So often I hear people talk of how lucky we are to be caravanning. From a health perspective yes, we are lucky, very lucky. But from the financial perspective, well that is altogether different. From personal experience we’ve found that once you have the rig (van and tow vehicle) that suits your budget and needs, then life is cheaper on the road. “What about the fuel?” I hear you say.
Keep your hair on! We all bemoan the price of fuel at some time or another but if you travel a little slower you will spread out your fuel costs. There is an added advantage to travelling slower and that is that you will get the opportunity to explore the smaller towns and their outlying areas. Those places that you used to race through when you were workers on holidays, well you’re not on holidays now, you’re retired and that means that you’ve got all the time in the world.
“And what about those expensive caravan parks?”
Well they’re a helluva lot cheaper than a hotel, a motel or even a caravan park cabin. The most that we’ve paid for a caravan park is $50 per night and before you have conniptions, it was at The Bungle Bungles and considering the fact that we were 2845kms from Perth, 1190kms from Darwin and heaven knows how far we were from Sydney, then I don’t blame them for charging a little more. In fact I thought it was good value for the invigorating open air showers alone.
We tend to mix our trips up a bit and stay at caravan parks, free camps, National Parks, Farm Stays and Showgrounds whichever has the most appeal in an area. With all of that in mind I did a tally of our travel costs since we’ve been caravanning and come up with:
440 nights, 65700kms
Average fuel per km $0.198
Average fuel per day $30.40
Average accommodation per night $20.12
Don’t forget, with a caravan you don’t have air fares, hotels, taxis or car hire and most importantly eating out is an option not a necessity.