How to plan a budget-friendly road trip for your holiday
Are you tired of your daily routine? If the answer is yes, well then it’s time to refresh yourself with a holiday. Many people postpone vacations simply because of the fear of expenses. But going on a trip doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Looking for cheap packages online is the usual way. But just in case you don’t find any deals on airfare, don’t get disheartened. There is another option for you to consider: plan a road trip. Swap plane tickets for a ferry ticket. Now you only need to buy one!
All you need to do is get into a car and take a road trip. With so many beautiful sites in and around, your options can belimitless. Whether you decide on a trip alone or with family and friends, you will enjoy your holiday. Ultimately, the drive is just as important as the locations. After all, every aspect of the vacation should be memorable.
Now arm yourself with the knowledge of how to have fun within the boundary of your savings.
Need some tips to plan a budget-friendly family getaway with the kids?
- Set a budget
Travel to a non-expensive destination, to keep it simple. Once you know your budget, scour the internet for last-minute savings via reputable websites. It may not be the right time for an international trip just yet. Plus, it may too hectic managing the kids on a safari or globe-trotting adventure. There are several favorite tourist attractions in many countries that you can visit. If you’re flexible about timing and opportunistic about great deals, focus on where the family wants to vacation. Remember to set a budget that fits within your means.
- Select the right mode of transportation
But before you start packing your car with all the vacation essentials, ask yourself, What is my car worth? Road trips can rack up mileage and routine maintenance – as well as expose it to some harsh elements. If you’re planning a ride through the mountains, will your luxury car survive the rough terrain?
Consider getting your car evaluated to get an idea of where your vehicle currently stands in the market. If a road trip considerably devalues that number, think about renting an automobile. Then again, remember to read the fine print when you sign the rental agreement.
Plus, if your set of wheels won’t be able to withstand a lengthy journey, don’t bother thinking about beginning a trip with it. Traveling in comfort and stress-free is the ideal way to start any holiday.
- Watch the pennies
Look for ways to save every cent you can. Search for routes that don’t have tolls. You’d be surprised how quickly these can add up. And it may be better to have some healthy snacks at hand, especially if you’re headed for a ferry ride. Many times, meals on board are overpriced. And handling hungry kids can be a nightmare. It may be a good idea to pack your gas stove or grill as well. Preparing a few basic meals, such as eggs for breakfast while you watch the sunrise over the horizon, could really make it unforgettable. But if that’s too much for you, take-away and street food is your best option.
- Plan the time
If you’re looking for a substantial bargain, do not go on vacation when everyone else is, this means, during the summer or winter breaks. Going on a holiday during the off-season is the easiest way to get the cheapest hotel rates. It’s perfect for families that don’t have kids in school. And the plus point of traveling with the young ones is that they need very little to spark their imagination.They have lower entertainment standards than teenagers do. A stick, shovel, and pail on the beach are enough to keep them occupied in the sand for hours. Heck, it’s enough to keep you busy as well!
- Skip five-star hotels
There’s no shame in looking for economical accommodation. When you’re managing a budget, there’s bound to be compromises along the way. A simple way to save is to book ahead of time in budget hotel chains or hostels instead of a five-star suite. Watch for discounts. Sometimes, you can rent an apartment for an extended stay. Amenities such as kitchen and laundry room further cut expenses. If you plan a road trip with another family, then you may be able to split the cost.
And if your family is the adventurous type, why not go camping? Pitch a tent and explore what the great outdoors have to offer.
- Things to see and do
Have a backup plan full of activities for the kids. Make a list of the must-visit tourist attractions of your chosen destination and the best free (or next-to-free) things to do there. This should include zoos, museums, libraries, festivals, free concerts, etc. Check the local tour guide to get a better idea of what is available at that time of the year when you are traveling.
Well, it looks like you’re all set to go. But hang on, you’ve forgotten the most significant thing- check the car’s condition. One way to manage a budget is to prevent unforeseen circumstances. Make sure your automobile is fit for travel. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin your road trip:
- Save on gas expenses by making sure that the tires are appropriately inflated. Even slightly deflated ones can ruin your gas mileage. Travel light because the heavier the car gets, the more petrol it consumes.
- Do a general check-up of the vehicle, including the battery, fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights.
- You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road with your family. Make sure that the spare tire is in excellent condition and the equipment for changing it is in the trunk. The last thing you need is to blow your budget by calling roadside assistance. While you’re at it, keep a first aid kit, blanket, non-perishable items, water, the jumper cables, road flares, reflectors, and a flashlight with extra batteries.
Now it’s time to hit the road!
About Michelle Joe: Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her.She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find heron twitter: @michellejoe524