10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Caravanning Holiday. From petrol to food, maintenance, water and more, expenses can pile up quickly when caravanning across Australia. To prevent any unexpected surprises, we’ve complied 10 of the biggest expenses and how to avoid them.
On a caravanning holiday, one of your biggest expenses is fuel. However, by simply planning your itinerary carefully, you can dramatically cut this expense. Simply be aware of where you’re heading and plan the quickest route between destinations.
Selecting an insurance policy that guarantees the safety of your family and rig is an absolute must. There is no one-size-fits-all caravan insurance. So, ensure you choose the right coverage level for your needs, as the right policy will save you money in the long term.
If you’re planning a long holiday, food can be one of your greatest expenses. Fortunately, there are simple ways to cut down your food budget. Before you leave, sit down with the family to plan meals in advance. Always pack extra food to cut down on your takeaway budget. You can also keep your budget in check by cooking no more than you’ll need each day.
If you’ve been holidaying in your caravan for a while, you’ll notice how quickly electricity costs can pile up. To avoid power bill shock, maintain fair power consumption across all appliances.
Avoid using power-hungry appliances – such as the TV, fridge and microwave for long periods. Also, opting for alternative forms of electricity, such as solar power, can lead to significant savings.
If you’re travelling around Australia, renting out camping space in each town is a massive expense. To avoid this cost, do some planning, and find free camping spaces. The only problem is, most free camp spots are remote, so you will not be as close to tourist hotspots.
Are you planning a long family holiday? A fantastic way to save money is by taking up a seasonal or temporary job. For instance, you could take care of a caravan park during off-season or supervise a countryside farm.
And, as most seasonal work comes with free camping space, you can double your savings.
You can dramatically reduce camping charges by staying at caravan parks during off-peak times. Travelling during these quiet times will also prevent the hassle of hunting down the perfect camping spot.
On the road, you can’t predict everything that may happen. However, when something goes wrong with the caravan, most people are unprepared, leading to a major expense. To save money (and frustration), learn basic caravan repair techniques.
When taking a family holiday, people have the tendency to over-pack. Packing too many supplies is a waste of time, money and space. To prevent over-packing, make lists of “essential”, “maybe” and “non-essential” items.
Expensive family activities can really eat into the budget. To maximise quality family time and minimise cost, seek out free activities, such as bike riding, surfing, hiking and picnics. This way, you’ll see the beautiful countryside and have a lot of fun along the way.
For more money saving tips for your next caravanning holiday, call or email the team at Kakadu Annexes today.