From cruising the river ways and camping with family to finding your own private paradise, as the weather warms up and COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions are (hopefully) relaxed, many of us will be keen to start venturing beyond our own backyard.
Purchasing a leisure vehicle such as a boat, caravan or camper trailer can give you endless experiences. So if you want to create your own great escapes, what should you know before you press go?
Know how much it’s really going to cost
Buying a boat or a recreational vehicle (RV) such as a caravan or camper is an investment in your holiday future, but it’s not necessarily going to be cheaper than staying in a B&B or motel. That’s because, as well as the hefty purchase price, you’ll be up for a decent number of additional expenses which you’ll need to factor into your budget.
The biggies will be insurance, registration, maintenance and servicing, as well as increased fuel consumption while towing. A boat will need to be kitted out with safety gear; a trailer to get it from A to B, and you may also have to pay for a mooring or marina berthing.
After buying a new or used RV, you may want to upgrade with a shade awning, bike racks, solar panels, etc. But once you’ve made the investments up front, what you save per night is often a bargain, ranging from $20 per night at caravan parks, dependant on facilities, season and location, making the decision to travel easier on the back pocket.