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Summer has come to an end and let’s not lie, we’re all sad about it. So what better way to get over the end-of-summer blues than to plan a road trip to take our minds off of it? Even better? If you plan well, your holiday can be great fun and doesn’t have to break the bank. How is that possible, you ask? It’s simple,.

Here are some of our tried and true methods so both you and your wallet can have a great holiday;

  1. Plan ahead: Whilst road trips are notoriously better deals than flying off to exotic locations and booking expensive hotels, they too can be costly if you’re not prepared. Get out a map and actually plan your trip. Determine where your final destination is and what areas you’d like to stop at along the way. This is a sure-fire way to prevent any potential unplanned, costly, mishaps.
  2. Download helpful apps on your phone and use them. If you’re on a budget, technology can be one of the biggest assets on your side. There are applications to help you find cheap lodging, nearby petrol stations, potential traffic, free camping sites and even picnic areas; all of which is very helpful when you’re planning a budget-friendly road trip.
  3. Pack well. You would be surprised how frequently people forget essential items on their road trips and end up having to spend more money at high-cost petrol stations just to buy items they already own i.e. toothbrushes, deodorant, paper towels, batteries etc. Develop a packing list and before you leave ensure you’ve packed everything on it. This may seem rudimentary but it’s essential to a successful trip.
  4. Go green. While of course this is helpful to the environment, it’s also helpful to your wallet. Pack enough utensils, mugs, cups, and plates for everyone in the vehicle. This will prevent you from wasting money on throw-a-way plastic utensils and take away coffee.  Try to pack a reusable water bottle as well that you can fill up throughout the trip to eliminate the need to purchase water.
  5. Develop a meal plan and pack your food. Buy an esky and load it up with food for the trip. If you’re able to make your own nutritious dinners you’ll save money on restaurants and also stay healthy by avoiding the typical road trip food. Planning your meals ahead and making them yourself is one of the easiest ways to save money.
  6. Pack a tent. This one may not be for everyone but if you’re happy to sleep in a tent you don’t have to worry about lodging. You can use your app to find free campsites and set up camp when you’re ready to call it a night.  Here’s a hint, if you don’t like camping because you suffer from back pain, pack an air mattress!

A great road trip isn’t about the destination, but about enjoying yourself along the way.  If you’ve read this blog and are determined a low-budget road trip isn’t your cup of tea, that’s okay! We can help you afford the holiday of your dreams! Contact us today to find out how!

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