Orcas and kayaker by Christopher Walker. Are you this brave? If not just go and hire one of our free cars or campervans in Newzealand or Australia instead :) TY Eco-Vision Sustainable Learning Center x
With a flight to Australia from many parts of the world taking so incredibly long, it just makes sense for travelers to make the most of their trip and hit New Zealand as well. A number of airlines travel between the two countries regularly, some at budget rates that will please just about anyone. Better than the price is the short flight distance. Taking just around three hours in travel time from major cities on the east coast of Australia to Auckland, New Zealand is literally a hop, skip and a jump away!
>> In addition to New Zealand, Australians and travelers to Australia also like to make the most of their trip by stopping off at Bali and Fiji.
Unless you have time, the will to join a big cruise or the means to boat across on your own, then a flight between the two countries is generally in order. Budget flights can be made on both Jetstar and Virgin Australia, while Qantas and Air New Zealand are the more mainstream airline choices. Read more about the transport options to New Zealand, as well as search for cheap flights, in the following articles:
Who would have thought that the humble car pooling idea would emerge into a fully fledged, environmentally conscious transportation alternative.
Meet Jayride: the website that allows vehicle owners to put their spare seats up for rent. Well not so much as rent but short term lease.
With its humble beginnings in Auckland, New Zealand some 2 short years ago, Jyride is now the place to go to find a cheap, spare seat in vehicles travelling between towns and cities all over New Zealand and Australia.
Their vision is to revolutionize the current transportation system by reducing the need for so many cars on the road. They believe that there are already so many vehicles sitting idle, wasting space, resources, and money; saying that, instead of cars we could have nice broad sidewalks, trees, parks, pedestrians and a more social atmosphere. They also rightly point out that our cities are planned around the car, and it’s a huge waste.
Jayride is in effect making transport into a service you can buy whenever you need it. They are offering an alternative to owning a car as you can now find a car to drive, or a ride to share, any time you like, to anywhere you want. Transport shouldn’t cost the earth, and Jayride are helping to make this a reality.
This is how it works. Let’s say I am going to drive down to Christchurch from Auckland. I list up my ride on Jayride and they connect me with people going my way. I can specify how many seats are spare and charge a price for each seat that I am selling. Travellers then request a seat on Jayride and away you go.
It’s more social, cleaner, greener, cheaper and way more fun that going it alone. It’s free to use and has loads of
You can now request to drive a Transfercar vehicle and then list it up on Jayride to find people to share the expenses. Brilliant!
Like any service that involves strangers sharing a common space, safety is always in the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Some people are nervous about meeting strangers, and fair enough! So Jayride have a whole load of features designed to ensure that the people you’ll meet are trustworthy. To share a ride you must be a member and they validate your contact details. Also, check for trust badges: Different actions on Jayride can reward you with more trusted statuses, like “ID verified” or “Facebook verified”. Lastly, it’s worth noting that after 2 years running they have never had even one complaint about a member.
In this day and age I think we are all (well most of us) aware of the pressing need for alternative transportation options. We can’t ignore the fact that we are constantly polluting our environment with our careless use of new technologies, so new initiatives such as this are a welcome diversion to the current norm.
Every now and then someone will say to me, “Why would anyone relocate a vehicle” and I respond by explain all the benefits of using a cheap form of transport such as Transfercar and when it is a viable option (and not) for both vehicle owners and travellers.
Firstly, just to clarify: A relocation vehicle, one-way hire or standby car is a vehicle (normally a rental) that has been dropped off at a specific location and needs to be brought back to another place or depot by a specific time.
Fuel consumption of relocation cars and campervans
Often we are asked about the fuel consumption of many of our relocation cars and campervans listed on Transfercar.
So I did a little bit of research and put together a quick guide on the average fuel use of commonly listed vehicles. This is not exact data but is an estimate only and will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle and how you drive it (I’ll write about this soon!).
On average a 2 – 6 berth campervan will use around 1 litre of gas for every 8 – 10 kms driven.
These vehicles use approximately 7.5 litres per 100km.
Such as the Toyota Corolla will also use around 7.5 litres per 100km but may also use up to 8.1 litres per 100k .
Use around 8.0 litres per 100km.
Premium Full Size vehicles:
Such as the Toyota Camry 2400cc will use around 9.8 litres per 100km.
Like the Subaru Legacy 2000cc automatic can use up to 9.6 litres per 100km.
8 Seater MPVs:
Like the Toyota Previa will use around 9.5 litres per 100km.
Please Note: The information available from the NZ transport agency is intended to provide general information to the public and all reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the quality and accuracy of that information.
