I have been dreaming of grabbing a van and trekking around the country with a few close friends for as long as I can remember. Currently I’d love to make a drive through the National Parks or up the west coast from California to Canada.
While I’m definitely jealous of anyone who already owns the perfect roadtrip mobile (my sister, this couple), I recently learned that you don’t have to spring for a new vehicle or expensive rental. A great travel hack is to take advantage of relocation rentals.
Basically rental companies need to relocate cars, campervans, RVs, you name it, to meet demand or return vehicles after one way journeys. They have two options: pay a driver to return the vehicle to its origin or rent it out to road trippers for a small fee. The second option is a win-win – the rental companies save on the relocation fee and you get a cheap roadtrip.
Imoova.com is the largest relocation agent across Australia and New Zealand, and has expanded their services in the US and Canada. You can travel to various destinations for as low as $1 a day and they often offer incentive money to cover fuel costs.
I’d love to drive their San Francisco to Dallas route and stop to see a few sites and friends along the way. Imoova also offers routes on the east coast occasionally, so I’ll have to keep an eye on their site. It would be a great (and inexpensive) way to explore some of the cities I’ve never visited before.
If you want to give this a try for yourself, Thrifty Nomads has put together an extensive guide for finding relocation deals.
Where would your dream roadtrip take you?