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City life can be suffocating and after working hard this year I was ready for an adventure. My boyfriend Daniel convinced me to go out of my comfort zone for a week long trip on Tenerife Island (the largest of the seven Canary Islands in Spain). 

I must admit that I was initially hesitant when he first suggested that we rent a campervan instead of staying at a hotel. However, I’m glad I decided to throw caution to the wind because our Tenerife adventure was definitely an unforgettable one.

I had the false impression that the campervan would be an eyesore, but I was pleasantly surprised by how cool the VW T3 actually looked! It made me feel like we were in a Wes Anderson movie. The VW T3 was like the third character in our road trip movie — full of personality.

I usually associate being out in nature with being dirty. Being able to shower in the campervan was a game changer! I’d never felt so clean in the middle of nowhere before.

As much as I wanted to disconnect from the world it was very useful that the campervan had an outlet to charge my phone so I could occasionally check in with my family.

Sleeping in the campervan was comfortable and safe. We had good weather throughout the trip and a blanket was sufficient.

It was so freeing to not have to worry about check-out times and schedules. Not only were we saving beaucoup bucks by renting the campervan and not staying at a hotel but we also had the freedom to explore the island at our own pace. 

I realized how regulated life in the city is. For good reason, I suppose. But to experience the liberation of driving to any spot we wanted to find the perfect view and spending the night there was life-changing. 

The campervan had an Italian coffee maker so not only were we able to get a good night’s sleep but I would wake up to the delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee. Daniel is an early riser and would put the coffee on before going on a morning stroll while I slept in. Yes, I’m very lucky. 

Tenerife itself was incredibly beautiful! Here are the highlights of our favorite road trip routes around the island:

  1. Mount Teide. The presence of an active volcano is an energizing experience! We parked our campervan and decided to take a stroll up to enjoy the panoramic views at the summit. We got the chance to walk right up to the volcano’s edge and the sight of lava formations was rather surreal. 
  2. Las Montanas de Anaga. We started at a local cafe that served some great food. Indulged in real Iberico ham and crisp, refreshing wine to go with it. We decided to walk it off after with a short hike and was pleasantly surprised – the landscape was mind-blowing! The hike through the ancient forest was a little challenging but the views were completely worth it. 
  3. Masca. This valley was like a movie scene! Driving through the hilly terrains, we were in awe of the never-ending view of vertical cliffs. The road was a bit precarious but it was all part of the fun. Arriving at the quaint and small village was like entering a different world, it was so picturesque.

Overall, our trip to Tenerife was a memorable adventure. The comfort and freedom of the campervan experience can not be surpassed and I cannot recommend it more!

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