Lonely Planet Writer

Why this former marine turned male model is taking a European roadtrip

Meet the stunning ex-marine turned male model who left his old regimented life behind in favour of hitting the road in his retro Volkswagen T25 van. Will Gregor (26) grew up in the quaint village of Yealmpton in Devon before spending his early adult years serving in the military as a Royal Marines Commando, where he developed a keen interest in travel.

Will Gregor from Devon. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

“I grew up in a bilingual family as my mother is Spanish whilst my father is from Plymouth, so I’ve always been very open-minded and interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures” he said. “I left home at a fairly young age to join the marines during which has equipped me with a considerable amount of skills which have definitely helped on my travels.”

Will left his old regimented life behind in favour of hitting the road in his retro Volkswagen T25 van. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

Will purchased his own VW in early May for just £1800 and renovated it over the course of six weeks for an additional £500 with some help from his girlfriend’s dad. After taking it on some test runs around Cornwall he then set off for a three-month road trip around Europe.

He developed a keen interest in travel and set about renovating a van. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

“It’s always hard putting something into practice when there are no guidelines, I really wanted a rustic wooden interior but hadn’t come across any T25 done like that so it was all trial and error.”

Will did up the van with the help of his girlfriend’s father. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

“For me there’s nothing more exciting than starting the ignition not having the slightest idea where your next destination is. It’s not all plain sailing though, the van doesn’t have power steering so I’ve ended up exchanging my previous lack of freedom for tendinitis, so everything comes at a price!”

Will’s modelling career isn’t as fulfilling as travelling for him. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

Will now intends to return to his studies at Goldsmiths University of London where he is taking a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. “I’m trying to focus on studying again now and I’m hoping my practical skills I’ve picked up over the last few years tied with the academic skills I’m developing will lead me on to even bigger challenges,” he said.

Will wants to continue his travels. Image by Will Gregor / mediadrumworld.com

“I’ve been modelling on the side regularly for a couple of years now and whilst it’s been a great experience and I’ve met some amazing people it’s not where my heart lies. I want to take the van as far east as I can get it, possibly a transcontinental trip, Europe through Asia. I’d like to use future trips to connect with people from completely different cultures as I’m fascinated in human nature and the attributes that universally unite us. There’s just something wonderful and empowering about hitting the road knowing that anywhere can be home to you.”