How to budget for your caravan holiday

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 10:40

So you have finally purchased a caravan and are now ready to caravan across the country

Probably, one of the reasons you purchased a caravan is because it allows you to enjoy short to extended vacations at considerably low costs, and that’s always a bonus when you think of the high costs of accommodation. However, before going on your big holiday, you should forecast the costs a caravan holiday implies. While the costs may vary, here are a couple of key aspects you should take into consideration.

Location and duration

First and foremost, you should decide where your big caravan holiday is going to take place. Based on the budget you may afford to spend, you should settle whether you can travel from the Barossa to the Great Southern region or head towards South East Queensland. It may make sense to right around the country all at once or do certain regions one by one. 

Fuel costs

Given the fact that your car is towing more than usual, it will imminently require more fuel than normal. To this, add additional factors such as the age of the vehicle. Normally, you should be aware of an average fuel consumption of your tow vehicle, which will help you to anticipate the fuel costs. Another thing you should bear in mind is that fuel costs will be higher in more remote locations. Make sure to factor this in if you are travelling on a budget. 

Accommodation and trips – the planned and the unexpected

It is best if you plan the trips you wish to take throughout the duration of your caravan holiday. This way, you will be able to forecast the camping fees in caravanning sites around Australia. Additionally, don’t overlook the costs attached to tours, entrance fees and so on and so forth. While it is advisable you get a bigger picture in your head concerning these costs, you should allow some flexibility in your plans. This means that you might stumble across an interesting location, and you shouldn’t miss taking advantage of it only because it isn’t on the list.

Meal costs

In order to anticipate the costs of food during your big vacation, you should plan your meal costs in advance. After establishing a rough weekly menu, you should include the luxury of dining out once in a while; you will highly appreciate it after a day spent on the road. And, most importantly, don’t forget to pack the indispensable coffee!

Entertainment

A caravan holiday is all about having fun. So, during all those hours of driving around the country, it’s utterly important that you have entertainment means with you so that the entire family can enjoy an amazing caravan holiday.

Clothing

Given the fact that you will experience a great deal of time outdoors, you should make sure you have appropriate clothing with you. You must be prepared for each region and its typical weather.

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