Minivans, Wagons, or also called Station Wagons are a great way to explore the USA.
Minivans are often underrated as they are not really a traditional car yet also are not a camper. But there are many benefits to renting a Minivan and hitting the road to see some of the best destinations America has to offer.
Minivans are a very cheap way to explore the US. Minivan rentals start from $25/day – that’s right – $25/day! And even in peak season – Christmas & New Years – you are looking at a maximum of around $55/day. You will not find a rental car at such a cheap rate. It costs less than a case of beer!!! And imagine you are traveling with a group of friends and can divide the costs…it’s a real bargain.
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS
Minivans can fit up to 5 people (depending on model sometimes more) – it is very roomy and is suitable for solo travelers, a couple, a group of friends, or a family! Dividing the costs among 2 to 5 people makes renting a Minivan one of the most economical ways to explore the United States.
Minivans offer a lot of space! You can fit a large number of suitcases, bags, and other luggage into the vehicle’s back. Again – depending on how many people will be traveling – you won’t be struggling with storage space compared to a campervan.
All Minivans are automatic, which allows for a hassle-free ride around the US. Minivans are more compact than a campervan, allowing more people to rent a minivan as not everyone is comfortable driving the larget campervans.
Minivans will give you plenty of overnight options:
1. Camping – you can take your tent, sleeping bags & mattress and have an amazing camping trip. If you book with Travellers Autobarn you can rent a tent & cooking gear directly from us – you only need to bring a sleeping bag & mattress
2. Backend – Minivans are so big that you can comfortably sleep in the back of a vehicle. You can push the back seats down and place a mattress in the rear that you can sleep on (please note you will need to bring or purchase a mattress.) Back in the 80s & 90s, this was the preferred option for traveling around the United States.
3. Hotels – The Minivan can simply function as a car, and you stay in hotels, motels, or hostels every night.
Traveling with kids can sometimes be tricky, depending on their age. If a child is under 8 years old in the US, you have limited options when renting a campervan. Minivans are suitable for families with kids from the age of 6 months (some even from the age of 1 month) plus provide plenty of space for a baby stroller in the rear.
Minivans are a great way to explore the entire United States and are by far the cheapest way to road trip!
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You may also enjoy our Van Life Guide for Beginners: Traveling Around the United States in a Campervan or our article about Campervans vs Motorhomes/RVs – what the difference?
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.