Conversion formula table
Kms per litre to litres per 100 kms | divide 100 by kms per litre
Kms per litre to miles per gallon | multiply kms per litre by 2.825
Litres per 100km to miles per gallon | divide 282.5 by litres per 100km
Miles per gallon to litres per 100kms | divide 282.5 by miles per gallon
Litres per 100km to kms per litre | divide 100 by litres per 100 kms
Miles per gallon to kms per litre | multiply miles per gallon by 0.354
Often relocations (as they are called in New Zealand) or standbys (as they are often called in Australia), are seen as short term travel options that get you from A to B far cheaper than taking on a regular rental deal.
Over the past few months I’ve begun to see the relocating trend change. As the recession has passed and people have become more budget conscious, transferring vehicles have become more popular.
However, instead of Transfercar being a means of securing a quick relocation between towns and cities, the trend is now swinging towards travellers creating their own mini packages from a mixture of free rental deals available online.
Take for example a French couple I have been following. At first I thought they had been making a mistake requesting
so many vehicles to diverse locations as the dates seemed to overlap. As it turned out, they were planning a little nationwide trip using a series of our vehicles.
This has basically given them a 17 day holiday for a fraction of the price of what they would have normally paid if they rented these vehicles for this period.
Others are looking for relocation deals with wide date availabilities as with these vehicles there is often the option of purchasing additional days on top of the free days already offered. Thus, a 5 day relocation between Auckland and Christchurch becomes a 7 – 10 day relocation holiday. Yes they still pay for the additional days but still the overall cost of the vacation is way lower than what it could have been.
From these observations come great changes to the way we operate, as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our travellers. The next couple of months will see a new phase in Transfercar’s vehicle listing and requesting process. Options such as purchasing additional days when requesting a vehicle will be one of the many new features offered but I will tell you all about this in coming articles.
Good news for the health conscious and frequent travellers. Airports in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, are running tests on scanners that emit no radiation.
The BBC has reported that unlike traditional scanners which emit X-rays and “active” radiation, the T8000, developed by UK-based ThruVision Systems, uses a “passive” screening technology.
ThruVision’s scanners do not “illuminate” people with X-rays, radiation or millimeter waves. Instead, they receive terahertz waves naturally produced by objects and people. When a concealed object blocks those waves, it appears as an anomaly.
The materials that can be detected by the T8000 include weapons, explosives, liquids, gels, ceramics and narcotics.
One other upside to this new technology is that it doesn’t capture or display intimate body details which have been a concern for many travellers in the past.
Other benefits include:
Rapid screening time
No need to enter into a small confined space
Although not permanently implemented yet, these scanners have had positive results; successfully spotting contraband substances on test subjects.
Bermuda is also using ThruVision while Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are considering implementing the new scanners.
Recently, my sister left for a quick 2 week trip to Thailand. I headed over to say my goodbyes and she asked if I could help her pack (yes she is quite capable of packing on her own but she has this interesting knack for leaving things until the absolute last minute!).
As she was randomly throwing things left right and center at me from across the room I proceeded to neatly pack everything into small bundles; placing them nicely into the bag. She looked at me and said “What are you doing? Just stuff it all in!” Lucky her suitcase was the size of a small aircraft!
Many travellers will recall at least one time where they had to sit on the lid of their suitcase or use their feet to push more things into their backpacks (which ended up round, lumpy and uncomfortable to carry).
I have to admit, when I began my travels at 19, I was a stuffer. And believe me, being a stuffer backpacker sucks!
Lucky for me I learnt the error of my ways from a fellow traveller who had a father that was in the military. I watched one day in awe as he neatly and precisely packed what looked like his entire wardrobe + sleeping and toiletry items into quite a medium sized looking backpack. Me? I was still stuffing! He looked at me and shook his head! So here’s what my good friend taught me:
Be prepared but you don’t need your whole wardrobe!
Write a list of your items and keep your list with you (this way you never forget anything).
Think of your bag as a jigsaw puzzle. Everything needs to fit together.
Fold, fold and fold again. Make items small, compact and flat or rolled up to keep the wrinkles out.
Shoes go at the edges of your bag, soles facing outward or in a separate compartment.
Work in layers. Place the large things in first and then fill every other small space around them with smaller items (remember though to keep the items you will need the most or first at the top of the bag).
Wrap things in plastic bags and stuff them in your shoes (every bit of space counts).
For backpackers, make sure that any hard items are placed at the front or sides of the bag and not where your back will rest. Also keep it flat!
I followed these little packing rules and made my life much easier. I knew where everything was, had reasonably wrinkle free clothes and managed to fit in all my gear without giving myself a hernia!
Oh…and don’t forget to check out some of our free relocation cars and campervans! NZ / AU
When I talk about “quality budget” eats, sleeps and drinks in Sydney, I’m referring to places that offer you the most bang for your buck, whether that be through offering a spectacular city view or loads of food for the price. Sydney is not really a budget backpacker’s dream, but with this list, at least you can get the most for the money that you do spend while in this multicultural city.