Finding where you can camp and park when on the road can be difficult. Sēkr is
on a mission to make it better. Sēkr, previously The Vanlife App, is a free
app making outdoor travel easier, safer and more connected. It's an app and
community for Vanlife, Skoolies, RVs, Roadtrips, Boondo...
NOT WORTH THE HYPE
I’ve been a full time van dweller for 1.5+ years and have used iOverlander, Wikicamps and other apps. This one is by far the least informative, and has so many annoying bugs that force you to force quit the app and restart it. Even in the city, this app is by far the worst source of information. I know for a fact the only spot here in my area that is recommended is NOT allowed for overnight camping . Because there are so few users on the app, it just doesn’t get updated I guess. Even ioverlander is far better, despite lacking the online community aspect. I was excited when I first heard about this app but it seems like the creators have yet to take any feedback into consideration and for that reason, I’ll be deleting it again. Maybe years from now it’ll finally be better - if another app doesn’t catch up and surpass this one first. Needless to say, though it was long awaited, the vanlife app does NOT live up to the hype :(
An App that revolutionizes the nomadic lifestyle
The VanLife App is an incredible tool, taking the most basic travel/camping apps and expanding on them. This isn’t an app to find a campsite, it’s a connection to the nomadic community we love. The ability to connect with others and share experiences on the road is going to change the way we travel. While providing resources like bathroom spots, dump stations, campgrounds, water fills, laundromats and so much more, this app is a one stop shop for anyone on the road. Thanks to the team behind this project for providing us with a tool that we can truly use!
An all in one solution!
Finally, an app that solves the need of connecting with others in their vans. In the past we would miss others in our area because we didn’t know they were there until days later. We can now host events, share our location so that we can join others in our proximity when we want and locate campsites or spots to complete our van chores. This app really feels like it’s invested in the Vanlife community and shares values that will improve all of those that are in it.
So so happy!
I’m so excited to finally be able to download this app! I love being able to store my resources for camping, dumping, finding water, etc. and know that together we are building a platform that helps each other on the road. I love that you get this for free! However, my FAVORITE thing (and WELL worth the upgrade) is the connection I’ve been finding on here. I am solo in my van and was able to immediately connect with two other vanlifers nearby. The community is what makes this life incredible!
If Apple designed an app for nomads
This is like our favorite “overland” app but 10 X better — feature packed, super clean design and intuitive. Everything that you want in one place. The social feature will be a game changer in this space. Living as nomads constantly traveling and moving around it’s super hard to find community. This app is going to help knit people together and make it that much easier for us to connect with one another. Just. Get. Out. There.
I had high hopes, they weren’t met
Map is slow to load and doesn’t work very well. No way to filter locations. The subscription fee of about $35/year seems a bit steep, it is free to use the location finding features but at that point I would stick with one of the other long time standards. When telling people about this app I learned about another up and coming app for RV Boondocking, I am holding out a grain of hope for Vanlife App but will probably use the other app as it is more feature rich with a communal chat and location filtering, all for free with no ads.
Just don’t get it too!
The app is a great idea! Paying or asking what your asking, I don’t see the value. I just went on a 4000 mile trip in our van, your app worked great in the city, but who needs this information in the city? I need this information in the woods, on the side of a mountain in the desert, on the coast at the lakes. Every time I tried it all I see is it spinning looking for a connection. My suggestion get some help with this, it’s a great idea just need some professional help. Looking forward to seeing the next version. Suggest lowering the price, get real.
App won’t load for everyone
I’ve contacted the creator of this app several times explaining that the app doesn’t load for many of us even though we are doing everything correctly. The van life app seems to have their clique and apparently are not interested in fixing the issues (or they may just lack the knowledge to fix the issues) and allow others to enjoy the benefits of this app... surprising considering many of these reviews accused them of taking advantage of the van lifestyle by charging money for free services... it’s too bad these young hipsters driving around in vans are just that...
I was so stoked about this app and it had so much potential had they done it properly. Driving into it the only way you can use the app is if you sign in with Instagram. I was okay with that, but it gets annoying that you have to login every time. I don’t love that you have to pay “premium” to use anything on the app. Doesn’t really fit the mindset of the audience using the app. Everything is blocked off and is pretty useless if you don’t have a subscription. I’ve downloaded the app 5 times now and giving it a new shot hoping for dramatic changes. Nothing changed. There is no depth to the app it’s just four pages and usually there’s only 1-2 other user near you so no one really uses it. I think I’m done with it unless it changes. It’s really disappointing to see an app made to bring together the vanlife community and gatherings be centered around the specks of your van and monetizing the resources.
Just another more expensive copy of whats already out there
The biggest surprise to me was that when searching for other members you couldn’t go to their instagram page to find out a little more about them. You are required to give your instagram when signing up- if this isn’t accessible for other members- why? I was excited for this- thinking it would be a great way to meet other lifers around us, but it just gives a rough mileage from you (no actual general location) and a sparsely filled out(from the members I saw) profile page with a tiny avatar. The legalese says basically anything you put on the site is complete fair game for the developers to use as much or in any way they like. And speaking of content, there was none?! It appears to just be a way to financially support the traveling lifestyle of the developers. I currently don’t see a single thing here worth paying for
Best way to connect with the van community
I’m really excited about this awesome app! We finally have a way to connect with each other, and find the best camping spots! This app is made by Vanlifers for vanlifers, and I can’t wait to see it grow! Also it promotes leave no trace which I think is extremely important. Can’t wait to connect with you all on the app!
Found FreeRoam app instead...
Man, I’m sorry but this is a major disappointment. It was so buggy and useless that I just deleted it from my phone. Also, I find the vanlifers in my area to be a very dangerous feature for a single female traveler. There is no vetting users whatsoever. Anyone can know I am within a few miles of them. Police can use it to track us. Found FreeRoam which is what this app should have been more like. I highly suggest people check that app out. As disappointing as this app is, that one does not disappoint and all of the features are free.
Fantastic All Around
I decided to give the subscription a try and I am SO glad that I did. The map alone (offered in the free version) is amazingly informative and user friendly. On top of that, the social media aspect of it is a super cool feature. We use it all the time to connect with others on the road. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I have been so excited to finally get to use the van life app. I feel like it’s very OVERPRICED. I can’t believe that all this information (places to stay) that can be found for free, is being sold and presented the way it is. I just don’t see the value here... The whole vanlife community is about giving and paying it forward, for other like minded vanlifers. This yearly/monthly subscription does not go along with the whole meaning of Vanlife. We are all connected on Instagram, why not just meet up that way? The whole thing just rubs me the wrong way.
Must sign in with intagram
No instagram account= no entry, therefore I’m out. Maybe that is silly of me, to be this critical, as lots of apps force you to sign in/up for a profile, but was pretty frustrating to get stuck there with no other option than to go to instagram and sign up for an account there. Also, I would prefer to sign up for an instagram account when I actually want one not to gain access to another app that I thought would give me beta on good places to camp on the road- nothing to do with taking pictures!!
Yes. The Vanlife App is quiet safe to use but use with caution. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 187 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 4.6/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for The Vanlife App Is 25.7/100.
Yes. The Vanlife App is legit, but not 100% legit to us. This conclusion was arrived at by running over 187 The Vanlife App User Reviews through our NLP machine learning process to determine if users believe the app is legitimate or not. Based on this, Justuseapp Legitimacy Score for The Vanlife App Is 25.7/100.
The Vanlife App works most of the time. If it is not working for you, we recommend you excersise some patience and retry later or Contact Support.
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