Send in your holiday saving tips.
off the Smell of an Oily Rag
- Did you know there is a network
of couch swappers? There were in fact 3950 couches available in
New Zealand at the time of this posting! It works a bit like a
social networking site. You put up your profile, say you have a
couch available, and people make contact and sleep on your couch
when they are passing through on their travels. And of course
you can use any one of the members couches when you are cruising
around overseas. Have a look at www.couchsurfing.com.
- If you swap with family members then you donít
have to advertise and you should know whether your place will be looked
after or not. Ė A.C.
- There are lots of listing
services for those looking for house sitters or wanting to
swap their property with others in places near and far. House
swapping is a great way to get cheap accommodation and have
someone look after your house while you are away. Some of the
more interesting sites are: Home
Link International, Home
- When going out of town we
always check www.wotif.com
for motels and hotels. Great
rooms and really great prices.
We also use www.holidayhomes.co.nz
for when the whole family are going away for a few nights or
more. All 3 sites
have been very helpful and have saved a thousands in accommodation.
Just think...a house right on the beach...all your
family...sleeps 12 for around $170 a night.
That's $14 per person per night!!!
- Angela Allan
It's possible to cut travel costs and enjoy driving free rental
cars and campervans in New Zealand by checking out the online
transfer deals. Most of the time drivers also receive a free
tank of petrol! How does this work? Rental car companies need to
reposition their fleet for new hires and usually spend large
amounts of money to do this using trucks for transportation.
Having a free driver return the car to its home base is a
win-win - for the traveller and the rental company, and it works
well when combined with a cheap one-way flight. -
P.L., Auckland (Have a look at
- Oily Rag ed.)