road trips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11167/all en-US The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_with_a_camper_van.jpg" alt="Young couple with a camper van" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping in a recreational vehicle can be a great way to see the country. You get to experience the great outdoors at campsites in some of the most beautiful areas at a comfort level you just can't get with tent camping. And while you'll pay more to travel in an RV than you would to camp in a tent, there are ways to pare costs down.</p> <h2>RV camping costs</h2> <p>The biggest expense with RV camping is the vehicle itself. Buying an RV isn't cheap, yet there are numerous ways to save on the purchase. For starters, you'll spend less if you purchase a smaller travel trailer or fifth wheel than if you splurge for a larger trailer that sleeps nine or 10.</p> <p>And if you're willing to buy used, you'll score considerable savings there, too. Just like cars, brand new RVs depreciate at a rapid pace.</p> <p>Of course, you could always just rent an RV when you need one. Through a website like <a href="http://www.gorving.com/" target="_blank">GoRVing.com</a>, you can search for and compare prices for RV rentals of all sizes, many of which cost less than $1,000 per week.</p> <p>According to Kevin Broom, spokesman for GoRVing.com, there are additional costs to consider on top of renting or owning an RV. For starters, you'll need to pay for fuel. You'll also need to pay for &quot;amenity kits&quot; that include pots and pans or bedding, unless you want to bring your own. On top of those expenses, you'll need to pay for food and entertainment, just like you would with any trip.</p> <p>From there, where you take your RV can play a huge role in how much you'll pay. &quot;You can choose to stay in different types of campgrounds &mdash; ranging from rustic to luxurious,&quot; says Broom.</p> <p>Some campgrounds are filled with amenities such as jumping pillows, zip lines, pools, fishing ponds, and scheduled activities like gem mining, scavenger hunts, nature hikes, and pancake breakfasts. Some are even located near tourist attractions such as amusement parks, so you can have the best of both worlds: amusement park during the day and a wonderful campground at night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a>)</p> <h2>Saving on RV campsites</h2> <p>If you want to save money, you may need to think outside the box. Why? Because campgrounds with more amenities tend to cost more. It pays to look beyond the highly advertised campgrounds to some alternative options. Here are some of the most affordable places to camp.</p> <h3>State parks</h3> <p>Although options vary dramatically from state to state, state parks offer one of the most affordable ways to camp. Many states offer their own websites or online portals that make researching and reserving camp space easy. You can also use a website like <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> to look for inexpensive state camping resources in your area.</p> <p>You'll pay more or less for your campsite depending on the amenities you select. If you want to bring your RV to a &quot;primitive&quot; camping site without electricity and water, you'll pay a lot less. Sites that feature a &quot;full hookup,&quot; on the other hand, tend to cost more.</p> <p>Still, state parks can make camping affordable. At Brown County State Park in Indiana, for example, you can get a full hookup campsite for just $23 per night during summer. At state parks in Colorado, full hookup sites start at just $28 per night. And at Florida's Big Lagoon State Park, nightly rates for an electric campsite start at just $20. Explore state park options in your area to find the best deal.</p> <h3>National parks</h3> <p>National parks offer another smart option for campers and RV enthusiasts looking to save. While national parks don't necessarily have the amenities of luxury campgrounds, they do offer a closeness to nature that is harder to find elsewhere.</p> <p>And, depending on the national park, camping costs can be downright cheap. The downside to bringing an RV to a national park is that sites with full hookups are rarely available.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/index.htm" target="_blank">U.S. National Park Service website</a> makes it easy to compare costs for camping on federal lands. Use the &quot;find a campground&quot; tool to search for national parks with camping space in your area or anywhere you want to take your RV.</p> <p>At glorious Glacier National Park, for example, you can book nonelectric and electric camping sites for as little as $20 per night. At Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, you can book a no-hookup site for just $31 per night.</p> <h3>Small, &quot;no-frills&quot; campgrounds</h3> <p>Another way to save money when traveling in an RV is to look for smaller, &quot;no frills&quot; campgrounds. There are plenty of options all around the country, but you'll need to search and compare prices to find the right one.