Here in Canada, summer begins this weekend. Road tripping can be a great way to save money on travel, but there are a number of costs both obvious and hidden that can derail your budget. Want to save big on your next road trip? Follow these tips and you will.
Road trips for one are no fun. Share your expenses put traveling with friends or family. You can save on fuel, while sharing the cost of accommodation allows you to gain access to a hotel room, large rental house or condo at a lower cost per person. When it comes to attractions and entertainment, you could also benefit from group entry discounts. Life is better when shared with friends and you save a bundle!
Apps are your Best Friend
There are a number of smartphone apps specifically designed to help you, many of which are completely free to download! Try using apps like Gas Buddy to compare fuel prices, you can use an app like Yelp to read reviews of places where you might want to eat. Planning a picnic on your trip? You can change your location on your Flipp app bringing you the flyers of where you are so you can find the best deals while on the road.
Venture off the Beaten Road
Venturing off the beaten path is all part of the fun, but it can also leave you with few options when it comes to dining. In truly remote areas, you may be hard-pressed to find lunch outside of a rest stop vending machine. Bear in mind that these tend to carry steep prices and little nutritional value. As you start planning your journey, think ahead and locate larger supermarkets along the way where you can stock up on sandwich fixings and healthy snacks ahead of time. Remember with your Flipp app will have all the local deals making this a smart choice!
Fuel is one of the major expenses on a road trip. In addition to using apps to find cheaper fuel on your route, the type of car you drive and your driving style can reduce gas costs. Remember to have your car in for a routine check up before you hit the road. No one likes to have to visit a garage they do not know.
Once you hit that open road, remember use your cruise control and save as much as 35%. As well, avoid stop and go traffic, idling and blasting the air conditioning.
When you’re working out a budget for your next adventure, you’ll undoubtedly factor in costs like food, accommodation, and fuel. However, don’t forget the smaller costs that can really add up over the course of a few weeks. Bridge and road tolls are commonplace in many countries, and if you’re visiting big cities you’ll need to cough up money for secure parking garages while you go exploring. Many national parks and campgrounds also charge daily parking fees, so always try to have some spare change on hand.
Be Environmentally Friendly
Visiting a big city? Once you arrive where you are headed, park your car and take the local transit, walk or bike. Most cities have places where you can rent a bike for a few hours or even the full day. I know this was one of my favorite things to do when I was in Vancouver.
With all things considered, with planning and making apps your best friend you should have a great road trip.