September 2016 Q&A Tours: Spaceships Campervan Rentals
For this month’s Q&A we tracked down the lovely Michael Arthur, Spaceships Campervan Rentals’ Sales and Operations Manager for UK and Europe. An Aussie born and bred, Michael has been working for Spaceships in the UK for the past three years. We asked him to tell us a bit more about Spaceships, as well as delving into his own travel antics…
1. When did Spaceships start up in New Zealand and when did Spaceships arrive in the UK?
Spaceships originated in New Zealand in 2005. In 2008 Spaceships was launched in Australia with depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. In 2009 we celebrated the launch of Spaceships UK & Europe. We now operate over 700 vehicles through 11 depots globally.
2. What inspired the founder to set it up?
In short we asked customers what they wanted in a vehicle for their holiday. We took this feedback and went out and found the most suitable vehicle to fill the niche between a rental car and a campervan rental. We then added the customised features to make it the ultimate vehicle – like a good car to drive with more useful features than a campervan – the Swiss army knife of campers!
3. Where are your UK pick up points?
We have 3 depots within the UK (London, Edinburgh & Dublin) and two within Europe (Barcelona & Rome). Customers are able to travel anywhere within the EU at no extra cost.
4. What are your most popular pick up points?
It depends on the time of year, however London is our largest depot and the base for our head office. Edinburgh & Dublin are extremely popular throughout the summer months however.
5. How would you describe your campervans in three words?
Unique, adventurous, freedom.
6. What makes campervans such a great way to travel?
The freedom to explore the UK and Europe at your own pace. No other travel option provides you with the flexibility of a campervan. Stop where you want, when you want. Importantly hiring a Campervan is also a cost effective way to travel for those on a budget.
7. What backpacking experiences have you had?
Prior the moving to the UK I spent 5 months travelling through South East Asia & the sub continent.
9. What’s your favourite travel memory?
I would have to say trekking solo through the Himalayas for a month back in 2013 would be at the top of my list. If I was to pinpoint a single memory, I had the opportunity to tag along with the Nepalese army for a day over a challenging mountain pass which was a great experience. The scenery combined with the sense of accomplishment will be hard to top for years to come.
10. Finally, what’s your favourite tipple?
Nice glass of Australian Shiraz or a Brooklyn larger should do the trick.