</p> <p><a href="http://koa.com/why-koa/" target="_blank">KOA campgrounds</a> are a good place to begin your search. KOA offers three different types of camping experiences to fit anyone's budget &mdash; KOA Journey campgrounds located mostly near highways, KOA Holiday camps with more amenities for families, and KOA Resorts, which feature on-site activities, food, and entertainment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tips for Camping Cooking</a>)</p> <p>Prices for the more affordable Journey campgrounds vary dramatically based on location and amenities. You can book a week at the Grand Canyon/Williams Campground in Arizona with full hookups for $411 per week in September, for example. Or, stay in a lower demand area such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where you can book a whole week with full hookups for $372.</p> <h2>Shop around before you book</h2> <p>According to Broom, the best step for families seeking cheap camping is to shop around and compare lots of different options. While you search, also remember the golden rule of camping: The more amenities or &quot;perks&quot; a campground has, the higher the nightly rates.</p> <p>And, if you're facing sticker shock, keep in mind that RV camping is just a lot more expensive than tent camping in general. Not only do you need a larger site when you have an RV, but you'll always pay more to hook up to electricity and water. The larger your RV, the more these charges typically cost.</p> <p>At the end of the day, RV camping can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. The best way to keep costs under control is to choose your RV wisely, pick your camping stops carefully, and plan ahead.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520Easiest%2520Ways%2520to%2520Save%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520RV%2520Camping%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip.jpg" alt="The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found articles on ways to save on food costs during road trips, over 100 interview tips to get your dream job, and things that extremely likable people do.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/save-on-food-costs-road-trips.html">6 ways to save on food costs during road trips with family</a> &mdash; Look for farmers markets along your route. It's a great opportunity to stretch your limbs, eat good food, and learn about the produce grown in the region. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/ultimate-interview-guide/">The Ultimate Interview Guide: 101 Interview Tips to Get Your Dream Job</a> &mdash; From your frame of mind to post-acceptance (or rejection), this guide will walk you through every step of the interview process! [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Likeable-People-Do-35059138">16 Things Extremely Likable People Do</a> &mdash; Don't turn everything into a competition. People don't like it when someone is constantly trying to one-up them. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T049-C006-S001-boost-profits-your-lemonade-stand-small-business.html">5 Smart Ways to Boost Profits at Your Lemonade Stand &ndash; or Any Small Business</a> &mdash; Pick the right location for your business &mdash; ideally, a highly visible space with minimal competition. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/budgeting/5-financial-tips-military-couples/">5 Financial Tips For Military Couples</a> &mdash; Take advantage of all the free resources available to you, including legal services, tax services, and even free concert and event tickets through VetTix. [Couple Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://studentloanhero.com/featured/10-student-loans-terms/">10 Terms Every Grad With Student Loans Should Know</a> &mdash; Student loans can be complicated and confusing. Knowing these terms and numbers will help new grads understand how their particular loan works. [Student Loan Hero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.currentoncurrency.com/not-spend-much-wedding-guest/">How to Not Spend Too Much as a Wedding Guest</a> &mdash; Pick the perfect gift from the wedding couple's registry and shop around to see where you can get it at the best price. [Current on Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://profinanceblog.com/4-smart-moves-to-make-when-planning-a-vacation-on-a-budget.html">4 Smart Moves to Make When Planning a Vacation on a Budget</a> &mdash; Sometimes, it can be cheaper to book directly with the hotel than it is through a travel website. [Pro Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2016/08/10/stop-for-simplicity/">3 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Live a Simpler Life</a> &mdash; Stop overcomplicating your relationship. If you want to know something, just ask. Be direct and do your best to communicate clearly. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-throw-a-kids-birthday-party-on-a-budget">7 Ways to Throw a Kid's Birthday Party on a Budget</a> &mdash; Skip the usual goody bags, which will only become clutter in someone else's home. Instead, send your guests home with cookies, coupons to a local family spot, and a T-shirt that follows the party's theme. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-food-during-road-trips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks">7 Fresh Ideas for Healthy Road Trip Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,166.49 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity">23 Travel Hacks That Will Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks">15 Easy-to-Pack, Delicious, and Cheap Airline Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel best money tips road trips Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Amy Lu 1770700 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_car_38688948.jpg" alt="Woman using travel hacks on summer road trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A family road trip can be an amazing bonding experience and memory builder with your kids. It can also be really expensive when you start adding up fuel, lodging, and entertainment costs. But with just a little bit of planning and forethought, you can easily save a big chunk of change and actually end up seeing more sights for less. Here are the secrets you need to know to plan an amazing road trip adventure this summer. