When you go backpacking in Australia or New Zealand, you’ll quickly realise that you really need to travel in your own vehicle to be able to visit all the places you want to. And while having a car is definitely handy, travelling in a campervan will give you so much more freedom, not to mention saving you money. Here are 9 reasons why you should go for it!
You have complete freedom
When traveling in a van in Australia, you don’t need to answer to anyone or anything. If you end up somewhere you don’t like, you can just move on to the next place – without the worry of losing money on pre-booked accommodation. You can play your own tunes, and take breaks from driving whenever you like. Download your free Australia Backpackers Guide and hit the open road!
You have beautiful bedroom views
When you’re in a van, you can enjoy a room with a view every night – so the first thing you see when you wake up is white sand and crashing waves, instead of a stranger snoring in the bed across from you in the hostel dorm.
You save money on accommodation
Caravan parks are definitely more affordable than hostels and hotels, especially if you book well in advance – and besides, who needs to stay in a caravan park every night?
You get to know the locals and the countryside
If you only hang out with other backpackers in hostels in Sydney or Melbourne, you hardly get to know the real Australia at all. Get into your campervan and out of the city, where you can explore Australia outside the typical tourist spots and get to know some locals.
You’re part of a community
When you’re travelling in a van, you meet a different kind of breed: the camper community. Everyone is welcome and you make friends in the blink of eye, who can share valuable travel tips and advice.
There is no time pressure
In a van, if you find somewhere you love, you can spend a little longer there before moving on. There are no timetables, no itineraries, no rush. You set the pace!
You can surprise yourself
In a van, sometimes things can go wrong. A breakdown in the middle of nowhere, an empty petrol tank, a minor accident…you name it. At home you might call your parents, but in Australia you kind of have to figure it out on your own. These challenges help you grow – and don’t worry, there’s always a solution!
It’s easier to pack
If you’re travelling Australia by bus, you have to be pretty picky with what you can bring with you – after all, you don’t want to be carrying a mountain of stuff around on your back or dragging a huge suitcase. In a van, you can bring a bit more with you if you want to. You also don’t have the hassle of packing and unpacking your bag every time you move to a new hostel!
You can truly be at one with nature
When you travel with a tour group, often you can’t even get a picture without ten other people standing there blocking the view. When you set your own agenda, you can avoid the crowds and really be at one with nature as you explore national parks, secret beaches and tranquil lakes without another person in sight.
Campervan rentals and price comparison
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