For many individuals, the considered quitting a job and touring the US appears like a dream. For Justin and Megan Webb, it’s a actuality.
Final 12 months, the Tennessee couple determined they’d nothing to lose by pursuing a ardour. They bought virtually the whole lot they’d, donated what they may, and saved solely a field every of sentimental belongings. They then traveled to Boise, Idaho, the place they picked up the car they’d dwell in and drive throughout the nation—a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia.
When the Webbs first purchased the van from a collector initially of 2018, it had about 89,000 miles on it. It now has 110,000 miles within the early phases of the Webb’s dream journey—to attend as many cosplay conventions as attainable.
To individuals who aren’t accustomed to the world of cosplay: Sure, it’s quick for “costume play,” individuals who costume up as characters from popular culture—films, video video games, comedian books, and elsewhere. It’s a solution to specific creativity, boast fandom and have enjoyable, abruptly. Justin describes it as the prospect to have fun Halloween every single day of the 12 months: “Cosplay is the prospect to showcase your love of a present or recreation and step out of your pores and skin to be another person,” he says.
The Webbs have dressed as a wide range of characters at cosplay conventions and their VW bus is at all times a scorching commodity. Decked out with magnet decals that may be peeled on and off simply, their Volkswagen van is a duplicate evacuation shuttle from a preferred collection of video video games set in a post-apocalyptic future. “It’s bought actually cool memorabilia and other people can come sit inside and test it out. Individuals assume it’s superior,” says Justin.
“The van actually matches the form of the one from the sport,” says Justin. “I like the liberty the apocalypse provides to the folks within the recreation. You step out right into a wasteland with all new folks surviving and constructing new cities. It’s all about exploration, and the van, outdoors of the sport, provides the identical factor—exploration and freedom.”
The van can be outfitted with photo voltaic panels, a photo voltaic bathe, wooden flooring and an awning that Justin has constructed himself.
“Each spare dime went into this van. We’d have misplaced quite a lot of facilities transferring into it, however we gained quite a lot of freedom,” says Justin.
Whereas their mates have been jealous of their journey, Justin admits his household thought he and Megan have been nuts, and apprehensive about their funds. However because of the van’s cosplay theme, Justin and Megan are sometimes invited to conventions and paid to attend.
On the street, Justin and Megan get pleasure from all of the honks and thumbs ups from different drivers, however typically want getting fuel could possibly be faster. They’re typically stopped by different clients asking in regards to the van and desirous to take footage. When Justin and Megan need to drive in peace, they merely take the magnets off.
Justin and Megan plan to dwell within the van for at least one 12 months, visiting all 50 states, Canada and Peru. They hope the journey lasts longer although, they usually plan to maintain going so long as they proceed to obtain sponsorships. Due to Megan’s German heritage, their finish purpose is in the end to take the van to Germany. They’re at present within the means of studying German, to study to learn the unique proprietor’s handbook.
Within the meantime, Justin is most wanting ahead to visiting Anchorage, Alaska to see the Northern Lights, whereas Megan is most excited to go to the entire Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.
“That’s what the Volkswagen bus means to us,” stated Justin. “We are able to discover ourselves and the world that was given to us.”