My Name is Matt Foley. I Am A Motivational Speaker. I am 35 Years Old, Divorced, and I Live In A Van Down In NEW ZEALAND

This is where I’ve been living for the last two weeks.

The campervan is a pretty economical way to travel in New Zealand. The van cost NZ$39 per day and was a diesel, which sold for about NZ$0.97-1.04 per liter (there was also a NZ$3 per 100 km tax I had to pay at the end). The van came with bedding and cooking gear so I didn’t need to provide anything. The campsites I stayed at ran between NZ$12-20 per night. They had showers, internet terminals and kitchens. The combined savings for having your rental car be your lodging is probably worth it.

What I would have done differently is not made the drive back to Auckland. I would have just dropped the camper off in Queenstown and flown back to Auckland. Not only would I have saved money driving (and ferry fees) but I would have had several more days to see stuff as well.

As far as I know, they have similar campervan rentals in Australia and the UK. I’m sure I’ll end up using that when I’m in both places, as its is the cheapest way to travel and sleep.

I don’t want to have to drive back across Australia however….

4 thoughts on “My Name is Matt Foley. I Am A Motivational Speaker. I am 35 Years Old, Divorced, and I Live In A Van Down In NEW ZEALAND”

  1. Thanks.

    I liked having a van, but didn’t like the company I went with in NZ.

    I’ll plan better before I get to OZ.

  2. There are certainly similar rentals in Australia. One that has very noticeable vans is Wicked Campers, but many others exist. Also there is no road tax in Oz unlike NZ, though some vans come with km limits. Watch out for relocation fees and limits on where you can go. Also decide on your rough itinerary early, you may find it better to hire multiple times and fly between – Australia is almost as big as the lower 48, but much emptier in the middle.

    In the UK you can get similar vehicles – and other parts of Europe. In fact, a common thing to do is hire a van in the UK, then cross the channel with it and use it all around Europe, returning to the UK with it. Another option, if you are going to be there long enough, is to buy a second-hand van and do the same thing. Then sell it when you’re done – it can work out cheaper over-all. There used to be a known spot in London for buying/selling these vehicles on weekends, I don’t know if it still happens there.

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