YouTube ‘vanlifer’ Jennelle Eliana blazes trail for solo female travellers

Lo-fi videos about life on the road also fill blindspot travel industry has in catering for women of colour

The YouTube channel of a 21-year-old woman who lives in a van with her pet snake Alfredo is at the centre of a debate about race, travel and gender in the online world.

Jennelle Eliana’s channel, which documents her day-to-day existence as a “vanlifer”, has become an internet phenomenon after gaining 1.9 million subscribers since June.

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YouTube ‘vanlifer’ Jennelle Eliana blazes trail for solo female travellers