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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 5th 2014
How to holiday for a fraction of the cost
Source: Maui Campervans


At the beginning of the year I set up a Pinterest board to use as a creative visualisation board. That means I pinned inspiring pictures that related to the goals and ambitions I had for the year.

Then I set that page as my homepage on my browser and voila things began to happen.

One goal was to visit China, which seemed far fetched in January when I put it up there, but ended up coming to fruition due to a cheap SNA deal that found me through one of the daily deal sites.

Source: Maui Campervans


Another travel aim was more local. A trip to see MONA, the amazing privately owned art gallery in Hobart that everyone has been raving about.

I put up the following picture as inspiration to find a way to get there.

Source: Mona Facebook


It seemed too costly to make a special trip just for a weekend with all the attendant air fares and accommodation. So inspired by my Pininterest board I tried to find a cheaper way.

I knew that a lot of the camper van companies needed vehicles shifted over to Tasmania for the influx of tourists they get in spring every year.

Evening view from our camper van when we stayed at Treasure Island Caravan Park which is near Mona. It is on a spit and has water on two sides which is kind of nice


Within seconds I had unearthed such a company and booked a 6 berth camper van.

Six berth because it would be roomier.

It significantly brought the cost down. The company pays for the driver and vehicle to go over on the Spirit of Tasmania and you pay $5 a day for the use of the campervan. (Or the other option was that they give you $300 in petrol money and you organise your own ticket on the ferry.) They give you 3 days to get the camper van from Davenport where the boat lands you and the vehicle, to Hobart (basically only a 3.5 hour trip) so this left us with a couple of days to visit MONA and do a few other touristy things as well.

Not a bad view to wake up to


As my husbamd wanted to come as well we did need to buy an extra ferry ticket. Travelling on the ferry is not cheap compared to travelling by air. But while not widely advertised a company called Travel with a Cause can get you cheaper tickets and the great thing is that their profits go towards charity.

So as I write this I am sitting in the back of a luxurious 6 berth Maui campervan. There is heating and air-conditioning and even a TV if I felt that way inclined and every now and again I have a kip. My husband is doing the driving and I have a mobile office to work on this WeekendNotes article amongst other things.

Great place to get some work done while enjoying the view wrap="0


There is as an interior seatbelt that allows me to sit at the table and write. To my right is a panoramic window and every now and again I look out to emerald green pastures, vivid yellow gorse bushes, little white stone cottages, and charming cemeteries (despite the incongruity they do look charming) that seem to have been here since convict times.

It is such a lovely place to work - I'm thinking we might do some other transfers. Darwin to Broome sounds promising. He loves driving I like writing. Perfect!

I recommend your looking into transferring vehicles for a cheap holiday option. Here are a couple of sites to get your started on your adventure.

Maui
Around Australia Motorhomes
Britz Campervan, 4WD & Car Hire
Transfercar

IMPORTANT PROVISOS

Read the fine print. You do have a $1000 deposit on your credit card which is returned to you if you deliver the van to its destination without any damage.

But if anything happens to that van, even a scratch you could lose that $1000. So I would advise taking up their option of full insurance. Even if it costs you $30-$50 a day you have the peace of mind and you still have a very cheap trip.

The caravan park we staying in was about $32 a night and fuel was $100. All thinks you need to factor in.

We didn't have any issues but sometimes vans can get rented out to a full-paying customers and then your plans are dashed. Slim chance but on the cards.

You do need to have a full license and not be under 21 to do a relocation.
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Your Comment
I was just telling a friend about this today! What a coincidence that an article about it comes through on my email today, very well timed :)
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2548) 1052 days ago
Love this site enspiring
by suepo (score: 1|23) 1054 days ago
Beware $1000 bond doesnt even cover the insurance excess (usually $3000 and non refundable regardless who is in the wrong) and insurance does not cover overhead damage in single vehicle accidents.Dont pay the daily insurance get travel insurance that will cover insurance excess(make sure it is travel insurace for australia), Some credit cards will cover hire vehicle insurance free (check terms and conditions)
by makka (score: 1|31) 975 days ago
Great idea ! Sharing this on my social site :)
by Kabhi (score: 0|8) 900 days ago
What a great idea, Nadine - I would never have realised you could get to Tassie (and MONA) like this and so inexpensively - thank you!
by Sue Williams (score: 2|829) 1051 days ago
The "Travel with a Cause" link doesn't work.
by An (score: 0|5) 720 days ago
Thanks Sue.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|4496) 1054 days ago
Thanks so much for all this info and very timely for easter!
by smith (score: 1|59) 505 days ago
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