Intelligent, good looking, ex-army and with a lust for adventure to boot – meet the real life Prince Charming.
Will Gregor is an ex-marine turned model who quit his regimented military life in favour of the freedom to explore the world in a stunningly renovated Volkswagen T25 campervan.
The 26-year-old from Devon served as a Royal Marines Commando in early adulthood, which sparked his interest in travel.
Will Gregor from Devon is a former Marine Commando who quit the forces and has just returned from a three month trip around Europe in his stunningly renovated VW campervan
Will bought his VW campervan for £1,800 and set about renovating it with wood panelling and an abundance of soft furnishings
Room with a view: Will’s serene lifestyle in his van is world’s apart from his time as a Marine Commando
The 26-year-old from Devon says his life in the military helped develop his interest in travel and other cultures and customs
After taking his van on some test runs around Cornwall Will Gregor set off for a three-month road trip around Europe
Will purchased his own VW in early May for just £1,800 and renovated it over the course of six weeks for an additional £500.
After taking it on some test runs around Cornwall he then set off for a three-month road trip around Europe.
‘£1,800 was a complete bargain and even the renovation was done relatively cheap as we did it primarily with pallet wood,’ he said.
‘It was challenging but I was lucky to have a lot of help from my girlfriend’s dad.
The freedom of life on the road is a far cry from the restrictions of army life. Will (centre) is pictured in his uniform
Will sits in the back of his campervan ahead of refurbishment (left). Will stops for a spot of reading on his travels in Europe (right)
‘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 vans done like that so it was all trial and error.
‘After taking it round Cornwall I went to Europe for three months which was amazing, the best thing about it is being able to abolish normality.
‘The locations are great but it’s the feeling of freedom that makes this kind of lifestyle stand out for me.
Will on duty as a Royal Marines Commando before he left to pursue his love of travel and study
The model and student admitted that his adventures in his van have not all been plain sailing, explaining that his van does not have power steering resulting in tendinitis
‘That might have something to do with the rigidity of being in the forces but 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 grew up in the quaint village of Yealmpton in Devon, in a bilingual family.
Will now works as a model, although he admits ‘it’s not where my heart lies’
His modelling work has also enabled Will to travel and meet some ‘amazing’ people
‘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,’ says Will (pictured, left, on his travels)
‘My mother is Spanish while my father is from Plymouth, so I’ve always been very open-minded and interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures’ he said.
‘My parents were actually the main inspiration for me buying the van, when me and my twin sister were younger our parents owned two VW vans themselves, so I’ve got a lot of good memories stored away about the lifestyle and places we visited.
‘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.
‘There’s just something wonderful and empowering about hitting the road knowing that anywhere can be home to you,’ says Will, post surfing (left) and in the front of his VW van (right)
Thirsty work: it took six weeks and £500 for Will to renovate his van
‘Those kinds of experiences have a big impact on you and the lessons I learned during that time will stay with me for the rest of my life.’
Will now intends to return to his studies at Goldsmiths University of London where he is taking a degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
And he’ll be a busy man, balancing his studies alongside his successful modelling career, all while planning his next trip in his beloved van.
‘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 hopes to fuse his degree with his love of travel in the campervan by making a documentary while on the road: ‘I’d like to use future trips to connect with people from completely different cultures’
Will wants to take his van as far East as he can get it: ‘Possibly a transcontinental trip, Europe through Asia’
‘I’ve been modelling on the side regularly for a couple of years now, working with different clients around the country 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’m hoping to do some extensive writing along the way and possibly even make a documentary related to my degree.
‘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.’