Everyone loves a road trip, right? What better way is there to see this great country than to jump in a car and go? You get to see sites up close and personal, spend quality time with the people you love, and enjoy all of the fun along the way. Road trips can also be very budget friendly. You just have to a know a few tips and tricks to enjoy all of the activities and comforts you want while still keeping some money in your pocket. Take a look below for seven tips for a fun and thrifty road trip! Whether you are traveling an hour away or cross country, these tips will help you have a blast on a budget. Take a look!
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7 Tips for a Fun and Thrifty Road Trip:
1. Download free tunes.
Amazon seems to be always offering free music downloads. Take advantage of these perks or the .99/album sales they often run. This way, you can just plug in your MP3 player and go! Nothing passes time in the car like music, so score some for free.
2. Get a basic tune up.
If you are going a lengthy distance, get a basic tune up before you leave to ensure your car is running efficiently. Properly inflated tires, clean filters, and newer spark plugs will all keep your car running better. This will help you save on gas as well as avoid any pricey breakdowns.
3. Pack the snacks.
Grab a large cooler and pack it to the brim! Each time you stop for a simple snack you are likely to spend more money than you intend. Rest stops are pricey and full of temptations, so pack your snacks and save. You will spend less if you put a 12 can case of soda in your cooler (approx. $3.00) as opposed to pay $1.50 for one each time you stop.
4. Download free apps.
Need a map? Want to watch a movie in the back seat? Want to find a nearby rest stop? Whether you want to pass time in the back with a game or need a little direction up front, there is an app for that! Download the many free travel and game apps available to your smart phone or tablet to aid you in your travels.
5. Go the speed limit and try other gas saving tricks.
When you maintain a constant speed limit you save gas. Period! Drive at safe speeds and not only avoid costly injury, but conserve your gas and enjoy less fill ups at the pump. Oh, and if you need to stop at a rest stop, park in the shade as it will not only keep your car cooler but will keep gas from evaporating. It’s true!
6. Keep change on hand.
Should you need to go through toll booths, you will need change to pay. If you don’t have the correct change, you could be stuck paying extra if they need to mail the toll ticket to you. Be sure to keep plenty of coins in your cup holder so you can pay these tolls quickly and easily.
7. Pack a tent.
Should you be on a road trip that is going to span the course of a few days, pack a tent! You can easily find camping sites from town to town that cost as little as $10.00 per night. This sure beats paying $50.00 and up for a hotel. Plus, many camp grounds still have amenities like showers and general stores. Give it a try!
Road trips can sure be a blast. Give these tips a try and find out how frugal they can be as well! Happy travels!