We’ve been following Selina and Frank of @pinepins for a while now and just love their aesthetic style and adventurous spirit so we reached out to them for an interview to find out a bit more about them and their beautiful van Rudi.
Who are you?
We are Selina and Frank from the Instagram account @pinepins.
Where are you from originally?
We are originally from the south of Germany. About a good hour away from Freiburg where we live right now.
What type of van do you have?
We have a VW T4 – 2002 including a nice “Pop-Top”.
How long have you had it?
Just about one year.
What do you call your van?
We call him Rudi. Easy to find with the tag #rudithevan
What is it that drew you to travelling in your van?
Travelling through Australia and New Zealand in a van was pretty much what brought us to vanlife. We loved that adventure so much and as we got back to Germany we decided to get a van permanently for us.
What’s the best thing about living/travelling in your van?
Being spontaneous and free to go where ever we want to is one thing that is really amazing to us. Nothing needs to be planned or booked… just take the road that looks good to you and explore some new routes.
What’s the hardest part about living/travelling in your van?
Everything gets harder as the weather gets worse. So being on the road during some rainy days can be pretty hard. When everything is wet and dirty it can be a bit stressful sometimes.
What would you be doing if it weren’t for vanlife?
Well… before we have been travelling in a van we did lots of trips too. They have been kind of different, more like; airplane -> rental car -> apartment. Trips like that are great too. As we want to reach destinations which are far away we still do it like that.
What’s your favourite feature of your van?
The swivelling seat for sure. It brings so much space to the interior, just amazing!
What was the biggest surprise about vanlife?
The great community and all the nice people we got to know on the road and also on Instagram with our account.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about getting a van of their own?
Just try it. Rent a van for some days and see if you will like it or not… we are pretty sure you will like it! Then think about what you will need and what kind of van is good for you. If you made it that far, just do it!
Follow the adventures of Selina, Frank and #RudiTheVan on their wonderful instagram @pinepins