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=article">Best Credit Cards to Use on Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan With Roadtrippers</h2> <p>When it comes to planning your summer road trip, be sure to use technology to your advantage and download the&nbsp;<a href="https://roadtrippers.com/">Roadtrippers</a> app (free for&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roadtrippers-road-trip-planner/id944060491">iOS</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roadtrippers">Android</a>). Not only will it save you money by helping you find lodging deals, but it'll keep you organized and let you plan your trek one day at a time.</p> <p>Once planned, you can even share your road trip across devices and with friends so they can add itinerary suggestions to make it even more memorable. Perhaps the coolest feature of the app is the ability to help you find quirky roadside attractions as you approach them. After all, any experienced road tripper will tell you that some of the most memorable moments are made when finding fun stops along the way to your final destination.</p> <h2>2. Book Hotels Directly and Save</h2> <p>When planning your summer trip this year, consider calling hotels directly to book your room. Online booking sites like Expedia and Orbitz charge hotels a 10%&ndash;15% fee, so many hotels would rather bypass these sites entirely and book directly with you. But before you call, check the travel sites to see the hotel's current rate. Then when you call, politely ask if the hotel can beat that rate by 10%. In many cases, they'll happy beat their online rate and even throw in some free upgrades like a better room or beverage and food credits.</p> <h2>3. VRBO Last-Minute Savings Trick</h2> <p>Vacation Rentals by Owner, also known as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO</a>, puts travelers in direct contact with homeowners looking to rent out their houses, condos, or apartments. If you shop around carefully, roadtrippers can score some great deals, often cheaper than hotels, which are typically much more accommodating for a larger family.</p> <p>But if a homeowner doesn't rent out a particular weekend, they don't make a penny from their vacation rental. So as a smart roadtripper, use this information to your advantage when making your initial VRBO inquiry. Politely ask about the possibility of a 15% discount on the asking nightly rate, especially when inquiring about a last-minute stay. In many cases, homeowners will jump all over this and happily give you a last-minute discount to avoid their place sitting empty. By &quot;last-minute,&quot; I mean within a week of your arrival, as that's when reality sets in for most homeowners that their place is probably going to sit empty.</p> <h2>4. AAA Premier Membership</h2> <p>There's no arguing the fact that an AAA membership provides great peace of mind when hitting the road for a long trip, especially with a family. Emergency roadside assistance like towing after a breakdown, tire changes, and battery jumpstarts are just a few of their useful services. But when planning a long summer road trip, look into upgrading to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aaa.com/aaa/045/pioneer/membership/premier/comparison.htm">AAA Premier</a> membership for $118 annually, up from $58 for the basic membership. This is because Premier comes with up to 200 miles of towing, $1,500 for meals/lodging in the event of a breakdown, and 100 miles of emergency medical transportation.</p> <p>Last summer, I upgraded to AAA Premier just before embarking on a long road trip across the western U.S. with my parents' RV. Sure enough, the RV broke down 75 miles west of Needles, CA on a 115 degree day in the Mojave Desert. Not only did we get a free 75 mile tow, but all lodging and food was paid for as we waited for a new fuel pump to be delivered and installed. AAA ended up reimbursing us close to $700 for the trip interruption. This year I simply downgraded our membership back to the basic, but I'll definitely upgrade it again before our next long road trip.</p> <p>Also, don't forget about AAA discounts that will save you money on hotels, airfare, rental cars, shopping, and entertainment. By getting in the habit of always inquiring about an AAA discount, you can easily pay for your annual basic membership of $58.</p> <h2>5. GasBuddy App</h2> <p>If you're not arming your smartphone with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gasbuddy.com/">GasBuddy app</a> (free for&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683">iOS</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gbis.gbandroid">Android</a>) before you leave home, you're bound to overpay at the pump. Not only does the app help you find the cheapest gas stations along your journey, but you'll even earn points for reporting gas prices that could you score you a free $100 gas card. A good GasBuddy strategy is to access the app when your tank gets about a quarter full and search for upcoming gas stations. By doing it this way, and not waiting until your &quot;get gas&quot; light comes on, you'll be able to take advantage of a larger radius of stations and ensure the lowest price per gallon.