Family commitments, mobility and medical issues, driving a larger vehicle, being without a partner or the encroaching years can prevent many from experiencing this great Australian quest. But this has now changed with a unique new business where it’s possible to book a large chauffeured motorhome for your very own personal escape into the world of the gypsies.
Chauffeured Motorhomes offers the opportunity for those normally unable to indulge the dream to finally be able to hit the highways on that big road trip, from a two day escape to a 4 week adventure.
Graham and Julie Meyer retired to live the easy life, lots of travel and no work. “But we felt we needed more in our lives,” Graham said. “We’ve seen a lot of Australia, want to see more and we love sharing our experiences with others. The chauffeured motorhome concept seemed a great way to do both.”
The Meyers’ searched the market place to find the right vehicle. “It had to be comfortable and safe for older guests or guests with mobility issues,” Julie said. “It had to have the resources to stay in remote bush camps for extended periods, it had to be luxurious, it had to offer guests en-suite facilities and, an absolute essential, a good chef’s kitchen.”
The vehicle they settled on is one of the larger American motorhomes designed specifically for Australia. “It’s got a flat floor right from the cockpit back to the en-suite unit with queen sized bed at the rear,” Graham said, “and whilst it can sleep and seat eight our maximum number for tours is four. The ability to seat eight allows our guests to invite new friends they meet on the road aboard for a night of socialising.”
Unlike most other forms of tours the guests with Chauffeured Motorhomes are in charge of the trip. “Whilst there are pre-planned routes that some people are happy to take others see them as just a guide," Julie said. “Guests can design their own itinerary, request stops as often as they like with detours adding to the experience. To put it simply, Graham and I are their hosts for the duration of the ride, they have hired the vehicle and our services, we strive to see they have a memorable journey doing what they want to do.”
When asked why people prefer a motorhome tour Graham said, “Many forms of travel can be exhausting, even for the physically fit. On a chauffeured motorhome the guests get out of bed when they are ready, there’s no early morning calls. We can even do breakfast in bed. There’s no serious timetable. Stops are as often and for as long as desired when on the road. After an evening around a campfire in a remote bush setting guests can climb a couple of steps, have a hot shower and hop into a very comfortable queen sized bed. But I think the biggest issue is luggage. When the guests are picked up their luggage is unpacked, contents put into wardrobes and drawers in their private cabin then the luggage disappears until the end of the journey. It’s the comfort of a cruise ship cabin but on the highway.”
Operators available for interviews, demonstrations, test rides and media.
The Chauffeured Motorhomes concept comes from the proprietors working as volunteers for a community bus service. They have found seniors to be mentally alert but many are restricted, frustrated and desperate because they are unable to take holidays or travel because of being alone, mobility or medical issues.
The proprietors, Graham & Julie Meyer retired from retail and service business in 2006. They had been in the chauffeured tours industry previously with Harley Tours and Sidecar Tours. After 5 years of retirement they decided to re-enter the work force with the Motorhome Tours for Seniors concept. This business, to the best of their knowledge, is a first for Australia. (and maybe the world)
Whilst the tours primary market is seniors they will accommodate anyone wishing to travel.
P: 08 8556 2007
Julie MeyerP: 08 8556 2007