3 Tips for Planning Your Summer Roadtrip

Man reading a map outdoorsBefore heading out on your summer road trip, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help save you money. These tips are ideal for anyone, whether you’re going a city away or across the country.

Transportation
Unless you have to fly to your destination to save time, then consider another form of transportation. One of the least expensive methods is by train. There usually aren’t as many people on trains because they do choose to fly, so you could have plenty of room. A bus is another option if you want to save money and not be responsible for driving. These are great ways for you to see your surroundings and for children to learn about riding in a different type of vehicle than a car.

Coupons
Make coupons your friend. You can save a lot of money when you use coupons for restaurants and attractions. The best place to look is online because you can match the coupon with other deals so that you get the deepest discounts possible. Try using the coupons you find when prices are lower, such as an off season at a hotel, so that you save more money. Sign up for group discounts. Enroll in gas programs at grocery stores that will save you money on every gallon of gas that you get. Ask local businesses if they have coupons for other attractions in the area.

Eating Out
When you get out on the road, you might think that you have to eat at restaurants for every meal. Pack a cooler with ice and fill it with items to make sandwiches. Stop at various places along the way to eat a quick meal and take pictures with the family. When you arrive at your destination, make sure there is a refrigerator and stove in the hotel room so that you don’t have to go out to eat for every meal during your trip. Get things that are easy to prepare so that you can spend time enjoying your trip.
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