Road trips are a great way to see new places across America without the danger and expense of flying far away. A road trip brings to life the idea that getting there is half the fun. A road trip is more than a single destination, it is an adventure. From the places you drive through, to the breathtaking scenery, from the quaint small towns to the major tourist attractions a summer road trip will be a vacation to remember for years to come. But just like all things, there are some secrets to saving money on your trip. HopSkipJumpPaper has a list of five ways to save money while road tripping across the USA.
Pack Snacks and Meals
Stopping at a gas station while you are hungry is dangerous. It leaves you open to the possibility of a sugary soda or salty bag of chips at a price much higher than the grocery store. But if you keep an assortment of healthy and tasty snack available in the car you will be able to easily overcome this temptation. HopSkipJumpPaper has some great snack ideas on out US Road Trip Pinterest Board. Things like dried fruit, humus and crackers, veggies and ranch, and whole grain tortilla chips will keep the munchies at bay. Keeping a cooler of drinks also helps save money and keeps you hydrated at the same time.
Everyone loves to eat out while they are on vacation, but eating even a few brown bag lunches along the way can add up to big savings in the end. Make your homemade lunches fun by eating them at a state park or along a scenic overlook. Buying lunch meat and bread the night before to make sandwiches will save you $4-$10 per person. A few meals like this can mean more money for more fun on your road trip this summer.
There are secrets to saving gas that you might not have thought about before. Traveling the right speed limit can go a long way to optimize your fuel consumption. Most vehicles reach their best millage at around 65 miles per hour. So remember, going faster will cost you in the end.
Make sure your car is not loaded down with extra weight. Only take the tools you know you will need to change a tire, make hubby leave the rest of the collection at home. Try to pack only the things you know you will need and really want on the trip. A few extra pairs of shoes for each person could result in extra money after days of driving.
Plan your route to avoid high density traffic times in larger cities. If you have to drive through Chicago for instance, try to go through during the wee hours of the morning or late at night in order to avoid wasting gas while sitting in a traffic jam.
All these small steps can go a long way in stretching your gas budget for your cross country road trip adventure. HopSkipJumpPaper knows how many hours you spend saving and planning for your family vacation, use these tips and tricks to get the most out of every dollar and every mile this summer!
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