Unless you’re Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, you’re probably looking for ways to cut spending while traveling. I get it- traveling costs a lot of money, but it’s just SO MUCH FUN.
I wish I could do it more often, but my planning usually stops when I start to realize how much it will all cost. Luckily, road trips can be a great way for families to enjoy a vacation together and can even (when done properly) cost significantly less than other travel options.
How Do I Save Money On A Road Trip?
Before you get started, plan out your trip. This alone will save money. Plan out a route that makes sense so you’re not aimlessly driving toward nothing.
Mapping out your journey not only shows you where you want to go, but it can also help you plan fun activities along the way. Be sure to book hotels beforehand to avoid paying those walk-in prices that can sometimes really break the bank. Better yet, bring a tent or split on a vacation rental with another family. You’ll have to sleep somewhere eventually, and if you’re careful, it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Another thing you can do before you even begin is to make sure your car is in working order. A simple oil change, belt check, tire pressure check, and other simple maintenance tasks can be far less costly than a full-on disaster on the road. Be smart and head out onto the road with a safe car that can get you from point A to point B without any issues.
One thing I like to do with my family is to prepare food options beforehand. Sure, we could eat out for every meal, but that’s expensive and makes us feel like garbage after awhile.
I bring my own snacks (hit up your bulk section or go to Costco for great deals) and I sometimes even make a dozen or so sandwiches for the cooler. We can eat these throughout our trip and save a ton on food.
I guess the moral of the story is this: plan ahead before you go on a road trip. Unless you’ve got lots of expendable income, this is a crucial part of saving money. Do your research. Shop around. Taking these steps will help you make wonderful memories for your family without going into debt.