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Memoir and Travel Diary: Van Living 1971, by Gay & Jack Reineck

These days the term vanlife is hardly ever mentioned independently of web-based social media platforms, but the truth is that van living predates the internet. So who were the early pioneers? And what did the early days of van living look like? Gay and Jack Reineck might just have the answers to those questions and more in their newly published memoir and travel diary, Van Living 1971.

Having only recently met one another, this dynamic duo of designers had a crazy idea – buy a VW van in London and hit the road on a 12-month-long, 25,000-mile road trip. Traversing Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and finally returning back to London, they discovered more than just the meaning of love over the course of their adventure.

Now, more than 50 years later, this unique couple is sharing their story of adventure. Van Living 1971 is a full-color, 160-page diary from the Reinecks’ 12-month campervan journey. It includes 3 maps, sketches and drawings, and many historical photos from their time on the road.


Learn more and order your copy at RufusGuides.com.

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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.