Roadtrippin Magazine

Roadtrippin Magazine reports on roadtrippin lifestyle and culture, where roadtrippin intersects with the environment, design, fashion, music, movies, art and architecture and celebrities.

Billabong's Summer 08 Roadtrippin Collection

The proper clothes to pack for a road trip is always a vexing question.

Typically, for our roadtrips, we cram far too many clothes in the far too small cupboards and drawers of our VW van, and then only wear a fraction of them.

The European division of Billabong is hoping to make the roadtrip wardrobe choice a little easier this summer. At least for teenage girls and still styling older women.

They have introduced a "Roadtrippin Summer 2008, limited edition" collection.

Launched via the "Billabong Girls Blog for Europe" in early April, the collection includes everything from bikinis to hats to beach bags.  continue reading... »

Skillet Serves Streetfood From An Airstream

Originally manufactured to facilitate the roadtrippin experience, Airstream trailers have, over time, come to serve many purposes for many people.

In Seattle, a 1962 Airstream trailer is the home of a roving restaurant that is receiving national acclaim. Last week, the USA Today profiled Skillet) under the headline: "10 great places to flag down a fabulous feast".

The traveling kitchen had previously received favourable country-wide coverage in TIME and Sunset magazines.  continue reading... »

Could Your Camper Van Become A Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

If things unfold according to plan, Ulrik Poulsen and the rest of the team at Poulsen Hybrid, Inc. will, in Fall 2008, take a key baby step in keeping the roadtrippin dream alive in our new low-carbon reality.

That is when the Shelton, Connecticut based company intends to start selling an after-market kit that can convert any vehicle into a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

While the kit can be used on "any traditional automobile, wheel size 15” or larger, including front drive, rear drive, all wheel drive, any fuel, and hybrids", the company notes that the first generation system is designed primarily for compact cars and light mid-size sedans.  continue reading... »

Ewan McGregor's "Long Way Round" Road Trip

Ewan McGregor didn't need to go on a 20,000 mile road trip to become famous.

Before setting off from London in April 2004 with his buddy and fellow actor, Charley Boorman, the Scottish actor had already starred in high-powered movies like Trainspotting (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).

But five months before leaving on the road trip, McGregor and Boorman formed a company - Long Way Round Limited (LWR) - with two additional friends to organize the trip logistics, and to produce the T-shirts, book, DVD, CD and six-part television documentary that was to follow.  continue reading... »

The "Westfalia VERDIER Solar Power" Van


Montreal industrial design company, VERDIER Light Caravaning, has designed a revolutionary Westfalia Bus that is powered by green energy.

Labeled the "Westfalia VERDIER Solar Power", the van has a hybrid engine that runs on fuel and electricity. It also has solar panels on the roof that provide electricity to the on-board accessories when the vehicle is stationary.

According to its website, the company "has set for itself the goal of enhancing the field of the light recreational vehicle" and, along with being powered by green energy, the "Westfalia VERDIER Solar Power" Bus has several new design features that make it sleeker and more livable,  continue reading... »