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There is no doubt that businesses are struggling during the pandemic. Of course, all industries are affected, but businesses that rely solely on tourism have been hit the hardest. So one of the best things we can do as Australians in these times is to get out and support the tourism industry.

There are two types of travel left at our disposal. We can tour within our state or go interstate. Interstate travel also seems to carry its risks since borders can be closed quickly, and we can be stuck on the wrong side. But what is life without a bit of risk? Isn’t travel supposed to be a little risky? – I said a little risky.

Travelling locally

If you are looking for a no-risk travel option, the only road left is to check out your own state. Although this is cheapest option, local travel costs can also build up. Let’s look at the pros and cons of some of our options for getting around.

Walking

For centuries, pilgrims have viewed long walks as transformative for spiritual, mental and physical health. Probably the most famous of the world’s long walks is the Camino De Santiago in Spain, but many challenging and beautiful walks exist across Australia. There is no doubt that this is the cheapest option but there is obviously some discomfort involved. Then, for those who don’t mind lycra and chafing, there is cycling.

Train travel

They say that you either love trains or hate them. Whichever side of the fence you are on, travelling locally by train is a low-cost option, at least, on paper. Still, what it delivers economically, it can take away in flexibility. Unless you hire a car at your destination, it can be tricky getting around once you get where you are going. The cost of train travel is also offset by the costs of additional travel and by accommodation options. Airbnb has become a game-changer in this area. Still, it can be difficult to find short term accommodation for much cheaper than the cost of a motel. Even at $100 a night, multiple trips per year can stretch into the thousands.

Camping as an option

Everyone loves camping, right? No, I don’t think so either. They say that ordinary people take two camping trips per year. However, in Australia, we deal with falling trees, humid tents, mosquitos, snakes, and spiders. Need I go on? They say that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Whoever said that has never been camping in Australia in summer.

Hiring a vehicle

Of course, this is not the most cost-effective way of getting around. Still, it seems like an excellent second option after having one’s own car. Despite the costs, it gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. So, whilst it may be more expensive than getting the train, it would be more flexible.

Investing in a travel vehicle

Most people travelling within their state would want to use their own car. Something is comforting about having one’s own vehicle. But, unless you have the bed in the station wagon or own an RV, accommodation will still become the highest cost of your trip. RVs and caravans can be expensive upfront, but those costs can be spread over the long term if you like to travel a lot. There are various low-cost finance options available to invest in a new or second-hand caravan or RV. Taking out a loan removes the need to find a significant sum of money upfront. If you travel once a year, investing in a new RV or caravan may seem a little too much. But if you like to take trips seasonally (at least four times a year), owning an RV or caravan can be the best option in terms of cost and flexibility. Caravan parks offer cost-effective powered sites these days, and solar panels can even power some vehicles.

Overall, when travelling locally, you may find yourself offsetting the cost of travel with the increased flexibility that comes with more luxurious options. You may choose to walk across your state, staying in a dusty tent in camp sites. On the other hand, you may drive a luxury vehicle between five-star hotels drinking Grey Poupon and eating steak every night. If, however, you are looking for a middle ground between cost and flexibility, you might want to consider investing in an RV or caravan. Get in touch with us today about our competitive finance options.

If you would like more information about how Bee Sure Financial can help you contact us today on 0434 113 962.

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