The idea of taking a road trip in New Zealand by yourself can sometimes be daunting. For me personally, I think about all the things that can go wrong. What if I fall asleep on the bus and miss my stop, what if I get food poisoning on a hike, what if I get lost or get kidnapped? If you’re reading this and thinking, “he’s a bit of a pessimist”, you wouldn’t be wrong. Although some of you may have the same reservations, a lot of you aren’t worried about the same things I’m worried about, and that’s perfectly fine. You’re just a lot braver than me.
Despite all of your bravery, when it comes to sticking to a budget, we as solo adventurers probably share similar challenges. Renting a car for a road trip in New Zealand is expensive. Filling up gas is expensive. If you aren’t living out of your car then finding those accommodations can be pricey as well. As a lot of you already know, finding a travel buddy can be a perfect way to circumvent some of these costs. However, finding travel buddies or adventure buddies who are going to the same destinations on the same timeline is always difficult.
That brings me to Scarlett from the UK, while planning her multi-day road trip in Australia, she realized that she needed to find travel buddies to share costs with and that’s when Scarlett accidentally stumbled onto GAFFL. With GAFFL’s precision, she was able to find Amaia, another solo adventurer whose travel plans were similar. Together they were able to save $400 (each saving $200)!