MARK RUE, TERRA TREK

Camper Trailer Australia - - BUDGET TOURING -

Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion can yield sav­ings when you’re tour­ing with a crew, says Mark Rue. Here’s how...

CLAR­IFY EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

“Have a think about the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity of those you are trav­el­ling with. The last thing you need on a big trip is the more fi­nan­cial friends adding in costly ex­er­cises like he­li­copter rides, splurg­ing on lo­cal restau­rants or pubs and spend­ing up on char­tered fish­ing trips, when oth­ers in the group pre­fer (or can only af­ford) to camp out ev­ery night and steer clear of lux­u­ries. There’s no right or wrong way to travel, but it’s best to work out your ex­pec­ta­tions be­fore you go.”

SHARE THE VE­HI­CLE COSTS

“Have a think about shar­ing a ve­hi­cle and the run­ning costs if the op­por­tu­nity arises. You need to get on re­ally well but it can ac­tu­ally make the trip a whole lot more fun. A lit­tle trick to split the costs evenly is to each put an even amount of money in the glove box at the start of the trip, and use these funds for any­thing group-re­lated like fuel, food, camp fees and so on. Top it up as re­quired and split the dif­fer­ence evenly at the end!”

SPREAD THE LOAD

“Try to travel light. If you’re shar­ing ve­hi­cles, try not to dou­ble up on your camp­ing equip­ment. You won’t need two camp ovens; one will do. If you are trav­el­ling in a group, make a plan about who brings what to spread the load across sev­eral ve­hi­cles. The trick around this is to keep some flex­i­bil­ity just in case the groups sep­a­rate for what­ever rea­son.”

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