It’s been a crazy few weeks.
We’ve been going around and around deciding on our transportation options for travelling around Australia. One day we’re hung-ho about buying a campervan, the next we’re talking about using what we have. What it comes down to is money (of course!)
When you look at it, we’re travelling around Australia for 10 months. That’s it. We only plan on being in Australia until the end of the year.
We need a cost effective solution.
While we found campervans that would work well, we realistically didn’t want to spend $55,000 for such a short term solution. (Campervans don’t come cheap in Australia).
Sure, we could find one a cheap one. One that has high miles on the odometer, rust in the doors and rattles at every bump. But when you’re living out of a campervan for 10 months, you want it to be comfortable.
We have to consider things like good storage, low mileage and no rattles (like the rental campervan we took to Outback N.S.W.)! Those campervans don’t come cheap and if I’m honest here, we need to weigh our sanity in there as well. Let’s face it, we’re not young things anymore that can just drink away the odd “van quirk”.
But we’re not ‘old codgers’ either, so that’s why we’ve found what we think is a good solution.
After ‘crunching the numbers’ (again), we’ve decided to become professional house-sitters.
We will use our existing car – a Ford Kuga – which is paid off. We’ll camp when we can, which we love (and while the weather cooperates), but otherwise we’ll stay in AirBnbs when we get sick of camping.
Believe it or not, it’s cheaper to stay in an AirBnb than staying in Holiday Park Cabins or a Hotels and it gets cheaper the longer you stay most of the time.
This is, of course, when we are not house sitting, which we hope to be our primary source of accommodation.
So far we’ve managed to arrange a phenomenal opportunity. We will be housesitting on a 5 acre farm in the Bellarine area in Victoria for two months. The area we will be staying is about an hour south of Melbourne and an hour north the Great Ocean Road. It’s only a few hours from the Daylesford area, which we’re eager to explore more of.
In other words, it will be a great ‘home base’ for a while. The bonus is we get to take care of 3 gorgeous dogs, 20 chickens and 10 goats. That’s right, country life with city conveniences.
And we get to do it for free (minus the signup costs to participate in the service). Yep, welcome to housesitting. We exchange the accommodation to look after houses and pets while the owners travel themselves. It’s a great idea and we can’t wait! (We will be writing more about house sitting and what that means once we hit the road.)
By travelling this way, we will be able to:
– stay a week in Cairns exploring the Great Barrier Reef (March),
– camp for two weeks in the Australian Snowy Mountains (April)
– spend a total of about two months at the beach (March/April/May),
– hang out for two months on a 5 acre farm (June/July),
– take a riverboat cruise down the Murray River (July/August)
– travel to Kangaroo Island on Australia’s south coast (August)
– spend 3 months exploring Western Australia (August/Sept/Oct)
– before we finish the year in Tasmania staying in a beautiful AirBnb (Nov/December)
This is all dependent, of course, of where we house sit, but we are finding opportunities based on our travel plan.
And all for about a quarter of what we spend now, living in Sydney.
Who says travel is expensive?
Fun Fact: For our upcoming travels, we’re booked into 4 different Airbnbs. By doing this, we’re already UNDER BUDGET. That means, we will have money in the ‘kitty’ for more awesome travel experiences, like this experience we’re looking at, flying over the Great Barrier Reef, in Cairns!
If you’d like to try Airbnb for yourself, here’s a credit for your first stay (can be used globally)!