Hello! My name is Bert, and I grew up in beautiful Southern California. I travel in a custom-built Ford Transit 250 van that I’ve dubbed “Ernie.” Like most van lifers, I grew weary of the 9–5 routine and wanted to travel to experience what the nation offers. From Canada to Baja, I’ve mostly traveled up and down the West Coast, experiencing amazing adventures and meeting some of the most incredible people. My experiences are shared on SoCalVanLife.com, where I assist other van lifers and travelers in finding the best excursions in Southern California and around our great nation. 

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Bridge to Nowhere

Hiking to the Bridge to Nowhere is a fantastic option for van or RV nomads wishing to get out of the city and see a genuinely one-of-a-kind Los Angeles landmark

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Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks is located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and feature spectacular rock formations and a seasonal stream. The park is a popular hiking, picnicking, and horseback

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Avila Sea Caves

Avila Sea Caves is located south of Avril Beach and is a wonderful place to park your van and spend the day exploring Pirates Beach and the sea caves. The

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Imperial Sand Dunes

The Imperial Sand Dunes, or Glamis, as the locals call it, is worth a visit for any van or RV nomad looking to explore one of SoCal’s greatest natural attractions.

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