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Road-tripping Aussies taking the home ground advantage

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AUSTRALIAN travellers are bypassing the tough economic road and taking the caravan and camping path to good times and value-for-money holidays with the Caravan RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia reporting a jump of 14.7 percent more RV registered products in the past three years.

It’s a good sign, but not everyone wants the responsibility, or has the room – or the budget – for a caravan or campervan and that’s where companies such as DriveNow come to the rescue. With its extensive range of campervan rentals DriveNow is contributing to the scores of Australians setting out to discover their homeland. Many see it as a way to “try before you buy”.

CRVA chief executive Stuart Lamont says people see caravan and camping holidays as the “most affordable holiday” with the bonus of lifestyle and health benefits.

“It’s the freedom from daily routines that is so appealing,” he says.

“Bonding with like-minded people over happy hour, swapping recipes and travel stories and making friends for life – these priceless experiences you have on the road are what matters most.”

Mr Lamont says caravanning and camping promotes Australians holidaying at home, and offers one of the best value holiday options in Australia today, in many cases supporting regional communities due to the locations of caravan holiday parks, and the nature of caravanning and camping.’’

According to the CRVA findings, up to seven million Australians have visited a caravan holiday park in the past two years with another 9.3 million planning a holiday in the Caravanning and Holiday Parks Industry over the next two years.

For those thinking of renting a self-drive campervan, DriveNow recommends booking early to find the best price. Rental rates are lower when booking in advance and during peak periods such as Christmas, Easter and even school holidays, prices go up and vehicles are harder to come by.

MAUREEN DOYLE

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