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Matt & Josh: The Van With No Plan

How it all started

Were brothers! -same mom same dad, always have been :)
We were raised by a single mother all our life and we love her to death. Josh was born in Carmichael California and I was born in Amarillo Texas. 
After living in California for 3 years we moved to Colorado for 4.i I don't remember much of this other than snippets of our home in Colorado. After leaving Colorado we moved to Butte Montana to be closer to our grandparents and thats where we called home for 10 cold years. so when people ask we just say we're from Montana, its easier that way. 

Neither me or Josh finished school in the traditional way. Josh went to job corps at a young age and got a degree in facilities maintenance. and for me, when i was 15 i got sent to a National Guard boot-camp and obtained by GED there and was out of school by 16. When i was 17 i moved to California with Josh and we worked a bunch of different sales jobs including door to door and mall kiosk jobs. we are very sociable. We then worked for 3 different windshield repair companies before finding an investor and starting our own at a young age. We then ran it for a good year and even bought a van to start transporting our employees. which is where our first van came from right there. We slept comfortably in it one night and sat around a campfire with ideas of repairing windshields on the road at Wal Marts and stuff to keep traveling. 22 weeks later our apartment was cleaned out and our stuff sold. i didnt think we would be gone 3 months let alone 3 years now. Having not done a windshield repair in about a year other than for van travelers we meet, we can happily say that we have supported ourselves off of odd=jobs and we enjoy them more.

The Plan? what plan?
the experiences, irreplaceable. 
the people, life changing. 
and the stories, endless.

Where are they at now?

Were currently around Sacramento working for a guy named Byron that we met at a music festival in Placerville Ca. doing things like helping him move and paint his new place. we told him if he can keep us busy for a week we would stay because we were itching to and set on heading to the Oregon coast. We are kind of in the midst of doing a big thing that were excited to announce soon but cant really give the details so, keep an eye out for that :)
Other than current situations we were just on the east coast about 3 weeks ago. we found plenty of work in Conneticut that kept us busy and even crossed something off the bucket list and saw a live taping of the Jerry Springer show. Other than that we just skated a lot of different skate parks, fished a lot of different places and just soaked in the vibes that the East Coast had to offer, but the west coast is the best coast and we couldn't wait to get back. the only reason we were near New York is because we did a long boarding trip, which a lot know about, but we had 4 people join us in the US as we skateboarded 50 miles a day for 3 months from Los Angeles to New York. we raised 6 thousand dollars for the Teenage Cancer Trust on the duration of the trip, and even filmed it to be released as a documentary early next year. you can read more about that trip and see more pics which you're welcome to use on my blog www.myroamingstory.blogspot.com

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Mikel & Lauranne: Campy Camper Biarritz

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Campy Camper is a camper van rental company based in Biarritz, France. Created by two friends, this company was started through the love of van life adventures. The brand truly represents an adventurous lifestyle and an appreciation for enjoying this beautiful world we live in. We love their vans, it makes us want to plan a ROAR road trip through Europe.  

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ROAR: How did Campy Camper come about? Who was involved in starting this company?

CAMPY CAMPER: Campy Camper is the idea of two friends, after a road trip all around Australia and experimenting the camper van life. The concept of van life is not well developed and known in France, so we decided to create our own company and offer the opportunity of going on road trips from Biarritz, SW of France to anywhere you desire in Europe. 

ROAR: What is the purpose and mission of Campy Camper?

CAMPY CAMPER: Our main purpose is to allow travellers to discover our region and Europe differently. We really enjoyed our road trip experience in Australia and wanted others to share in the joys of van living. To ensure security, comfort, and efficiency we decided to use brand new Nissan Primastars for our Campy Camper vans and set them up with good equipment such as lights, water pump, electricity and a fridge. To give the authentic touch, we designed the inside of the van similarly to the vintage VW Combi.

ROAR: Can you share some highlights of Campy Camper so far?

CAMPY CAMPER: Created in April 2012, we have been experiencing some very exciting moments such as surf contests, where we have been partners for the events with other brands (clothes and beer).

Also our client’s stories are always really funny and enjoyable to listen to. 

ROAR: What is it like running a business in Europe? What are some fun things about owning a camper van business?

CAMPY CAMPER: I think that for this kind of business it’s really fascinating because it's pretty new in Europe and especially in France compared to the other continents like Australia or America. It was challenging in the beginning as everything was new to us, setting up a business can be hard at times. It took a lot of time, but now that we are here and getting more well known it’s going great.

Getting people to understand our concept, the advantage of van life freedom, is the best part. But as this is not their usual way of travelling it's sometimes hard to explain how amazing camping in a van can be. However, once they try it, they love it and this is our best satisfaction.

The good thing about running Campy Camper, is the atmosphere that we create around our brand and the partners that we attract, and the exciting work that we can do with them (sport, art, fashion). Creativity is amazing and rewarding thing.

ROAR: How can people get in contact with Campy Campers and be a part of your fantastic company?

CAMPY CAMPER: We have a blog where we like to share adventures, road trip stories and our lifestyle.

You can contact us by email at contact@campycamper.com or by our social networks http://bit.ly/FacebookCampy http://bit.ly/campytwitter http://bit.ly/campyvimeo http://bit.ly/campypinterest http://bit.ly/campytumblr instagram @campy_camper

ROAR: What are some exciting things happening for Campy Campers in the future?

CAMPY CAMPER: We are consistently growing in popularity in Biarritz and we look forward to more growth in some other big cities in france next, and hopefully in Europe too. 

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