Spring Break Plans? 4 Tips to Help Cut Road Trip Costs

By |2021-03-09T15:12:09-07:00March 9th, 2021|

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Spring Break Plans?

Kids are always looking forward to spring break – a chance to refresh and be ready for the rush at the end of the school year.  Some families make big plans and others use the time to unwind at home.   Based on lots of home time this past year, more people may be looking for a way to see something new.  With both health and financial issues still a concern for so many, road tripping could be an excellent economical alternative.

4 Tips to Help Cut Road Trip Costs

There’s no better way to see the country than a road trip, and it’s also the way to travel if you’re looking to keep costs under control. To that end, here are a few ideas to help ensure you have a frugal good time out there on the road.

  1. Cut your gas costs

    Planning your route in advance will help you estimate your gas costs for the entire trip. Then, when you’re on the road, use the GasBuddy smartphone app to search for the lowest gas prices near you. Of course, you’ll also want to stick to the speed limit and keep your tires properly inflated to help improve your gas mileage.

  2. Cut your food costs

    Think about picnicking and cooking in rather than eating out. Packing healthy snacks in advance won’t just save you money, it may help save your waistline from the drive-through line, too. Depending on where you are going, you may find visiting the grocery store is easier than a restaurant visit with COVID-19 protocols. And, don’t forget your reusable water bottle to fill up along the way.

  3. Cut your lodging costs

    Why not book a “room” outdoors? As long as you are heading to a warmer climate and have room in the car for your camping gear, that is. Oftentimes you can book campsites in advance online. Look for campgrounds with nice facilities, such as showers and even Wi-Fi, and you won’t even sacrifice much in the way of comfort. But, you will save a considerable amount compared to staying in hotels. If the outdoor life just isn’t for you, look for last-minute hotel deals using apps from Hotels.com, Priceline or Orbitz. You can also check out Airbnb and VRBO and may find renting a condo or house with a kitchen is overall a better savings.

  4. Cut your entertainment costs

    No matter where you’re headed, you can likely find some enticing entertainment options that are either free or low-cost. Check the official tourism websites of the cities and states on your route. Or, check with museums about free admission days. Don’t forget the outdoor options that are perfect in these social distancing times – check out local trails, fishing, and other excursions that could be low or no cost adventures.

Don’t forget to get the kids involved by asking them to put together your playlist for the trip.  They can solicit favorite songs from each family member to make sure everyone is enjoying the mix.

Remember, we’re here to handle all of your car insurance needs to help keep you on the go.  Feel free to give us a call to double check that your policy offers roadside assistance before setting out.  Your home or renter insurance policy covers personal property anywhere in the world, so travel with peace of mind. Whether you’re planning a long weekend or taking advantage of the full week on the road, The Insurance Place wishes you happy travels!

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