It seems like there are almost a million questions that need to be addressed while planning an extended vacation.
We’ve been there (multiple times). We have written about planning for a long trip in the past, do stuff when you’re on the road, what to do with your pets on a break, preparing lists, selling your property online before you leave.
Over the years, we’ve been asked many times what we do with our car while we’re on track, so we wrote this to give you some suggestions and their pros and cons. Only know that everyone’s case is particular and that what works for us might not be the best for you.
Short-term disposal of cars
If you’re just going for a couple of weeks, you can only leave your car in your garage, driveway or parking lot and find a friend or a cab to take you to the airport. You can get either permission your vehicle at the airport or, better yet, off the airport lot that offers free shuttle service to the airport. Off-airport parking lots are typically half the price of leaving your car directly at the airport and only cost an extra 15 or 20 minutes.
You’re curious about what it costs to park at your airport?
Check out this site – AirportParkingReservations.com – they also have some friendly airport parking offers and cover various Australian airports. Best still, they mention off-airport parking lots and several nearby hotels that provide airport parking to non-guests. You can also get a hotel and parking package if you need to stay overnight.
Two weeks to a matter of months
If you’re successful in being gone for a few weeks to a couple of months and can’t leave your car at home, ask for long-term rates until you quit your vehicle with a ton. And those airport shuttle destinations have better offers on long-term travel if you discuss the fares with them beforehand.
You may even imagine parking your car on the road outside a friend’s house for a long time to come—the risk of being towed or destroyed increases with each extra day. As cars are a bit of an investment (if a diminishing one) you do not want to leave it too exposed.
Long-term disposal of cars
You’re going to need a long-term storage option when you’ve been travelling for at least a few months year and beyond. Unlike short-term visitors, you may be renting your house out or storing your stuff in storage, so it’s not easy to park your car in the garage.