Last Updated on December 18, 2020© pixabay Many people opt for road trips because they allow them to be in control of everything. When traveling by train or plane, you’re limited to certain circumstances. For example, there are no stops in between, and it can be way more expensive than driving. When preparing for a road trip, money should always be taken into consideration. So without any further ado, let’s check some of the best road trip tips that you can use to save money!
1. Set your budget and stick with it.
The best way to set your budget is to come up with a checklist of everything that you’re going or might spend money on. For example, gas and other car expenses, food and accommodation are the most important categories, where you’re going to spend the most money. Then you can also set a budget for activities, souvenirs and so on. Once you have a budget for each category, add everything up, and see your final budget. Once you have your final budget, don’t forget to add some extra money if you need it for an emergency. The key here is to never spend more than the desired budget. Extra tip: To have the most accurate budget, you also need to research your destination and its prices since they may vary.
2. Divide everything with your friends
If you’re not traveling alone, things become way easier. All the expenses won’t fall just on your head, but also on your companions for the trip. While food and accommodation expenses may not vary, the gas you’re spending is the same whether there’s only one person inside the car or five. Extra tip: Before the road trip, make sure you and your trip mates have Venmo, Zelle, or other money transfer apps installed so you can split expenses amongst each other within seconds.
3. Bring all the food you can from home
Normally, road trips are meant to last for a while. At some point, someone will get hungry, and everyone will stop at the nearest coffee to grab something to eat. This type of action will only waste your time and money. Besides, if you have space in your car, you should bring all the food you can to eat throughout your trip, not just the driving bit. Loads of water, coffee, snacks like cookies, apples, or nuts are things that can easily survive bad weather conditions. Therefore, they are great items that you can bring from home and still manage to save a good amount of money in the end. Extra tip: Get yourself a reusable, stainless-steel bottle to store water and other cold or hot liquids.