Best way to road trip: camper van or motorcycle? | The Tylt
When you take to the open road, every curve, hill and random exit can mean a new discovery. For this reason, some travelers say camper vans are the best road trip vehicle. A van has everything you need from a place to sleep to a place to store your food. Others say motorcycles are the only way to travel. Nothing can replace feeling the wind in your face while seeing the wonders of the country up close. Which road trip vehicle is best?
Best way to road trip: camper van or motorcycle?
The camper van has been through many evolutions, and there is still more to come. Although VW retired its version of the camper van in 2014, other manufacturers are modernizing campers due to consumer need. Mercedes-Benz, for example, just unveiled its own Weekender vehicle, which can sleep up to four people. Per CNN's Peter Valdés-Dapena:
"Pop up campers are iconic and highly functional vehicles," Robert Veit, managing director of Mercedes-Benz USA Vans, said in a statement. "We have known for a long time that this market need was unmet as evidenced by the high demand for aging existing camper vans still on the road."
Love for the camper van is far from over.
All the bells and whistles of the most modern camper van cannot replace the satisfaction that comes from really feeling the experience of traveling. Only motorcycles enable travelers to have all of their senses engaged in the journey itself—from the rain falling down on their shoulders to the smell of the shoreline along the road.
Motorcycles enable travelers to be nimble in their plans. You can take recommendations from the people you meet, check out hidden views and find the best places to eat. Camper vans only weigh you down; motorcycles are the only road trip vehicle worth the price.
The Tylt team was feeling the road trip bug in 2020, and when it comes to the best way to travel, we were firmly #TeamCamperVan. We took our camper van, Guppy, from HQ in New York City all the way to Davenport, Iowa to cover the Iowa caucuses. Along the way, we met activists and community leaders of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the issues that matter most to them. Take a look below: