Some months back, I wrote of our deliberations of whether we should buy a campervan. Be free spirits, belated hippies. Join the grey army. It’s something we’d been considering for some time, much to the surprise of some of our family and friends. Like, most of them actually.
And we considered, and researched, and imagined, and then we got close. Then we agonised.
Finally, a decision has been made. As there were some interested parties who queried our progress re the campervan, here’s the decision – and the reasons for it.
First up, yep, we backed out. All that promise. All that talk. And it went nowhere in the end.
Eventually, after finding an amazing second-hand van that was in beautiful condition and clean and sparkly with ALL the things, and which was exactly what we thought we wanted, we decided no, we’re not going to do that after all. Cue sound of gnashing of teeth. Actually, Mr T eventually made the call by himself, largely to put me out of my misery because I’m incapable of making decisions sometimes. (I blame it on being Libran.)
And for those with the slightest of interest, here’s our reasons for the decision.
- Money. Let’s be honest – if money is never a consideration, you could just do whatever you wanted, anytime, without even an ounce of consideration, just as the Hollywood celebs do. But most of us mere mortals have to be at least a bit pragmatic. This little beauty we found was fantastic, but bloody expensive, because our aspirations kept growing. While buying a campervan isn’t just a financial decision, we kept doing the sums – purchase cost, running costs, additional camping costs, interest lost or paid on that money, blah blah. And even the cost of renos to the garage door to accommodate the beast, because of course it wouldn’t fit in and you couldn’t leave it out. Take all that money you’ve invested, and you could do just about any holiday in the world, or spend quite a number of nights in fancy-schmancy apartments up the coast, in the hinterland, across the country, in fact, anywhere you wanted. To make a camper purchase worthwhile, you have to use these beasts a lot – some say several months a year. We didn’t think we’d get anywhere near that.
- We wouldn’t have slept in it every night (because, you know, ….Princess). We’d probably stop every so often to stay somewhere nice in a hotel to have a breather and stretch our legs a bit, have a good tub, so you’re doubling up on cost.
- We didn’t really want to go too far off road (Wolf Creek has a lot to answer for), so it didn’t make sense to have a vehicle all souped up for that – just in case.
- There’s a world of discovery to be had in NT and WA, but it’s such a loooooong way to drive over from our neck of the woods. We’d be more likely to fly to the far-away places to then spend more time exploring when we got there. Means it’s a bit silly having that spanky campervan sitting idle at home while we’re forking out for airfares.
- There’s still way too much of the world we want to see – which simply can’t be reached with a camper. Those countries still flashing brightly on the bucket list become a bit more unlikely with the beast burning dollars in the garage.
- While we jaunt in other regions, perhaps a straggly line of friends and family wanting to borrow Mr Campervan would grow. I mean, it’s just sitting there idle otherwise, crying out for companionship? Friendships could be marred. Or maybe we could rent it to strangers to recoup some cost, but what if they scratched and damaged the shiny lady, or left it yucky inside. Ah, the stress…
- I’m not known for being tidy (I’m more of a spread things out everywhere over every horizontal surface kind of girl) so no doubt I would replace what’s impeccably neat at the outset with mayhem within a very short space of time, and drive us both crazy. And where would I put those shopping purchases picked up on route, surely the foundation of any holiday??
So, we decided perhaps we’re not the best fit for this caper after all.
There it is. Decision made, logic and rationality applied. Sigh.
I have no doubt it’s a fantastic life and decision for others, but it’s the end of the camper dream for us. It was a lovely dream and I did want to try that ‘getting away’ and forced sitting around with a book or, in my case a computer, with not much else to get in the way.
But in the meantime, we have some new adventures planned to compensate – and I’m very excited!
The world’s our oyster…
Watch this space.