Save Money on Your Next Road Trip

So you want to save money while traveling on your road trip. And respectively, who doesn’t? Road trips are a great way to experience some family fun, and according to, over 35% of Americans plan to travel at least 50 miles away during the summer months in a typical year. However, just like any vacation, a road trip can cost a lot of money when it isn’t properly planned.


These Tips Can Help You Save Money While Traveling


Plan Ahead to Save Money


Map out your entire trip ahead of time to make the most out of it. Not only will you save a lot of money in the long run with booking hotels in advance, but your time will be well spent on all the things you don’t want to miss out on. Plus, if you know which attractions and touristy places you’ll want to hit, you can scope out deals and coupons for cheaper prices.


Research Free Attractions and Save


Museums, zoos, parks, and many other places offer free events and admission from time to time – and some are always free. If you know when you’ll be strolling through town, do a little digging to see which attractions won’t require you to open your wallet.


Find Hotels with Complimentary Breakfasts


Food and accommodations are another costly part of living on the open road, but there are many hotels that offer a pretty decent complimentary breakfast along with your stay. These don’t have to have an outrageous nightly rate either, you just have to pay attention to what they offer as you’re booking your stay. Saving money on at least one meal a day adds up to a big chunk of change at the end of a trip. Another option is an Airbnb stay with many offering kitchens so you can make your own meals – and, even better, often they’re cheaper than hotels.


Choose a Non-Peak Time to Travel


If you can help it, decide to travel during a time of year that might not be as busy as others. Tourism is based on supply and demand, and this means that if you plan ahead and choose to visit certain places a few weeks earlier or later than everyone else, you could save a ton of money.


Save on Gas with These Tricks


One of the most expensive parts of a road trip is the cost of gas, however, there are a couple of ways to plan ahead to save money on fuel. First, download an app like GasBuddy that shows you where the cheapest pumps are within the zip code or location coordinates that you give it. You could also apply for a credit card at one of the chain gas stations that are found all over the country for either cash back or discounts when you refill at those locations. Planning ahead for your fuel needs could be one of the best money savers you do, especially if you’re traveling in one of the Coleman trailers or another large RV camper.


Pack Smart


Making a detailed packing list of everything you might possibly need will definitely save you money on the go. Buying things like towels or sunscreen at premium prices at hotels, attractions and such can cost you an arm and a leg, which is why it’s good to think ahead and be sure to bring them along from the start.


Everyone wants to save money while traveling. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to having more cash in your pockets for things like gifts and amazing meals.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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