Overseas or in the islands, it makes less sense.
If you are moving slowly along the coast with long stops, it works pretty good.
A pickup makes a lot of sense as you can haul stuff and use it as extra storage
We've asked and marinas
have let us leave the truck for a couple weeks at a time as we move to the next long term destination
(couple weeks or more) and they have never charged us. For long term storage
, we have found between $10-50/month for storage. We have stored with friends and family
for free and it worked out great as they had a backup for when thier cars were in the shop.
If you are talking about buying
and insuring a new car, it's cheaper to rent but get an old truck that looks ugly but runs good and it's not much.
A couple of additional thoughts:
- Credit card insurance
for rentals is typically suplemental not primary so make sure you are covered with a primary insurance
or you could be on the hook for a big bill.
- If you go without a car for more than a year, when you come back you are considered a non-driver and your insurance will be thru the roof for 6-12 months, so if you are looking at a single
year sabatical, it may be cheaper to keep an old car insured.