LIVING THE VANLIFE – the DOCUMENTARY [full length documentary]

LIVING THE VANLIFE – the DOCUMENTARY [full length documentary]

Vanlife is a lifestyle that becomes more popular day by day, mainly in the surf community. Therefore, “Living the Vanlife” is a documentary that looks for the answers to some of the most asked questions about living a life inside a van.
“What is Vanlife?” “How do you sustain yourselves?” “How did it all start?” These are some of the questions to which the director found the answers.
Living the Vanlife – the DOCUMENTARY was premiered at cinema at “Lagoa Surfe Arte” Festival, Brazil, and after that on “SAL – Surf at Lisbon”, one of the most reputable and prestigious surf film festivals in Portugal.


Being a growing lifestyle and also being a controversial theme, the documentary “Living the Vanlife” is a first approach to the matter and intends to clear some ideas. The main objective was to show that it is possible to live inside a van and that the people who do it are as normal as the ones living in a flat or a house.
Having this lifestyle is not a synonym of being, for example, a hippie. Living in a van is frequently a decision made with consciousness and an objective. This is the reality that “Living the Vanlife” exposes, show as well that there are several reasons why people choose this path.


João Diogo Polónio is a Portuguese Director. Born in Lisbon, he has a Degree and a Masters Degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia, both finished in Escola Superior de Comunicação Social. He was the winner of the 2107 edition of “Prémios Tripla”, organized by EDP Foundation and Escola Superior de Comunicação Social with “Living the Vanlife – the DOCUMENTARY”
He is also the founder of The Outside Crowd – an online project focused on surf culture that produces audiovisual, photographic and written content since 2015.


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  1. John David on December 26, 2022 at 2:21 am

    Capitalism created the Van Life. I’m looking for a van right now. My mortgage is 500.00 cheaper than renting an apartment. I no longer need or want so much living space, and I can’t afford the extra expense of a rental. Van Life offers an escape from the chains capitalism has shackled society’s with.

  2. Christopher Byrd on December 26, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Get my van in 3 weeks! Can’t wait to see the PNW!

  3. fuck3ronson on December 26, 2022 at 2:39 am

    I’m saving for my van, fuck living in a home.

  4. realityvanlifeuk on December 26, 2022 at 2:52 am

    Can not wait to start van life in my self build camper!!

  5. FreeFinca on December 26, 2022 at 2:58 am

    Rosie and Nick’s dog! 😍😍😍

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