I spent last weekend sauntering around having a sticky beak at a couple of expos that were at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. At one end was the Gold Coast Caravan & Camping Expo and at the other was the Gold Coast Travel Expo making it a weekend of expos!
If you want to give yourself a serious case of caravan or motorhome envy then a Caravan & Camping Expo fulfils this criteria. With over 30 different caravan manufacturers displaying their ranges, 9 motorhome displays and a variety of campers from rooftop tents to camper trailers to slide on campers, there is plenty to see. In fact it can be completely overwhelming for the camping or caravan novice!
As we are seasoned caravanners and campers we like to go along to see all the latest products available and compare features. We have noticed that the majority of new caravans are jam-packed with features with some boasting full size fridges, air conditioning, large screen TVs, washing machines, full ensuites, solar panels, queen size beds and leather upholstery. Some of the caravans are so large that they are like a small luxury unit on wheels!
If you have spare $200,000+ you can buy a motorhome that has sides that pop out to give you more space inside and have actual living rooms, study nooks, separate bedrooms, ensuites and kitchens with all the latest modern appliances. Otherwise at the budget end you can pick up a small campervan that fits inside a Toyota HiAce van or similar for around $100,000.
For those who aren’t excited about hitching up a caravan or camper trailer and doing the big lap of Australia, then the Travel Expo may be more up your alley. With stalls from all types of travel companies such as: Cruiselines, Travel Agents, Airlines, Tourism Authorities, Travel Tours and Self-Drive Holidays. There is sure to be a holiday that will suit everybody.
The idea of Travel Expos is to gather together all of these travel companies under the one roof where you can collate information on different types of holidays by gathering brochures, attending travel presentations or by speaking directly to travel companies and booking agents. For example, I had it in my mind that I would like to find out some information on a Hawaiian and French Polynesian Island cruise for next year, so asked around the different cruiselines and cruise booking agents to see what was on offer.
If you’re pretty much decided on where you want to travel to next there are some great savings and bargain holidays on offer at the Travel Expo. By the look of the booking agents that lined both ends of the Expo space, there were plenty of people taking advantage of some of these great travel specials.
Most cities hold both Caravan & Camping Expos plus Travel Expos several times a year, so keep an eye out for advertisements in the media and on social media. It is a great way to gather information and make comparisons prior to actually buying anything. There is usually not the same pressure or hard sell that you experience from walking into a salesroom or travel agency. You can just browse at your leisure. However be warned! It does give one a strong urge to want to travel, so make sure you take your willpower with you and maybe leave your credit card at home!
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!