Travel Tips

5 Travel Tips from the Hasta Alaska Team

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“The Hasta Alaska project was conceived in Chile, the idea – to buy, build and share the greatest roadtripping vehicle in history, the VW Kombi Bus.”

“Following the couchsurfing concept, we are driving the Americas all the way to Alaska! We are taking up to 10 adventurous people at a time with us and sleeping bathing and cooking wherever it is possible.

We’ve already rebuilt the engine 9 times, broken down on an erupting volcano, traversed the mighty Andes (several times), witnessed a murder, crashed into a bus, been stuck in a Bolivian river, trekked the Amazon with 20 indigenous kids and picked up a couple of pet chickens and Peruvian puppy.

We´re documenting the whole process so you can see exactly what it is like living in a VW Kombi in some of the most dangerous places on earth.” is a rich resource for any adventurer traveler on a budget. We recommend checking it out!



1. On Living Frugally

We never stay in campsites or pay to park.  We shower where the locals do in lakes, rivers, waterfalls and if all else fails, in the ocean. We never charge other people to stay with us; our hammocks, tents and bed are for sharing.


2. On Shooting

A good budget HD camera is the Canon Powershot series.  Nowadays we film with a GoPro Hero2 and a Sony NEX 5N and we use Adobe Premier Pro CS6 for the editing .


3. On Van Camping

Most people advise against parking in isolated spots due to crime, but they often give us the most beautiful and memorable mornings and we love waking up to a champagne view on a lemonade budget!


4. On Crime and Security

Commonsense is your best friend here.  Keep everything out of sight when you are away from home, keep everything in-sight when you are at home.  Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t step away without locking up.  We have a security box  for money and passports, secret stash places for larger valuables and a home-made  engine cut-off switch for the absolute worst case scenario.


5. On Navigating

Usually through word of mouth or speaking to locals and other tourists.  We’ve had the occasional guidebook or picked up a free tourist map at the border (not always available).  In the absence of a map we just use a compass or the sun.  Signposts are often either non-existent or unreliable in the Latino world. When we are hunting for surf we use Wannasurf for the free surf spot guides,googlemaps to find secret spots and Magic Seaweed for the swell report.