Summer road trips are an American tradition and if done right can be a great way to take a vacation without having to spend a lot of money.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the road
The last thing you need when you are trying to save money on a trip is a huge unexpected expense like a major car problem in the middle of nowhere. Before you take a road trip, make sure you get your car inspected to prevent any unforeseen problems. Not only will this save you the headache of a potential problem, but preventative maintenance like having your oil and tires checked can save you money on gas.
- Be flexible with where you stay
Many times you can find great last minute deals on places to stay. Whether it be a vacation rental or a hotel, if you are flexible you can often find some great deals. But, make sure you are prepared if nothing is available. Plan ahead and look for campsites or other places you can pitch a tent. Camping can also be a great chance to enjoy the great outdoors while saving a pretty penny.
- Use apps to find the best deal on gas
Gas is going to be one of your biggest expenditures on a road trip. Utilize mobile apps like GasBuddy to not only find the cheapest gas in the area you are in, but to also calculate fuel costs for your trip.
- Bring and make your own food
Prepare ahead of time and stock up on non-perishable essentials that you can snack on throughout your trip. Not having to pay gas station prices for snacks and finding grocery stores along the way to buy meals at will save you a ton of money over your trip.
- Plan activities ahead of time
You don’t have to figure everything out in advance, but having a good idea of what you’d like to do along the way and researching costs is a great way to save some money. Many times activities are cheaper during the weekdays. Sometimes you can find great deals at sites like Groupon or directly through the company hosting whatever activity you are interested in doing.