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Hiring a campervan for $1 a day?! Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not and I’m going to tell you how it can be done.
As many of you know, I spent the month of January travelling around Australia. I started in Sydney, flew to Cairns and the plan from there was to book a flight down to Melbourne for a few days and onwards to Adelaide.
We left our schedule pretty flexible from Cairns onwards, as our plans weren’t set in stone and, with it being summertime (typhoon season in Queensland), we weren’t sure how the weather would treat us. So, with no return flights booked, we left our schedule open to spontaneity.
And it’s a good job we did. The day before I flew to Cairns, we stumbled across a website called www.coseats.com which offers thousands of relocation campervans across Australia.
If you’ve never heard of relocation campervans, it’s a van that has been driven in one direction from one city to another, in our case from Sydney to Cairns. The van is left by its previous occupants in said city, which means the company has to return it themselves.
Rather than sending a member of staff to drive the van home, the company offers the campervan to travellers at a seriously reduced price, often as low as $1 a day. If you’re lucky, they may even throw in fuel allowance! The only catch…you have a set period of time to complete the journey in. If you miss the deadline, you will have a hefty fine to pay (often in the region of $1000!!!!)
The relocation deal we found included…
- driving a campervan from Cairns to Sydney (2,605 km if you take the coast road)
- $5 a day campervan hire
- $100 fuel allowance
- Six days to complete the journey
Yes, that’s right…six days to drive 2,605 km. That’s approximately six hours driving for six days in a row. I know it sounds like a lot, but with only four weeks in Australia, this was our only chance to drive the east coast from Cairns to Sydney, so we snapped up the opportunity.
After four days exploring Cairns, we collected our campervan and hit the road. With no plans for where to stop, eat or sleep along the way, we left everything to chance and let the journey unfold. Sometimes we can be so eager to see and do everything, we plan our every waking minute to fine detail. But having no set plans and just going with the flow is sometimes the best way.
And I’ll talk more about this in the next post…
To be continued…
So, that’s how we did it! Have you ever managed to nab an awesome campervan deal? Or any other travel related deal for that matter?