A road trip is an exciting experience filled with epic memories that you will cherish all your life. One of the key ingredients to any road trip is to properly assess the funds for the trip itself as part of your road trip planning. Too many people have visions of grandeur while on a road trip only to discover that their vision does not reflect the reality of the money situation. And running out of money (as we all known) can go very quick.. Ouch! Some road trip budget tips would have come in handy beforehand!
But don’t worry. You do not have to be wealthy in order to have a great road trip. I am planning to do The Trip 2017 on a tight budget and I plan to show you along the way how to save money. Any road trip can be done on practically any budget as long as you know how to budget properly.
I wrote down 3 important road trip budget tips that allow you to save money on your next road trip.
The general way to budget for fuel prices to have a clear understanding of your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Before embarking on your road trip, take the time to examine how far your vehicle will take you on a tank of gas. To help you further within your budgeting conundrum, be sure that all tires are properly inflated (check the manual for the exact numbers) , you have had a recent oil change, and all fluids within the vehicle are at the proper level. These may seem like small things but when you are logging so many miles on your vehicle, it is the small things that add up to larger expenses. Like being stuck..in the middle of nowhere…with you crush!
Where you purchase your fuel will also have an impact on how much you pay. Large cities tend to have inflated fuel costs and even name brand gas stations will increase the price just because they can. When looking for a place to fuel up, often it is the out of the way and off brand places that offer the best value. Even if you are not among the many people that look for the cheapest fuel, you may want to while on a road trip. Remember, little things. Small change adds up to big bucks. Petrol prices is a great website you can use to check out the best fuel prices in your area. It is easy to use and can easily safe you up to 10 $ per tank.
2. You Have to Eat
One of the largest expenses for people is generally their food consumption. You will pass an endless stream of eateries that temp you with delicious aromas, but you must not always heed the call. A cooler for drinks and cold items along with various protein packed snacks will allow your road trip money to stretch quite a large distance. If you must eat at a restaurant sometimes, make sure that you utilize the specials offered by most restaurants.
The website Coupons and Groupon have a great overview of which restaurants and fast food chains offer discounts. Lunch specials are usually your best option while on a road trip as these tend to be quite budget friendly. Dinner time is the most expensive time of the day to eat and breakfast can be light in the form of a pastry, bagel, or just a simple bowl of cereal at the campsite or in the hotel lobby.
Some hotels do offer free breakfast to their guests. This is a great way to keep some of your road trip money to yourself, but be sure to not spend too much on the best hotel suite just to get free breakfast. There are a few hotel chains that toy with the idea of serving dinner to their guests as well free of charge. These are still hard to find, but it can be a real money saver when you are on a road trip to utilize as many food services as possible. The dinner may not be 5 star, but it will get you by.
3. Where to Stay
There are a few schools of thought when it comes to finding cheap accommodation while on a road trip. Some people pack up the camping gear and rough it for the entire time. This can certainly be the most budget conscious option, but you will have to give up certain creature comforts. Campgrounds that have a lot of amenities tend to be more expensive, but if all you require is a shower, you can usually camp for next to nothing per night.
The other option will be more expensive, but if you know how to save, you can make it work for you as well. One of the best tools you have in your corner, it the fact that hotel chains tend to compete for the best price. Shopping online at discount websites like booking.com or hotel.com will allow you to pick the hotel you want to stay at for the price you are budgeted for.
There you have it..
While on your road trip, you may have to stick to a strict budget, but the best thing about any road trip is that the views do not cost anything. All of your entertainment can be comprised of the many road side attractions and if you budget correctly, you will have memories to savor for the rest of your life.
Keep on driving (and saving that money!) , my fellow road trippers!