How to Save While Road-Tripping

How to Save While Road-Tripping

Road trips can be a great way to spend a vacation and get to know places and people that you wouldn’t have otherwise. From hitting the open road in RV rentals to trusting your car to carry you the whole way, a road trip can be an experience that you will never forget, especially when you go on one with family or friends.

Yet as fun as they can be, road trips do require having a good amount of money stashed for food, gas, and campgrounds or lodgings. In order to help you make the most of the experience and save money while doing it, we have compiled some tips on ways you can have a great time and not go broke doing it.

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5 Easy Ways

    • Make a budget for your trip. It’s easy to overspend when you have no plan on how and what you will be spending on. When you make a budget, you can set aside what you are willing to spend and stick to it, but don’t forget that apart from budgeting for gas and essentials, also set aside money for fun. After all, that is what your road trip is all about.
    • Pack snacks and shop at groceries stores. Eating out on your whole road trip will cost you more money than you would think. While you will definitely want to stop at great restaurants along the way in order to try new food, packing snacks and food for the road will help you to avoid splurging unnecessarily. Of course, unless you have a refrigerator in your RV, packing perishable food is not a good idea. To avoid meals that can cost up to $15.00 at a roadside restaurant, shop at low-priced grocery stores for food that you can eat on the road.
    • Plan where you will stay, ahead of time. Take some time before embarking on your trip to plan where you will park and hookup if you are traveling in an Apollo RV or in which hotels you will spend the night if traveling by car. Unless you want to spend a few days at a nice resort, find motels that are clean yet affordable for the nights that you will just be passing through.  If you like camping, you can also find highly affordable campgrounds where you will be sure to save some money. Just make sure to pack a tent.

  • Check out apps and reward cards. Some banks provide credit card users with cash back rewards which can be used towards gas or there are also apps that can help travelers know where the more affordable gas prices can be found on their route. These simple yet helpful factors can make a difference on your road trip.
  • Pack everything you can think of needing. If you are planning a trip where you know you will be hiking, camping, or outdoors, there are many things that you will want to bring with you that can be more expensive when bought at a roadside gift shop. Items that you will want to purchase before leaving could be:
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • All toiletries
  • Hiking shoes
  • Towels
  • Bottled water
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