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1. Do your research
A good guidebook or other independent source of travel information will enrich your trip, helping you pinpoint rewarding experiences and illuminate the places you travel to. If the trail runs cold, visit a local tourist office – their staff will point you in the right direction.
2. Pack the essentials
There's plenty of storage on board a maui motorhome, but it will pay to pack your luggage in soft bags so you can stow it under the seat once you've unpacked everything. Our adventure holiday must-haves include: torch, penknife (for picnics), sturdy shoes, woollen clothing, raincoat, insect repellent, sun hat and sunscreen.
3. Carry a road atlas
While digital navigation devices such as GPS are a godsend – particularly when it comes to getting you out of a pickle in urban situations, or finding activities and attractions (like you can with the maui In-Vehicle Tablet) – a road atlas is handy as back-up. Easily readable, reliable, and practical for pre-trip planning, printed maps give you the big picture. We never embark on a roadtrip without one.
4. Relish the journey
A tight timetable will wreak havoc on your adventure holiday. Bear in mind that driving times are often much longer than the distance chart suggests, especially if you want to stop and smell the roses. Follow a realistic route while making the most of the flexibility a campervan allows. Campsite bookings are only required at the busiest holiday spots in peak season, allowing you to explore, detour, and linger when you hit a highlight.
5. Mix up your camps
Australia has thousands of vehicle-accessible campsites, ranging from free or low-cost state and national park camps, to the relative luxury of upmarket caravan parks. To experience Australian camping and the outdoors from as many angles as possible, stay at a range of camps – your maui motorhome is set up for every situation.
6. Embrace your fellow campers
The folks sharing your campsite are a valuable source of travel information – from what's hot to what's not, which walkway was closed or which cafe had great cake. Fortunately, the relaxed, communal environment encourages personal interaction – you may be sharing a wine and swapping addresses before you know it.
7. Look for farmers' markets
Enjoy a real taste of Australia by loading up with fresh produce and artisan goodies such as bread, fruit, cheese and chocolate. Local market days are listed at the Australian Farmers' Markets Association. While you're at it, keep an eye out for wineries and breweries if a tipple tickles your fancy.
8. Think picnic
The beauty of a maui's onboard kitchen is that a picnic can happen pretty much anywhere, anytime. Park somewhere picturesque, then pop on the kettle and raid the fridge. Voila!
9. Embrace the night
The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down, especially if you're 10 years old and you've never camped on the edge of the bush before. Rug up warm, grab the torch, go for a walk to find a possum, or stoke up the fire pit if that's allowed. Or maybe just stare at the night sky – the ultimate in broadening your horizons.