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Tips for Road Tripping on a Budget

Tips for Road Tripping on a Budget

There’s no denying that prices are on the rise when it comes to some creature comforts. Everything from fuel to food has seen an increase over the last year, causing many people to cut back on their spending and take a closer look at their budgets.

The good news? You don’t have to give up your love of hitting the road just because you’re trying to save money.

Whether you’re taking your RV on a cross-country road trip or just want to head out to your favorite campground, we’ve got a few tips that can help you stay within your budget while still enjoying every second of the open road.

Set Your Budget Ahead of Time

The first thing you should do when you’re trying to save money on a road trip is actually set a budget. Cutting back on your spending is great, but you’re more likely to stick to that plan if you have specific numbers in mind.

Take a look at your finances and determine what you want to spend on your upcoming trip. Once you have that number in place, you can start to piece things together and decide how much you want to spend on fuel, food, sights, and experiences.

Pack as Much as Possible

One of the great things about traveling in an RV is that you can treat it as a home away from home. While it might be tempting to swing through the fast food drive-thru sometimes, or hitting up a local convenience store for necessities, you’ll end up spending a lot more money that way.

Bring as many supplies as possible from home – including food and toiletries.

Being able to cook your own food and avoiding expensive stores will quickly cut costs. With that being said, it’s okay to occasionally indulge. If you’re traveling to a place that’s well-known for its cuisine, go somewhere that allows you to experience it. You can’t go to Texas without trying some BBQ, and you can’t go to Maine without picking up a lobster roll!

Research Free Activities

One of the best parts about going on a road trip is experiencing different things. While some tours and attractions can cost a lot of money, a little bit of research will go a long way in saving you some green.

Many museums offer free admission, and you can always check out famous sights and attractions from different viewpoints without having to pay a fee to get in. You might be surprised by what the state has to offer that won’t cost you a thing!

These are just a few money-saving ideas to get you started. If you’re on a budget but you don’t want to give up camping or RVing, don’t be afraid to get creative with your spending/saving habits. You might be surprised at how much you can cut back without having to give up an ounce of family fun or adventure. Prices may be on the rise across the country, but there are plenty of ways you can still afford to do what you love while traveling. 

Dec 9th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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