A couple of years ago we decided to invest in a Motorhome. Our motivations were varied but the biggest decider for us was based on value for money (VFM). You can see our full thought process here.
After finding the joys of Snowboarding at a relatively late age, 30 something/ ish, we noticed after a few seasons we were spending an inordinate amount of money on accommodation. It was our single biggest outlay each trip even if we tried to go for basic digs. Closely followed by lift passes obviously!
In the space of 3 seasons we spent an estimated £10k on hotels/ chalets/ apartments etc. Granted we did spend roughly 12 weeks on the snow in that time frame but it was money “down the drain”. Sure the lodgings were nice and well located but there had to be a cheaper way to still scratch our snow itch.
This season we decided to balance the books and see just how much better off we were financially.
Our Hymer B544 cost us more than 10k buts its an investment and they seem to hold their value generally. We can at any point sell it and cash in. We can’t however, do that with the money spent so far paying off other peoples mortgages!
So how much better off are we?
The following represents our actual spend for a two adult, 16 day trip to the French Alps over Christmas and New years in 2018. We didn’t scrimp and we didn’t go out of our way to look for cheaper alternatives in terms of travel to the resorts (ferries/ tolls etc) or food. We spent what we wanted, when we wanted. We boarded for a total of 10 days of the 16 and we visited 4 different resorts.
|Flot Blue (servicing)||€10.50|
So – how much would that trip have cost IF we had been paying for accommodation. How much extra would we need to spend if we had not taken our Motor Home?
As a buyer by profession I am always looking for a deal so my cost assumptions below take that into account. I have assumed I would scrimp and save. For example we would have flown and not driven as that works out cheaper (not by much but the pennies soon add up!). I would have needed to scrimp and save too as the accommodation costs would have battered our savings.
Below is a rough estimate to give you an idea.
I have changed a number of assumptions (with descriptions provided) in an effort to save some money where we could. I have also assumed the trip would have been less fancy free (aka more frugal) as I try to balance our books in light of the accommodation bill. Having said that my assumed accommodation costs are a best case scenario as I fear you would be hard pressed to find flexible accommodation for €100 per night peak season! You may however be a much better buyer then me so kudos if you can work your negotiating prowess!
|Food||€ 400.00||Slightly more as would have to |
buy more food in France and not
take with us from the UK
|Fuel||€ 160.00||For the hire car x 15 days|
|Ski passes||€ 849.20||Same|
|Tolls||€ 80.00||Reduced as less driving in France|
|Eating out||€ 275.11||Same|
|Accomodation||€ 1,500.00||for 15 nights in 4 resorts average €100pn |
(best case but unlikely in peak season for
|Car Hire||€ 394.00||Economy for 15 days|
|Flights||€ 260.00||London Heathrow To Geneva |
excluding extra baggage allowance
So in a motorhome cost us €2,693.34 and in hotels etc Would have cost us €4,027.57
The simple above illustration suggests that overall we would have needed to spend an extra €1334.23 for a similar holiday without our Hymer.
Interesting food for thought!
Based on this rough calculation – our up front motorhome investment will be recouped in around 3 winter seasons. Assuming obviously we continue to use up our entire annual leave allowance searching and playing on the white stuff!
That does not even cover the countless pennies we have saved being able to use our home on wheels for the rest of the year! Only a few months ago we rocked up for my God Mothers Birthday and parked our bus on her drive to avoid a taxi/ hotel cost!
Love our little life AND saving the pennies! 🙂 Money in the bank as they say!
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