A lot of people these days are talking about ‘Van Life’? But what is it about this life that has some of us pack up our belongings and hitting the road. To put it simply, van life is an alternative lifestyle, the freedom to travel where the road takes you.
No doubt the challenges of 2020 and Covid-19 restrictions in travelling international and even domestically. Australians, according to Camplify, have turned on their engine for a road trip within their back yard state. That’s a 125% increase in Winter camping holidays compared to last year.
Camplify’s report outlines key travel trends among Australians during May and June 2020 compared to May June 2019, as state borders began to reopen and lockdowns started to lift. Whilst the travel industry continues to feel the pain of COVID-19, confidence to travel began to increase and continued to do so very rapidly. By the end of June bookings had increased by 1,125% compared to two months prior, when lockdown restrictions were in place, suggesting Aussies were eager to get back out there and travel.
Campllify have seen an increase in bookings on both hard and soft floor camper trailers, which are usually less popular during the Winter months, saw some of the largest increases in booking rates (almost 200% compared to 2019).
But who’s going on these trips? Almost 30% of users now fall within the age of 25-34, compared to 2019 where almost 50% of hirers were aged between 35-55.
Camplify Founder and CEO Justin Hales commented: “We have already seen huge demand for road trips across the country, with families looking for socially distanced holiday options, particularly within their home states. We know Aussies love a good holiday, and local caravan or campervan breaks offer a great way for people to safely venture out and reset amongst nature once again. With self-contained caravans and campervans socially distanced by design, we understand that this style of travel offers holidaymakers an extra feeling of safety and control. 2020 is definitely the year of the Australian road trip due to its flexible nature.”
With the average RV owners on Camplify earning between $400 to $2,500 per week, the van sharing platform offers a great way for locals to boost their income by participating in the tourism industry.
“With over 711,000 registered RVs in Australia*, and many only used for 4-6 weeks of the year, van sharing is a great way for families who might have been hit hard during this period to make a little extra income, and build that nest egg back up again” recommended Hales.
It’s quite simple as a customer to find your perfect van. Search for the type of hire you need, dates and location.
Get behind the wheel and drive one of our campervans or motorhomes.
Hitch up one of our camper trailers or caravans to your own vehicle and drive away.
Have one of our owners deliver and set up their van at a location of your choice.
Stay in luxury in one of our on-site caravans, cabins or glamping tents.
All vans on Camplify are comprehensively insured for hire to give you peace of mind during your holiday. They have partnered with NRMA to provide 24/7 nationwide breakdown cover to keep your adventure on track. 24/7 customer support and all of the van owners have been personally onboarded and verified by the Camplify team.
Would love to hear about your #vanlife experience with Camplify.
Endless adventures on the road.
Top popular places to visit voted by Camplify
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