Camervan rental offers a fun and affordable way to travel. Although campervan rental is not always cheap, it is certainly more cost-effective than nightly hotel accommodation. Since many people find their 'driving holiday' an additive experience, value-for-money is important. Here are a few tips for getting more value out of your campervan rental … so you can travel more often:
- Rent a fully equipped campervan. Did you realize some campervan hire companies do not include cooking / living accessories as standard? Some rental agencies require you pay extra for bedding, camping gear, cooking utensils and more. When you book your campervan rental, be sure to double-check what's included in the price. Do not be fooled by a cheap price, only to discover too late you do not have essential items. Make sure your van is supplied with everything you need before you book .. As a minimum, you will need cooking utensils, cutlery, pillows and blankets. If you want extras, you can ask about on-board entertainment such as a DVD player.
- Cook your own meals. Most rental campervans come with complete facilities for cooking and cleaning. This typically includes a stove-top and / or microwave. Some campervans also include an onboard refrigerator. Make the most of your campervan by cooking your own meals. If the camping ground allows, light a campfire for a true outdoor holiday experience. Cooking your own meals will save you a significant amount of money compared to dining out. If you plan your meals well, you may also have enough left-overs for an easy lunch the next day. It's a nice idea to gather local produce as you travel and incorporate new tastes into your meals. If your budget allows, it's okay to eat out 2-3 times per week, but if you want value for money, do not dine out every day.
- Take advantage of camp activities. During your trip you will probably spend at least a few nights in a paid camping ground. Depending on where you're staying, you will have a variety of activities available to you. If you stay in a modern holiday village, you may have access to a swimming pool, tennis court or games room. If you stay in a national park bush camp, you will find dedicated walking trails nearby and areas where you can light your own campfire. Rather than rushing around in an attempt to visit every local tourist attraction, why not schedule some 'down time'? Enjoy the facilities already at your fingertips. You'll save money and you'll enjoy the experience.
The best thing about a driving holiday is the flexibility of schedule and destination. You can change your plans at a moment's notice and adjust your holiday activities as your budget allows. If you discover a location you adore, you're free to stay a little longer – thanks to your mobile campervan. No doubt you'll fall in love with the driving holiday lifestyle and want to do it over and over again. If you follow these money-saving tips, you may be lucky enough to afford it.