Road trips find favour

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - TWO WHEELS -

LAT­EST re­search into favourite hol­i­day op­tions sug­gests a car­a­van or mo­torhome trip is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar than ever.

A sur­vey by car­a­van and mo­torhome maker Jayco has found eight out of 10 Aus­tralians say a car­a­van hol­i­day is a good op­tion for fam­i­lies.

The re­sults also showed most adults be­lieved it would pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for qual­ity fam­ily time to­gether – al­most three-quar­ters also be­lieved it pro­vided good op­por­tu­ni­ties to show their chil­dren the Aus­tralian coun­try­side.

Jayco mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Ryan says RV hol­i­days are a per­fect op­tion for par­ents who want to have a mem­o­rable and in­ter­ac­tive hol­i­day with their chil­dren.

‘‘There is noth­ing quite like head­ing out on the open road with the kids,’’ he says.

‘‘The songs, the driv­ing games and all the ran­dom pit-stops sim­ply can­not be repli­cated when you travel by air.

‘‘Un­like any other form of travel, RVs give fam­i­lies the flex­i­bil­ity to stay in mul­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions with­out ever hav­ing to un­pack,’’ Ryan says.

Over­seas hol­i­days were less at­trac­tive to more than half of the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents – 63 per cent would con­sider car­a­van­ning around Aus­tralia in pref­er­ence to head­ing over­seas, with the ma­jor­ity of those peo­ple be­liev­ing a car­a­van hol­i­day would al­low them to have a longer break for less.

The sur­vey (an on­line sur­vey among 1005 Aus­tralians) also quizzed re­spon­dents on emerg­ing pur­chas­ing pat­terns – 56 per cent say they would con­sider buy­ing a car­a­van over a hol­i­day home, while 64 per cent say they would con­sider it over ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Jayco, a car­a­van man­u­fac­turer for more than three decades, holds 46 per cent of the RV mar­ket, says car­a­van and mo­torhome sales are con­tin­u­ing to grow.

‘‘Fam­i­lies are start­ing to re­alise that go­ing on a car­a­van hol­i­day doesn’t mean sac­ri­fic­ing any of their crea­ture com­forts,’’ he says.

Ryan says RV hol­i­days were be­com­ing a more cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion for peo­ple want­ing to get out and see more of the coun­try and its at­trac­tions.

‘‘Pur­chas­ing an RV al­lows you the free­dom to get out and go where you want, when you want, com­pared to a tra­di­tional ho­tel hol­i­day.

‘‘The main­te­nance costs com­pared to own­ing a hol­i­day house is also sub­stan­tially less, mak­ing own­ing an RV a more achiev­able dream for many Aus­tralians,’’ he says.

Mo­bile home: RV hol­i­days pro­vide fam­i­lies with the flex­i­bil­ity of stay­ing in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions with­out hav­ing to un­pack

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