Saving Money on This Summer’s Road Trips

May 16, 2012 by  Filed under: Credit 

You don’t need to go on an expensive tour to a foreign country this summer. The United States if full of breathtaking sites and there are plenty of affordable ways to see them. While none of us can change the fact that the price of gasoline is $4.00 per gallon, we can make adjustments in our spending to ensure we have enough left for souvenirs. Here are some money saving tips for your road trip this summer.

Despite modern technology and the conveniences offered by Garmin GPS systems, some drivers still like to have a paper map. The Tripe-A TripTik travel planner is an excellent way to plan your trip and you don’t even have to be an Triple-A member to use this service. With TripTik you can plan your route ahead of time, print it out and take it with you. Their website also has a fuel finder to help you find the best price on gas in any U.S. zip code.

If you plan to stay overnight in hotels, determine which hotel chains are your favorites and sign up for their reward programs to earn free nights for your next trip. Be sure to select hotel chains that include breakfast so your first meal of the day is free, saving you both time and money. It’s also a good idea to make your reservations early. Make sure you don’t have to pre-pay and that you can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours before arrival. If you are a member of these groups, you’ll want to mention this while making your reservations so you can secure reduced rates if they’re available.

While camping may not be for some folks, it’s a great way to save money. Whether you own a recreational vehicle (RV) or tent, camping offers families a one of a kind stay in some of America’s most beautiful places like Yellowstone National Park. It’s a great way to see the outdoors and a lot less expensive than a hotel.

Families taking road trips this summer can save money by grocery shopping for snacks and beverages, storing them in an ice chest in the car. This also gives families the opportunity to eat healthier foods with as much bottled water and fresh fruits as they need. But if you find you need a break from cooking, finding low-cost restaurants like Subway, and even Costco, can save you money especially when you have coupons. Many times the concierge or front desk clerk at your hotel can recommend local restaurants and early bird specials.

One of the many temptations hotel guests have is movies. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, be sure to bring your laptop and cables so you can watch movies from your laptop on the room’s TV. Many hotels are equipped with hook-ups like this.

If you plan to visit any of the U.S. National Parks this summer, be sure to buy your pass in advance. Senior citizens can take advantage of the U.S. National Park’s lifetime Senior Pass for $10.00. It behooves families to purchase an annual pass for $80.00, especially if you’ll be traveling to many national parks on the same vacation.

Personal military loans are available at reasonable interest rates if you know your facts. When planning a road trip it’s important to remember that a failure to plan is a plan for failure. By following these money saving tips you can enjoy your summer road trip and have some extra money in your pocket.

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