There’s nothing better than getting out on the open road and exploring places from a new perspective. A road trip can also be a pretty economical way to travel…if you do it right. You’ll have the freedom to design your itinerary and will have your own transport. You can even get awesome road trip apps that will help you find cheap gas and the best routes.
If you’re planning a road trip this year, or want to discover hidden gems off the beaten track closer to home, here are five tips for a road trip on a budget:
Buy or Rent a Used Vehicle
If you’re going to rent or buy a new vehicle for your trip, consider going used. It’s much cheaper than buying a new car and you can get more bang for your buck. You could buy a used truck online, for example, and then you’ll be good to go.
If you buy from a reputable dealership you can ensure the vehicle will be in good condition and certified.
Look for Cheap or Free Activities
When planning your itinerary think of fun free activities you can do. On a road trip you’ll have more freedom to explore remote areas of natural beauty, so why not plan a hike somewhere? You could even pack a picnic.
Many towns and cities also have free or low-cost culture activities and you can visit places of local interest without spending much.
Consider Low-Cost Accommodation
You could find the best places to stay on a road trip that will also save you money. If you like, you could try camping. There are plenty of sites dotted around that you can easily drive to. You can either bring your own tent or rent one.
Camping is ideal for a road trip because you can pack whatever you need in the car.
Get Technology Working for You
Check out some of the best road trip apps before you set off on your adventure. These will help you plan and replan your route, find cheap gas and rest stops, and more. They’re particularly useful if you need a contingency plan due to traffic or road conditions. Most apps will send you notifications with this sort of information. This way you won’t have to waste time and money taking a less convenient route.
Take Your Own Food
Take snacks for the trip rather than eating at restaurants. Often gas station or rest stop food is overpriced and this will save you money. Here are some great road trip food ideas. Another cool thing about going on a road trip is that you can find places to eat off the beaten path. You can sample local cuisine for a much cheaper price than heading to chain restaurants. If you pack snacks just in case, you’ll have more time to explore and discover these hidden gems.
With a bit of organization, you can save plenty of money on your road trip, and it will still be the experience of a lifetime.
*Photos by Taryn Elliott