Our First Hippie Road Trip Giveaway WINNERS!

As you know, Hippie is currently running a fantastic competition giving away iPads, cameras and videos. We know it’s a bit late  – but we’d like to showcase the winners of our first giveaway.

First, this AWESOME photo from Cathrine Borsand scored her a Canon Compact Camera:

Hippie Camper July Photo Winner

In the wordsmith stakes,  Carolyn and Ben Opps took out the Apple iPad with this great blog post:  The Mystery Machine vs. Oz

Meanwhile, we gave Steven Sander a Sony Handycam for his creative  (and topical) videography efforts. Check it out! Hippie Master Chef
Remember – if you’re renting a Hippie YOU could be the next lucky winner… so get those photos, vids, and stories in!

Behind the scenes: Hippie Camper photo shoot

Recently, the Hippie marketing team was asked to organise a photo shoot starring two of our sweet Hippie Deluxe campervans. We enlisted the help of some real life backpackers as models, and took the vans to some of our favourite Brisbane spots for a fun afternoon shoot.

T & J Harradine Productions did a top job showcasing our rental campervans. The weather was perfect and Emer (from Ireland), Amy (from England) and Mark (from good old Australia) were all fantastic models. They really made the Hippies look awesome (not that they didn’t already…)

We look forward to sharing more of the amazing photos on our website over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here are a couple of samples (from behind the scenes and the finished product):

Hippie Campers Amy and Emer
Hippie Campers Amy and Emer
Setting up for another great shot
Setting up for another great shot

Our models enjoying some hard earned snacks!

Hippie Campers Mark & Emer

Are you in Brisbane next Tuesday?

Hi everyone,

Hippie Camper is looking for some real life backpackers in Brisbane to star in a photo shoot for Hippie Camper on Tuesday the 13th of July. We’re looking for guys and girls. If you’re interested, please email media@hippiecamper.com with a photo of yourself.

It should be a fun day, and no previous modelling experience is required, just confidence and a big smile! We will of course compensate you for your time.

5 MORE tips for travelling in the Hippie Deluxe

As promised, today we are continuing our feature on travelling in the ever popular Hippie Deluxe.

You can read our first 5 tips here.

Now, on to our campervan rental insider tips:

Avoid manual meltdown. The good news is, Hippie Deluxe campervans are compact and easy to drive for most. However, if you’re not used to driving with manual transmission you may want to practice by borrowing a mate’s car before you pick up the vehicle.

You may be driving on a different side of the road or in different road conditions than usual, so the more practice the better. Safety first! Check out Brock’s video below – he loved his Hippie trip, but found the manual transmission a little daunting!

Brock\’s thoughts on driving a manual campervan

Remember to recharge. Australia and New Zealand have extensive networks of Campgrounds and Caravan Parks with amenities and facilities to make your stay comfortable and safe. While you have to pay to stay at caravan parks, Hippie customers are entitled to discounts at many. Also, you will have the opportunity to recharge your batteries when you stay at a powered site. Remember, free camping is not permitted everywhere.

Be weatherproof. Whether you’re travelling in Australia (beautiful one day, torrential rain the next) or New Zealand (four seasons in one day), it pays to weatherproof your road trip by making a few simple provisions. We recommend you bring: gumboots (wellingtons), a rain poncho (much easier to transport than umbrellas), entertainment such as books and games, some great music, and some long lasting snacks.

Hydrate. Australia and New Zealand are both relatively safe countries, but both are subject to extreme weather conditions. Always take plenty of water wherever you go, whether you are hiking or even just walking. If you go on a bush walk, also remember to let someone know where you are going.

Use your discounts. If you’re travelling along the East Coast of Australia, The Hippie Camper team will give you a touring map featuring many great discount offerings for your trip. You may have even already planned to visit some of the attractions listed, so why not save your cash and use them? You can see some of the discount offers here.

Hippie Touring Map

Thanks for reading our Hippie Camper Deluxe travel tips! See you next time…