Skip to main content

Could This Remodeled School Bus be the Skoolie Adventure of Your Dreams?

Thanks to the pandemic, American travelers are more stir-crazy now than ever. Many are looking to creative outlets to get their travel fix, which is why everything from camping to road-tripping is on the rise. If you’ve been itching to escape to the open road, but vanlifing isn’t quite your speed, a “skoolie” might be just what you need. One Vegas-based company has joined the movement by converting disused school buses into modern, Instagram-worthy adventure rigs.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Mybushotel is taking vanlifing to the next level. Instead of repurposing ordinary work vans, the company revives iconic, glossy yellow school buses into beautiful homes on wheels. From the outside, the bones of each Mybushotel bus are instantly recognizable, except for a bold coat of fresh paint and solar panels on the roof. Inside, however, each bus becomes something entirely different. “Every square inch of the skoolies we build is up to convenience, comfort, functionality, and aestheticism,” the company touts on its website. Every model is gutted down to the raw metal, then built back up with the help of interior designers, cabinetmakers, metalworkers, and professional artisans. The result is a bright, modern space awash in rich hardwoods, plush upholstery, and high-end fixtures. Plus, every model retains most of the original skylights and rows of windows lining both sides of the bus.

Each bus in Mybushotel’s lineup — all with names like Leon, Natasha, and Marius — is designed for full-time living. A dining area near the front offers seating for up to four. The adjacent kitchenette provides all the essentials to cook for an entire family, including a cooktop, a compact fridge, and a sink with running water. Ample cabinetry and counter space allow for storage and food prep on the go. In the middle of each bus is a complete wet bath with a working toilet and a stand-up shower. At the rear lies the bedroom which, depending on the specific model, accommodates two in a full-sized bed or an entire family in stacked bunks.

The concept of the skoolie dates back to at least the 1960s. Repurposing old school buses makes economical and environmental sense. By most estimates, 500,000 school buses are currently in service in the U.S. After a relatively short life, most are cannibalized for parts or left to rust in a junkyard. With a little creativity and mechanical know-how, it’s possible to bring them back to life for at least another 100,000 miles.

Mybushotel’s entry-level Natasha is priced at $45,000, while other models top $60,000. For customers with something more specific in mind, the company also offers custom builds. While they aren’t exactly cheap, they’re more affordable than most comparable RVs. Plus, they’re guaranteed to look unlike anything else on the road or at the campground. Anyone interested in trying before they buy can opt to rent a Mybushotel from the company’s Vegas office.

If the vanlife is more your speed, check out Ready Set Van’s off-grid-ready electric campervans.

Editors' Recommendations

Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
Cabana Camper Vans Teams Up with Eddie Bauer for the Ultimate Adventure
Cabana Vans and Eddie Bauer.

Looking for adventure made simple? Cabana is the solution. Cabana offers a new experience for travelers: luxury comfort and the freedom of mobility. The company has designed and built a fleet of upscale custom-made mobile hotel rooms to give travelers the freedom to travel and sleep where they want and when they want. Cabana’s tech-enabled lodging combined with personalized trip planning provides flexible, convenient travel so that guests can focus on the journey and the people they are with.
Cabana Camper Vans x Eddie Bauer

Cabana camper van rental company and iconic outdoor brand, Eddie Bauer, have partnered to provide a unique experience to explore the Pacific Northwest. The collaboration features an Eddie Bauer takeover of five Cabanas, outfitted with Eddie Bauer bedding, gear and accessories. Through the partnership, Cabana guests can also rent gear from Eddie Bauer, to make sure they have the technical apparel and gear for their adventures. Cabana’s efficient design allows for three to five days off-grid without maintenance and via Eddie Bauer's Rental program, customers will have access to technical apparel and gear at affordable prices.
Every Eddie Bauer Cabana is decked out with:
• Eddie Bauer Bedding (including Eddie Bauer’s softest Oversized Down Throw)
• Linens
• Cozy Blankets
• Camping Lantern
• Stanley French Press
• Adventure Mugs
• Portable Cornhole
• Ringtoss
• Camp Table
• Tote

Read more
Lost Sierra Route Could Be Your Next Epic Long-distance Hike
Mountain bikers riding the trails along California's future Lost Sierra Route.

There are hikes, and then there are hikes. Most outdoorsmen will never tackle a hardcore long-distance hike like the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail in their lifetime. They require intense planning, the best thru-hiking gear, superhuman training, and six months or more for the hike itself. But, what if there were a trail that split the difference between an average day hike and an epic, need-to-quit-my-day-job-first thru-hike? Enter the Lost Sierra Route.

The proposed 600-mile path follows the coastline and mountain ridges that connect more than a dozen communities. Starting from Truckee, California -- a blip of a town just northwest of Lake Tahoe -- the Lost Sierra Route will carve a single-track, multi-use trail dotted with some of the Northwest’s most breathtaking scenery all the way to Reno, Nevada. It’s an impossibly beautiful region full of lush valleys, jagged peaks, high alpine lakes, and historic ghost towns. Soon, it will all be open to hikers, bikers, horseback riders, trail runners, fishermen, hunters, and more.

Read more
Curated Travel With Origin Takes Planning Out of Your Hands
Origin screenshot 'Spring Break in Mexico'

Founded in 2019, the Origin curated travel experience just got a big boost -- $5 million in seed funding from Project A and Cavalry Ventures.

The membership travel company offers an app that links members to curated travel experiences to destinations around the world. The Origin personal travel assistant service creates individualized, customizable trips while taking the hassle of planning out of travelers’ hands. This is the first half of Origin’s mission: To help people save precious time in planning their next adventure. Origin also aims to deepen these experiences through personalization and unparalleled connections.

Read more