Money Saving Tips For Summer Road Trips (Part 1 of 2)

College students love their road trips. However, vacationing can be a very slippery slope. Gas prices and airline ticket rates are soaring. Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your road trip while pinching your pennies.

  1. Before your trip, plan your route. Print off a map at home, rather than buying a map.
  2. Look for coupons online. A few weeks in advance, order a catalog of tourist information. Sometimes these come with coupons for local attractions. Also, you might get a few more ideas for the trip.
  3. The night (or day) before your trip, go to a local grocery store and buy snacks and bottled water. The price of these items are sometimes triple at rest stops and in tourist-y areas.
  4. When choosing a place to stay overnight, it pays to do your research. You can save major dollars by staying at a hostel or a hikers inn. If that’s not really your scene, go with a motel or hotel that offers free amenities (pool, free breakfast, etc.). Make sure to book your motel so you don’t waste time driving around town, looking for someplace to stay.
  5. If you’re the spontaneous type and didn’t book a place to stay, look for motels with empty parking lots, rather than ones with full lots. Empty lots mean they need your business and they might be willing to negotiate a lower price. Or, you can always pitch a tent! (I mean go camping, you sicko. Geeze.)
  6. Pack a sweater. Yes, it’s summer. Yes, it’s hot outside… right now. Bringing a sweater from home saves you from a) freezing your hiney off if the weather happens to change and b) saves you from having to buy a sweater at a gift shop.
  7. Instead of driving around in an unfamiliar area while wasting time and money, swallow your pride and just ask for directions.
  8. On the note, while driving long distances, take advantage of cruise control. This will save money in 2 ways: it saves on gas and you won’t drift over the speed limit and get a ticket. If your vehicle doesn’t have cruise control, just try to go easy on the gas pedal, as driving faster uses more gas.
  9. Roll down those windows and turn off that AC. Even that can help save on gas!
  10. Use that college ID! Some businesses will give discounts to students, as long as they have the ID to show for it.
  11. Instead of eating fast food constantly, take in an early bird special or buy your lunch from a grocery store. A lot of stores along the way will offer subs and fresh fruit for the same price as a Big Mac- and it’s a lot healthier, too.
  12. Think before you spend. You pick up a pen with the name of the town you’re in. It costs six dollars. You reach into your wallet. This is the perfect time to ask yourself these three questions: “Is this item worth it?”, “Will I care about this item in ten minutes?” and “Will I even look at/use this item when I’m at home?” The answers will almost always be no, no and no. (Now, put the pen down and walk away slowly…)

(Photo by Bella Lago.)

3 Responses to “Money Saving Tips For Summer Road Trips (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. […] Tips For Summer Road Trips (Part 2 of 2) Recently, I wrote an article about ways to save money while road tripping. Now, as the second part to that article, here are some general tips to enhance your summer road […]

  2. Love the article. Keep up the good work! Thank you!

  3. What a great article! Thanks for sharing this on your blog…

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