MARK RUE, TERRA TREK
Good communication can yield savings when you’re touring with a crew, says Mark Rue. Here’s how...
“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.”