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:

  1. Be flexible on your traveling dates and intercity destinations.
  2. Check if your driving license is valid overseas or whether an international driving license is needed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Take on other travellers to help split petrol costs.
  6. 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.
  7. Bring your own linens and pillows if you would not want to pay extra to hire them.
  8. Do note that last-minute cancellations do happen. Confirm again with the relocation company one or two days before your vehicle pick-up date.
  9. Always have a backup plan in the event of last-minute cancellations.