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5 Wanderlust Adventures to Go Beyond the Ordinary

Aaron McHugh

Just because the kids are back in school doesn’t mean your holiday rag tagging is over. I’ve curated a list of wanderlust adventure options for going beyond the ordinary and disrupting your ordinary weekend rut.

Not Your Grandfather’s RV

I spotted this Jucy RV at the bottom floor of Death Valley National Park. 282 feet below sea level.

Jucy RV’s is the opposite of the gas-guzzling rig your grandfather drives. Instead, picture your wife’s minivan, tricked out like a #VanLife Westfalia VW bus including the functional camping kit and sink. Jucy RV’s are available for rent in LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco and now Denver. Outside of the US in New Zealand and Australia. Rental $150-$200 x day. Perfect for visiting National Parks or a weekend camping with less hassle and they promise to throw in the kitchen sink.

The World’s Largest Tiny House Resort

Gigantic claims from the tiniest escape “The Biggest Tiny House Resort” (PC @WeeCasa).
The Hobbit House @ WeeCasa with queen sized bed and electric fireplace (PC @WeeCasa).

Scratch your tiny house minimalism itch by sleeping in one of WeeCasa’s tiny houses in Lyons, Colorado (near Estes Park, CO). Each tiny house stuffs expansive charm and character into their 130–400 square feet. Neighborhood-style stacked cozily with great access to the river. Go big by going small. Read their solid TripAdvisor reviews.

Road Trip the California Coast in a Vintage VW Bus

Adventure is calling you to a vintage adventure starting in Southern California with VW Surfari (PC@VWSurfari).

Escape to the ordinary and rewind the clock forty years and go analog in a Vintage Sarfari Wagon. I know the VW bus was made in Germany, but they LIVE in California. Unplug from your digital life and throw back to campfires, good time vibrations and breathtaking California sunsets. Use the easy button and rent everything from camp chairs, surfboard racks, grills and sleeping bags. Just turn up and jump into adventure mode.

Base price starts around $189 x day includes 50 miles. Extra charges for more miles. Email: bus4hire@vwsurfari.com Instagram @vwsurfari Check out their fleet and get a quote.

San Clemente The Holidays

1960’s vintage beach camp located a short walk from the beach (PC@TheHolidays).

THE HOLIDAYS is 1960’s vintage style camping perched on the sand dune above San Clemente State Beach, CA. Interiors of each camper are modern, sleek and clean transporting you a golden era of California. Starting at $189-$209 x night and campground fees. Pick your trailer and reserve up to six months in advance.

Airstream Resort AutoCamp

AutoCamp at night waiting weary travelers with Glamping luxury (PC@Hannah Merritt Photography).

AutoCamp is Architectural Digest meets glamping. Designed by architects, featured in Travel and Leisure, AutoCamp promises “Adventure Simplified”. Steeper in price, but legit cozy $starting at 170 x night in a “Luxury tent” on a Casper mattress or $250 x night in a Premium Airstream (minimum two-night stay most weekends). Three locations Santa Barbara, Sonoma County along the Russian River and coming soon Yosemite, AutoCamp promises an experience unrivaled. View their full luxury vibe gallery here.

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One more addition I found after publishing, Dustie Wagens out of Santa Barbara, CA. They have a small fleet of vintage VW Busses for rent starting at $224 x night. They also offer day tours to local beaches and wineries. Check ’em out.

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