California Dreaming! Tour California in real style with your very own authentic VW camper.

May 08, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News

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The husband and wife team of Bill and Diane Staggs saw a niche for a more relaxed and less harried way of taking a holiday. Vintage Surfari Wagons is an Orange County, California based venture whose vision is to offer a very distinct experience to their clients.

Bill is a VW fan and surfer who has owned and driven VW buses for decades, and has come to appreciate the slower and oft times more relational mode of travel the VW camper bus proves to be.

The ubiquitous bus blends in with the local populace far better than a typical rental car, and other VW bus owner/drivers are instant long lost friends. All this makes the "bus" experience unique and most enjoyable!

He relates how where ever he goes, he meets other folks in similar VW's as well as many others who have fond memories to share of their past when they or their parents owned and travelled in these singular vehicles.

"People are always waving at us from their VW's, and when I pull into a surf spot, there is instant acceptance as a cognoscenti. Even young kids who didn't grow up in the "hippie" days know they're cool,” Say's Bill.

“I have had the most interesting conversations with folks that can't seem to hold back the flood of memories they have from their times in one of these buses. I really love going travelling or camping in mine, mostly because I am always surprised at who or what I may encounter. We got thinking that there might be others who would like to experience some of the same things we do."

The layout of the VW factory installed campers is well thought out, with lots of storage, room to sleep four people, and amenities such as propane range and dual power fridge, among other features.

Fuel economy is very good compared to RVs; a 20-mpg average is common (remember petrol prices are cheaper in the U.S too). These vans are easy to drive and gracefully fit into even the smallest camp spots.

Granted, speed is not the bus's forté, a more leisurely pace being a more normal pace. However this gives the traveller more time to appreciate the unique, varied, and extremely beautiful Southern California scenery as it passes serenely by your windows.

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Plus, one can simply pull off almost anywhere and set up "camp" simply by opening the large side sliding door.

All this said, Diane tells us that their target market is really folks world wide

"We are interested in catering to a select and really special segment of people from all over the world, who seek a travel experience that is at once unique as well as familiar” says Diane. “As I've travelled with my husband in our bus, it never ceases to amaze me how friendly, helpful and down to earth "Bus People" are. I look forward to travel in ours as much for the new relationships we'll make as for the places we're visiting."

Vintage Surfari Wagons offers its clientele a host of services. Simply rent a Bus, or have them customise your experience with full itineraries that can include campground reservations, event reservations, sports equipment, lessons and instruction - you name it. Just ask them and they'll do their utmost to provide what you want!

If you’ve always dreamed of living the life of a Californian surfer, albeit for just a week or two, there’s no better way to explore this fascinating area.

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