Save Money on Your Next Road Trip

Published On July 1, 2017 | By Layne Grady | Saving

If you love your car you most likely love to drive it, and we all know what that means: road trips! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cruising down the road to a new destination with the windows down and the radio blasting your favorite tunes, and if that’s your idea of freedom then you’re most likely a seasoned traveler. That being said, we know how expensive it can be to live on the road. Here are some tips to help you save money on your next road trip!

Plan ahead. Look for great deals on meals, entertainment, and motels at your destination site. Often there are discounts to be found online if you make reservations in advance, so do your homework and be prepared!

Be spontaneous. Wait, didn’t we just say to plan ahead? That’s right, but you should also be ready to go with the flow if you happen across a fantastic deal. If a venue has cancellations or empty rooms you might just get some great perks for helping them fill their quota!

Join a travel group. You can find great deals as a member of a group because they use the buying powers of quantity. Membership in AARP or a similar group can reap many rewards, so see if you qualify.

Check your vehicle insurance company. Often insurance companies partner with other businesses to offer discounts to their members, so you may already qualify for these deals!

Travel during non-peak times. Hotels are usually booked heavily during the weekends, so consider driving during mid-week to take advantage of lower rates.

Use common sense. Fuel is usually pricier in out of the way locations, so gas up in metropolitan areas whenever possible. Likewise, if you pack a lunch you can avoid racking up pricey meal bills, so think frugal and eat while you’re on the road!

Avoid extra costs. Souvenirs sound like a great idea, but if you travel all the time you’ll notice most keepsakes look the same. If you don’t really need it, don’t buy it in the first place!

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