Best Van Life Books

Best Van Life Books

Here are a selection of van life and travelling books that we have read prior or during our campervan travels. These books cover van life living, how to travel, places to visit and the best ways to explore and find new places.

We will keep adding to this page as we read and discover new books. 

If you have any favourite books to recommend we would love to hear about them- please do drop us a line at the bottom of the page. 

1. How To Live In A Van and Travel

This van life book has been hugely popular over the past few years and sure many of you will already have this book and if not trust us- its a great read.

It's a fantastic starting point for anybody looking to get into van life. It will help you plan a successful transition from a house to a van and discusses all the ‘real van life’ situations that you need to be prepared for e.g. finding water and wild camping spots. It also has a great section for how to make money whilst travelling for those quitting full time jobs. 

The contents listing:

1. Introduction
2. My story: quit job, build campervan, travel
3. About the van life
4. Get your van
5. Prepare for take off
6. Make a run for it
7. Freecamping & where to stay
8. Toilet & washing
9. Cooking & eating
10. Van safety
11. Travelling happy
12. Entertainment & technology
13. Staying connected
14. Making money on the road
15. Van maintenance & problems
16. Fears, excuses & actually doing it
17. An overview of my van
18. I think that’s about it


Find Mike Hudson aka @vandogtraveller on Instagram and check out Mike Hudson's website out for lots of great ideas and places to travel to.



2. Take the Slow Road: Scotland by Martin Dorey

Martin Dorey's books are hugely popular because they are so easy to read. The insightful information inside is complemented by excellent photos and diagrams too.

Scotland is an amazing place to tour by campervan with some stunning drives like the NC500. This book specifically covers the best drives and experiences depending on your hobbies and interests e.g. stunning mountain passes for walkers and the most beautiful beaches for surfers. 


3. The Campervan Bible by Martin Dorey

The Camper Van Bible by Martin Dorey van life book

Another brilliant, very easy to read book by the engaging author Martin Dorey. In this book Martin covers all aspects of van life including owning and every day van living, campervan cooking, sleeping and campervan maintenance. 


The Campervan Bible by Martin Dorey van life book

4. Wild Guide Scotland

Wild Guide Scotland travel guide book

This is a must read book for anybody going on a road trip around Scotland. It covers not only the main well known stunning attractions Scotland has to offer but also shows secret hidden places which are rarely visited by tourists. This book will allow anybody going on a road trip to Scotland successfully plan their trip according to their interests. 


  1. Isle of Arran
  2. Islay, Jura & Colonsay
  3. Mull, Coll & Tiree
  4. The Small Isles
  5. Isle of Skye
  6. Uists, Barra & The Barra Isles
  7. Harris & Lewis
  8. Orkney
  9. Shetland
  10. Argyll
  11. Fortwilliam, Glencoe & Glen Etive
  12. Morar, Moidart & Ardnamurchan
  13. Applecross, Kintail & Lochalsh
  14. Torridon & Gairloch
  15. Ullapool & Assynt
  16. Cape Wrath & North West Sutherland
  17. Caithness & East Sutherland
  18. Easter Ross & The Black Isle
  19. Loch Ness & Glen Affric
  20. Nairn & Morayshire
  21. Aberdeenshire
  22. Northern Cairngorms
  23. Southern Cairngorms
  24. Angus
  25. Perthshire
  26. Loch Lomond, Trossachs & Breadalbane


Wild Guide Scotland Travel guide book campervan travel

5. Wild Guide Wales

Wild Guide Wales travel guide book

Part of the same series of guides as Wild Guide Scotland, this book is essential for any trip to Wales. Some of the places covered in this book are simply stunning and you would never know they were there without the help of this book.


1 Anglesey & Menai
2 Llyn Peninsula
3 Conwy & Llandudno
4 Snowdon & Llanberis
5 Glaslyn & Cwm Pennant
6 Blaenau to Betwys-y-Coed
7 Central Snowdonia
8 Southern Snowdonia
9 Denbigh & Flintshire
10 Bala & River Dee
11 Berwyn & Vyrnwy
12 Shropshire Hills
13 Radnor & Upper Wye
14 Aberystwyth & Cambrians
15 Cardigan & Teifi
16 North Pembrokeshire
17 South Pembrokeshire
18 Gower
19 Camarthen & West Brecons
20 Brecon Beacons
21 Wye & Black Mountains
22 Lower Wye & Usk
23 Glamorgan & The Valleys


Wild Guide Wales campervan travel guide book

6. Wild Guide Lake District and Yorkshire Dales 

Wild Guide Lake District and Yorkshire travel guide

Another wild guide book- this one is close to our hearts as The Lake District is probably our favourite place in the UK to explore in our campervan.

Again, use this guide to find stunning locations that are off the beaten track to visit that you may not find on a simple google search. The Wild Guide series are a must for anyone planning an epic road trip in their van.

Lake District
North Fells & Bassenthwaite
Buttermere, Crummock & Ennerdale 
Wastwater & Eskdale 
Langdales & Grasmere 
North Windermere 
Duddon & Ravenglass 
Coniston & Grizedale 
South Windermere 
Barrow & Silverdale 

Yorkshire Dales
Howgills & Dentdale 
Wensleydale & Langstroth 
North East Dales 
Whernside & Ingleton 
Stainforth & Malham 
Nidderdale & Ilkley Moor 
Forest of Bowland 


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