Getting Sponsored For Vanlife
#vanlifequestions How did we partner with GoWesty? We reached out to GoWesty almost four years ago, when we began vanlife. We had just started Instagramming and blogging. We saw vanlife as an experiment, an inquiry into the merging of a traditional 9-5 with a nomadic lifestyle. Sharing our story came naturally, as we desired to offer an authentic-as-possible look at life on the road. GoWesty believed in our vision, and our partnership began as the best partnerships do. Slow, steady and a lot of fun. In our contract it was required that we meet Jad the General Manager at a Mexican restaurant for food and beer. We received some discounts on products and lot of good vibes.
A lot has changed since then. We’ve learned that anything is possible, and nothing is guaranteed. We’ve found the importance of community. And now we’re daring to create our dream work. And GoWesty has been right by our side the entire time. One time, after filming the modern nomads web series, we putt-putted across country on almost no engine compression. Boscha died at the exact moment we arrived outside of GoWesty’s garage. Just in time for a full engine replacement. Watch the video below for the story on the breakdown and GoWesty’s work to restore our vanlife dream.
In with the new and out with the old. The reality of owning a 1987 Vanagon is that eventually there comes a time when it needs a heart transplant. This time, for Boscha, is now. GoWesty (@gowestycampers) has long been dedicated to helping keep these old VW’s on the road. Right now, they are literally keeping this dream alive. If it wasn’t for them, we would have to be stationary until we could afford a new engine. Boscha is getting a brand new 2450 CC engine (110 hp and 150 ft. Lbs of torque – maybe we can go up hills in 4th gear now!), a complete cooling system overhaul, and a stainless steel exhaust. #sograteful
We believe in the power of community, the synergy that happens when we align with friends, family, and companies with a shared vision. When we find our tribe. So much more is possible when we are unified and can support each other. We are eternally grateful for GoWesty’s technical innovation and commitment to keeping these vintage vehicles alive. We cannot express enough thanks for their hard work, good parts, and some emotional support that has fueled our longevity on the road. Most of all we are grateful for their friendship. To be honest, it feels like way more than a sponsorship. Every time we visit them for a tune up or a beer, we find ourselves surrounded by warm hearted, van loving human beings. It feels like home.
Tips For Sponsorship For Your Vanlife Project
For those of you looking to collaborate with companies on a project (vanlife or whatever), here are some things we’ve learned.
- More than anything, give from your heart. Be you. The world needs you to dare to make a positive impact in the best way that you can.
- Create killer content. Learn what makes a good photo and caption or video. Speak from your heart. Be consistent.
- Remember we are all artists, storytellers of our lives. Own your creative power in your unique way.
- Clearly define your mission and vision. Companies will be more likely to support you clearly community exactly what you are doing, why, and what they will receive by working with you.
- Don’t let speed bumps keep you down. You may receive more no’s, then yeses. They are learning opportunities. Learn what you need to learn to move forward.
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