Love going on road trips, but would like to stretch your dollars and cents? Then it’s time you tried a relocation deal!
Relocation basically allows rental companies to spend minimally to have their vehicle transported to a certain destination or branch where the vehicle would then be rented out again. For helping the company transport its vehicle, the accepting traveller gets either a free or negligible rental fee (eg. USD $5), and would only have to pay for petrol costs.
Here’s how to get started:
- Be flexible on your traveling dates and intercity destinations.
- Check if your driving license is valid overseas or whether an international driving license is needed.
- Check relocation car, campervan and motorhome websites (eg. imoova, Transfercar Australia/New Zealand, Juicy) several weeks before your traveling date. The most common relocation places are Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and Europe.
- Be careful with the fine prints. Some offers are more generous than others (eg. includes petrol subsidies, insurance coverage and ferry costs), while others have a mileage cap to ensure that you arrive at the required destination within the agreed timeframe.
- Take on other travellers to help split petrol costs.
- To save more, get either a campervan or a motorhome so you won’t have to worry about accommodation costs. If you do get a car, be sure to bring a tent. Campsites are not difficult to find along popular road trip routes and are cheap alternatives to hotels.
- Bring your own linens and pillows if you would not want to pay extra to hire them.
- Do note that last-minute cancellations do happen. Confirm again with the relocation company one or two days before your vehicle pick-up date.
- Always have a backup plan in the event of last-minute cancellations.