There is nothing like taking a year off to go travelling on the open road. The people, the sights, the experience, they are all things that you cannot replicate. It is also something everyone should experience before it is too late. Travelling by plane or bus is good, but travelling by car or RV is even better because you get to experience the country first-hand. You can stop off and explore places off the beaten track and see animals and culture that do not exist in the guide books. Plus, you do it surrounded by your friends and like-minded individuals.
Has all this talk got you chomping at the bit to get out onto the open road and explore? Well, before you go, there are some mistakes you want to avoid with regards to renting a campervan. Read on to find out more.
You’ll have the urge to try and fit in every town, city and attraction in the country, but that is the first mistake traveller make. You can travel the entirety of a country or a continent unless you have unlimited time and funds. If you only have seven days to travel from Melbourne to Cairns, for example, you are never going to get back in time. As a result, you will incur penalties and extra charges. Be realistic before you make the purchase and check out the route beforehand.
Campervans are not cheap, and to rent one for a week could cost you hundreds of pounds. Yes, you will save yourself a lot of money on accommodation because you can sleep in your camper. But, there are additional costs that you need to factor into your budget, too, that can raise the price. There is food, drink and fuel, all of which are essential on a road trip across the country. Factor into your budget how long you are going away for and what your needs are campervan wise. That way, you can pick the cheapest and not sacrifice on quality.
Insurance is another add-on, and one that most travellers don’t take seriously. ‘I don’t need insurance because I’m not going to crash and I’m not even from this country, so I can’t get in trouble.’ The latter thought process could not be farther from the truth, and it can get you in a lot of trouble. If you are involved in a crash, you will need the insurance to help you pay the excess charges, both to the other vehicle owner and the motorhome company. There are ways of cutting down the cost of insurance. All you have to do is visit www.motorhomeinsurance.org.uk/motorhome-insurance and check out their tips. A little bit of research could save you a fortune if you are involved in an accident.
Road conditions can make driving in foreign countries extremely difficult. If you are going to a foreign country, their roads might not be as well maintained as yours. Or, they might have restrictions on driving at certain times for you safety. For example, you shouldn’t drive at night in the Outback in Australia because kangaroos are attracted to the lights. If you hit one, you could die. Adhere to the rules and regulations of the road and be wary of the conditions before you set off.
Renting a camper can be an amazing experience, as long as you take the process seriously from the beginning.