Do you want to travel interstate but the outrageous cost of flights and train fares make it forever an impossible dream? If this dilemma sounds familiar then the following suggestion may be just what you're looking for. Provided you fulfil a few simple selection criteria, the perfect solution to the travel blues is to sign up to become a casual driver for some of Australia's largest campervan and mobile home rental companies, and when time allows, relocate vehicles between their interstate depots.
The concept is very simple, and once you have passed the initial selection process, you can work as much or as little as you are able. Generally, people who rent recreational vehicles from large companies are interstate or overseas travellers who desire to drive from one point to a tourist destination which is often located far away. As each depot only has a limited number of vehicles, this can cause problems when many people are doing one-way trips. For example, during the cooler winter months, a popular road-trip for tourists is to hire a van from a southern city such as Melbourne or Perth, and drive it one-way 'up north', where the weather is nice and warm. When many people hire vans for this kind of one-way journey, depots need a way to get their vehicles back and therefore they sometimes offer special incentives, such as a petrol allowance, for experienced and responsible drivers who can return their vehicles in a set amount of days.
Although campervan relocation is not paid work (in fact, you pay a nominal amount for the privilege of relocating), it is a terrific and affordable way to travel from one place to another as your accommodation is in the van you're driving. As well as being the most affordable way to travel from Point A to Point B, it's also a great way to see our beautiful Australian countryside: something we often miss these days as so much domestic travel is by air.
The downside of this kind of travel is that relocations are not always available to and from the places that you'd like to go, when you want to travel. Therefore, it's essential to be a bit flexible with your plans. Many of Australia's leading campervan hire companies are looking out for drivers to relocate their vehicles around the country, so whether you're a local travel enthusiast, a grey nomad or a backpacker from overseas it's definitely worth making a few enquiries. For locals travelling overseas, it's also worth looking into campervan relocations overseas, especially in New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Europe. To find out more, check out the websites of Relocations2Go and Imoova, two companies which specialise in campervan relocation around the world.