Spending your holiday on the open road in a campervan is some of the most fun you can have. In fact, the Australian love of campervans has actually spread to far-flung places like the United States; that’s how much fun they are. They’re cheaper than hotels, and they also offer you a great level of freedom. You don’t have to worry about check-in times or check-out times. You stay anywhere that allows overnight parking. Or, if you’re with a group, you can just drive through the night, taking shifts at the wheel. You’ll get where you need to go faster and cheaper. Cheaper is not free, though. There are some considerations you need to make so you can budget appropriately.
The Cost of the Rental
Campervan rentals in Australia are very affordable ways to explore the country. They’re going to comprise the bulk of your expenses when you want to travel around. The price of the rental itself is going to depend on the size of the campervan as well as the number of amenities. Campervans are scaled-down, stripped-down versions of RVs. Therefore, they do not have nearly as many amenities. They cost less than RVs, and because of this, some are quite luxurious. The most economical models don’t even have kitchens or bathrooms. They feature an area for sleeping, a microwave, and maybe a camp toilet. Some of the more advanced and more expensive models feature gas ranges, bathrooms with showers, and multiple sleeping areas.
You should figure out how many people are going with you, since that will indicate how many sleeping areas you need. Also, think about the people who are going with you. Will they need toilets and stovetops, or not? Once you’ve got that figured out, you can choose a campervan that is right for you. Then, you can move on to the next part of planning your holiday.
The Fuel Money
On a long road trip, the money for fuel becomes a serious issue. Luckily, you can look up the kilometres per litre fuel consumption of whichever campervan you intend to hire. From there, you divide the kilometres per litre by the distance of your road trip. That will give you approximately how many kilometres you will need. Then, you can price out the cost of gasoline in various areas of Australia. Multiply the average price of gasoline by the number of litres you will need, and this calculation will give you an approximate amount of money you will need for gas. Then, you can move on to the next line item in your budget.
Figuring out your food budget is a little more difficult than calculating how much money you’ll need for fuel. You should keep a journal of how much food you eat in a normal week. Keep track of how much it costs, as well. You’ll probably eat differently on the road, so the expenses are going to be slightly different, but keeping a food log for a couple of weeks can give you a ballpark figure of how much food will cost.
With the exception of festival tickets, football tickets, or whatever else, these will be the three biggest expenses of your holiday.