It’s one of the best ways to see the world – getting a group of your friends together and heading out on the road. However, although it is one of the cheapest options when travelling, road tripping doesn’t always come at a low cost! Here are some useful tips to keep in mind.
Create a daily budget
It could be an individual plan or a collective thing – but there’s no denying that a daily budget is one of the most useful ideas when it comes to a road trip. You need to take every single factor into account when thinking about your expenditure. Fuel, food and activities all add up, and you don’t want to be left out of pocket before your trip ends! Nomadic Matt says to try and set out a daily amount that you’re planning to spend, and then leave some more aside in case of an emergency. This way you’ll be certain not to go over your actual budget!
Make sure your vehicle is serviced and road ready
You could be tempted to skimp when it comes to your road trip, and choose a vehicle that’s at a low cost. Remember – wherever you go, you’ll want to make sure your car, van, bus or alternative is serviced, taxed, insured and ready to hit the road. There’s absolutely nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere, or getting caught driving an illegal vehicle in a different country – and the costs could be extortionate. Also, don’t get caught out when it comes to damage. 1Cover recommends taking pictures of any visible scratches and marks on the vehicle when you pick it up, so that you’re not blamed for it when you return.
Look for deals in advance
There’s a good chance that you’ll already have an idea of what you want to get up to when road tripping. An itinerary is probably key in being able to efficiently plan out what it is exactly that you want to do, and so if you’re sure to be visiting certain places, have a look about either online or in local visitor’s centres to see what deals you can grab. It’s always satisfying to get a bit of money off, and you’re going to want to be saving as much as possible when travelling! Who knows – you might even come across a free alternative during your search.
Consider the unusual accommodation options
A hotel is always the default option for many people when travelling – and you’re not going to want to sleep in your vehicle! But hotels are usually rather pricey, and if you’re looking to save as much money as possible, it’s time to think of the alternatives. New services such as Couchsurf and Airbnb allow travellers to stay in the homes of local residents, and they’re a low-cost alternative to a hotel that offer more homely stays, that are guaranteed to be comfortable.
Travel with some new friends
Travelling offers some incredible opportunities to meet new people, especially when you’re doing it solo. Staying in hostels and visiting local events and attractions is guaranteed to bring you face to face with people doing the exact same, and with an approachable and friendly attitude you’re sure to make some new friends. So why not continue your journey with them? Ride sharing offers the possibility to split the costs of things such as fuel, repairs and other services – and will make the experience a whole lot more fun!
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