Getting on the road makes you feel free. Even though you probably know where you want to go and what you want to see, the best part of the trip is the time you spend getting there and the things you see along the way. That’s why so many people love taking road trips – it’s not the destination but the journey that really counts (although, of course, it can be both).
Yet sometimes, budget can cause an issue. If you don’t have enough cash to really enjoy a road trip, is there any point in going? The answer is yes; you can have a great time even on a limited budget. Read on to find out more.
Book Things In Advance
There is a lot to be said about the fun of spontaneity, and a road trip is certainly a good time to experience that. However, it’s best not to leave everything to chance. Just as you might take period delay tablets before your trip to ensure you’re not distracted along the way, it’s a good idea to get organized about what you’re seeing and where you’re staying too. At least for the most part.
The truth is that very often, you can get lower prices on activities, tourist attractions, and hotels if you book ahead of time rather than opting to get tickets on the day. If you book the main elements of your trip in advance and leave a few things up to chance and spontaneity, you can save money and have a great time.
As with the above idea, this money-saving tip will come down to planning. There are a number of toll roads in the country, and depending on where you are and where you’re heading, you might come across one or even more than one. Although it might not seem like a lot of money when you’re paying the toll, it can all add up, and that cash might represent a meal or a ticket to an attraction, for example.
If you plan your route carefully (allowing for diversions and changes in plan, of course), you can avoid toll roads as much as possible. This might mean you have to take smaller back roads, but there is a certain joy in this, even if the journey takes longer. You’ll see a lot more of the country, and you might even spot an attraction you would otherwise have missed on the main roads.
If you want to save money, you should stay away from hotels and hostels as much as possible. Save them for cities where you’ll need a safe, comfortable bed and there isn’t much choice.
Take a tent with you when you cross the country and keep a close eye on the free camping apps. You can always find a free place to camp and a place to shower and use the bathroom. This could save you a huge amount of money and it’s certainly something that can add to the experience and make your road trip a lot more fun.