The greatness of the grey nomad lifestyle
Between 2009 and 2014, the number of campervans per 1,000 people in Australia increased by 19.8 per cent – more than most other types of vehicle, save for motorbikes and light trucks. There are now more than 55,000 of these motor homes roaming Australia, suggesting a renewed fervour for the mobile lifestyle.
This could signal a rise in the number of grey nomads across the country, those over 65 who are embarking on a journey across Australia. Taking out a vehicle loan for a campervan and carrying everything wherever you go is a great way to experience what you want, when you want – but what in particular makes this lifestyle so appealing?
It's good for your health
Embarking on a grey nomad adventure means you can escape the trappings of everyday life, and choose your own path to the next destination in your life. This liberation can actually be good for your health, according to Dr Brian Morton, the chair of the Australian Medical Association's council of general practitioners.
He told thegreynomads.com.au that this lifestyle can be especially invigorating, which in turn creates benefits for mental and physical health – including up to six years on your life! If you're in a sound financial position the securing of the right vehicle financing can also be a breeze, allowing you to embark as soon as you want.
It's a one stop shop
Having a motor home or campervan doesn't just afford you the opportunity to have cooking and living facilities in the comfort of your own vehicle – it's actually a requirement. The Queensland Department of Transport notes that without permanent cooking amenities, storage areas or even a fire extinguisher, a campervan may not be approved.
Even the law has your back, making sure that everything you need for this big adventure is in place before you set out.
Your vehicle, your journey, your rules
The most refreshing part of the grey nomad lifestyle is arguably the unlimited choice you have when you set out. Whether it's the raw red beauty of the Kimberley or the rugged countryside in the Snowy Mountains, you can pick a destination and make it yours, staying as close to the scenery as you want – no need to stay in hotels in the city or sub-standard hostels.
Of course, if this is the lifestyle for you, it's important to get the right vehicle with the right price. Speaking to a finance specialist at AAA Finance is a great first step to get you on the way. Our panel of 23 lenders are sure to provide you with an appropriate option to purchase a campervan, and it can be turned around in as little as 24 hours.