Summer Travel Tips: How to Take Your Trip Without Breaking the Bank

As the weather warms up, you know it’s time to get back out there. It’s time to enjoy this summer! However, you’re probably not looking to spend all of your money on your next road trip, right? Let’s take a quick look at some tips to help you not break the bank during your summer travel.

Booking a Place to Stay

When you’re shopping for a hotel room or other arrangements for a place to stay, make sure you’re using incognito browsing on your computer. If you aren’t using incognito browsing, travel booking sites will use cookies to track your shopping habits. This can result in much higher prices for travel accommodations.

For instance, as you check the room prices for a specific hotel, the closer it gets to your travel date, the higher the nightly rate gets. This is a practice that is designed to get you to take the plunge on a booking right away instead of shopping around for the best price. Using incognito browsing cuts this tactic off and lets you see the real prices for rooms.

Pack Your Own Food

Pack some bag lunches before you head out for your travel. While part of the fun of traveling is eating in the exotic locales you find yourself in, those meals can add up. To help mitigate that cost, pack at least a few lunches for yourself and your family. That way, you’re good to eat on the road, which saves you a stop, and you’ll save money while you’re at it!

We recommend packing some non-perishable snacks that won’t need any refrigeration or heating up. Granola bars, peanuts, and the like are perfect for this. That way, you can keep them on-hand throughout the trip without worrying about them spoiling or needing to be reheated.

Use Gas Trackers

Try to plot your course with a gas tracker, like Gas Buddy. Look for the regions with the best prices along the path of your trip. Plan out where you’re going during the course of the trip in advance so that you can stop for gas wherever the best prices are.

If you plan your trip out in advance like this, you’d be surprised at how much money you can save on gas. This might bring you a tiny bit off-course, however. As such, make sure that the amount you veer from the main roads isn’t so much that it burns more gas than the money you’re saving.