our vision of freedom stretched no further than the idyllic scenarios of nights spent watching the stars and camping in remote, faraway places.

When we embarked on our first roadtrip, leaving our families behind for 8 months, our vision of freedom was to park up on sandy beaches at the end of pine forests for endless amounts of time, doing nothing but relaxing in our first summer away from the daily grind in five years.
When we returned from our first trip we'd lose days and weeks of our time staring at the clock and counting down until our next trip would begin, earning 12 pennies for every minute of our time we spent working to make someone else rich.

When we departed on our second trip we threw ourselves into it with a fervour and a renewed and more acute sense of what freedom could be now that we'd gone so long without. We covered four countries in a matter of two weeks, hungrily devouring every sight there was to see, every sunrise we could witness, every mountain pass or forest track we could drive.

We wanted to escape the rules, the restrictions, the routine and structure of a modern day life. We wanted to camp on the sand and among the pine trees without fear of police or the restrictions placed on so much of Western Europe in the form of oppressive height barriers and Private Property signs.
It was this lust for freedom that drove us East, where we could enter any National Park or sleep on any beach or drive up any country track, and we felt as though this was what we'd been searching for all along without ever really knowing it. When the ideals of our younger selves who'd first decided to drop out of university and not spend the rest of our lives chained to a mortgage and a house without wheels met with the reality of what we'd discovered here... (Continued in comments)

We don't usually enjoy this much company, but something about Santa Fe changed that within us. There was a sense of mutual respect among all the travellers here that we have rarely encountered in such a large group.

It felt safe, happy and free. A kind of Utopian community of travellers, ravers and alternative lifestyles that meet and cross paths here. A never-ending stream of fascinating stories, beautifully converted rolling homes and the scent of campfire cooking hanging in the air.

P.S. Can you spot our van? We always pick the spot with the best view ๐Ÿ˜‰

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You hear the expression, "It's a small world" quite often, but I've never really known what it means. The world is massive, isn't it? 510 million kmยฒ to be explored, unknown ocean depths, mountain peaks for miles high.

I'd never really understood the expression that the world is small, until I started travelling.

We met the most amazing couple who used to travel around the world in a big old bus til it broke down in Portugal, and they ended up settling there for 20 years, experiencing the world through the travellers they welcome into their home. And one of their fathers just so happened to live in the same village as Ben, though they'd never once met before.

We were approached by a random cyclist on Peniche beach, who'd spotted the Cornish flag sticker on our friend's van- it had taken him just as long to cycle from St. Ives, 20 minutes from my hometown, as it had taken us to drive it.

On a beach in Spain recently, we were offered a crate of tomatoes by an English couple also travelling in their van. They turned out to be from Cornwall, and lived 5 minutes up the road from Ben's place of work. Not only that, but it turned out he also worked with the girl's younger sister.

Suddenly the expression, "It's a small world," makes sense to me now. Because the more you travel, the more horizons you reach and borders you cross and people you meet, the smaller the world becomes. Instead of being one impossible unexplorable mass, you start to find little pieces of home in the most unexpected places.
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Parking up at Santa Fe these past two weeks has given us a lot of spare time, and a lot of time to think. To think about the reasons we're here and why we chose the vanlife, although it often seems like the vanlife chose us. While it's mainly about finding that sense of freedom you won't get from living in between four white walls, it's also about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
If you want a fridge that's always cold and a washing machine that does your clothes for you and drinking water at the turn of a tap and a bed that doesn't get damp when it rains then living in a house is great.
But if you feel like you're missing something, like you need a challenge in your life, if you're sick of the mundane and the everyday and the modcons that have eliminated the need for our inbuilt primeval survival mechanisms, and you need something more, then maybe vanlife is for you.
Maybe, sometimes, you need to lose your sense of comfort, peel off the cotton wool that surrounds you, feel the bite of an icy winter's night on your toes or the harsh burn of the sun against your skin or the mild desperation of not being able to find a water source to really feel alive. Maybe comfort is an affliction, and adventure is the cure.
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Vlog 9 is out now! Sometimes things don't always go to plan... Well, actually things never go to plan in a van. Like when you plan to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina for the day but they won't let you in. Or when you plan to get your van brakes fixed but actually end up driving hundreds of miles with no brakes. Or when you plan to convoy with your mates but their wheels start wobbling and threatening to fall off.
You can expect all of this and more in our latest Vlog, plus some seriously awesome urbexing thrown in too.
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Vlog 9 will be bouncing its way onto your screens tomorrow night at 8pm GMT!

We cross five- yes five- borders in two days, attempting to make our way into Bosnia & Herzegovina via Croatia, and along the way we pick up an English couple @kaders_adventures in their Vauxhall Movano camper who decide to convoy with us! Not only that, but we explore one of the biggest abandoned hotel complexes we've ever laid eyes upon!
Will we make it into Bosnia and Herzegovina? Will Shaun and Emily's van even make it to the border, or will their wheels fall off first? You'll have to tune in at 8pm tomorrow night to find out!

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Spring finally hit us after a long, cold and adventurous winter that weโ€™ll never forget. Itโ€™s such a great feeling to swing open the back doors and soak up some of that cool evening sunshine.

Who else is looking forward to some decent weather this summer?! ๐ŸŒž

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The dusty dirt tracks and olive groves that enshroud the Santa Fe hot springs are a simply magical place. High on a hill, surrounded by panoramic vistas on all sides, bordered by mountains and the Sierra Nevada to the East whose snow-topped peaks turn crimson in the dusk light, Santa Fe had burst into bloom after a month of unseasonably heavy rain.
Locals, hippies and vandwellers alike marvelled at the fields of bright yellow flowers, interwoven with green green grass and dotted with the pink and purple jewels of wildflowers. We were lucky to see this rare occurrence, we were told by locals, and spent our evenings there soaking in the sunset light, in awe of this spectacular landscape.
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Watching the sun set over the snow-dusted mountains that surround Santa Fe, after a day of soaking in the thermal springs.
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