</p> <h2>6. Drive Early in the Day</h2> <p>Another trick that I learned on our last family road trip was to hit the road early. This allows you to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and fresher eyes for the driver. If you can start your driving by 6 or 7 a.m., not only will you be able to keep the A/C off and enjoy the cool morning air, but you'll be much less likely to overheat your vehicle leading to potentially costly repairs. Not to mention the better gas mileage that you'll get by having the A/C turned off.</p> <p>Financial benefits aside, the early start typically makes it easier to drive long distances and avoids fatigued eyes as they day winds down. Plus, you'll end up at your next stop much earlier in the day, leaving you ample time to explore your surroundings.</p> <h2>7. Find Free Attractions</h2> <p>Perhaps the best way to save money on your next family road trip is to search for free, or almost free, attractions and activities that everyone will love. The best way to do this is to access&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roadtripradar.com/">RoadTripRadar</a> and tell them where you're headed and how far you're willing to travel off your route to see attractions. You can also pick the types of attractions you're interested in, things like museums, parks, farms, outdoor play areas, hiking trails, and camping &mdash; many of which are completely free of charge. Once you have your route all planned out, you can save it for later use, and even enhance it via YouTube videos and save it directly to your GPS unit via a satnav file. They currently support Garmin, TomTom, Navman, and Google Navigator.</p> <p><em>How do you save money when you load up the car and head out on a long road trip?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Travel%20Hacks%20for%20an%20Affordable%20Summer%20Road%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=7%20Travel%20Hacks%20for%20an%20Affordable%20Summer%20Road%20Trip" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Travel%20Hacks%20for%20an%20Affordable%20Summer%20Road%20Trip.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">8 Great, Cheap Summer Vacations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel AAA driving expedia hotels Orbitz road trips summer vacation tourism travel deals vrbo Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:30:42 +0000 Kyle James 1728424 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Smart Ways to Boost Your Gas Mileage http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_road_trip_21640056.jpg" alt="Women finding smart ways to boost gas mileage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is just around the corner, and if you're one of the lucky ones, you'll be hittin' the road before you know it. Cut a bit of the cost from your road trip(s) by saving on gas with these fuel-efficient tips and tricks.</p> <h2>1. Switch to a More Fuel-Efficient Vehicle</h2> <p>It seems like an obvious solution, and it's certainly easier said than done to upgrade your vehicle to a more fuel-efficient model like a fully electric car or hybrid. But if it's time for a new whip, or you want to invest in a ride that will you save you dough in the long term, it's the only way to go. If nothing else, it's at least worth a trip to the dealership to see what it has to offer and <a href="http://www.afdc.energy.gov/calc/">then crunch the numbers</a>.</p> <h2>2. Lighten Your Load Before Long Hauls</h2> <p>Over-packing your car for a road trip &mdash; or, the more likely scenario, hauling around a bunch of junk on a regular basis for no reason at all &mdash; weighs down your vehicle, and that requires it work harder for all that get up-and-go, thus consuming more gas.</p> <p>&quot;Do you go to the garden center, buy several bags of topsoil, then forget to unload your car for a week?&quot; asks auto expert Richard Reina. &quot;Perhaps you have a trunk full of tools, sports equipment, or project supplies which don't need to be there. Think about this: Automotive engineers sweat the details to remove ounces of weight to improve a vehicle's EPA mileage rating. Imagine what happens if you remove several pounds. Make it a habit to only carry what needs to be in the car.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated</h2> <p>Tires low on air don't roll easily, requiring more engine power (and more fuel) to make them rotate &mdash; but tire pressure is one of the easiest checks to perform.</p> <p>&quot;Buy an inexpensive pressure gauge, keep it in your glove box, and make a habit of checking the tires at fill-ups,&quot; Reina says. &quot;Be strict about using the numbers on the vehicle's tire pressure label, usually found in the driver's door jamb. Most vehicles have the same pressure rating for all four tires; but pay attention if your label requires different pressures front and rear.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Avoid Stop-and-Go Traffic</h2> <p>You'll save on gas if you keep your car moving at a steady pace opposed to braking often in traffic. If your morning and afternoon commutes are usually sluggish, try another route. Another reason your vehicle will consume more fuel in stop-and-go traffic is because it'll run longer than if you traveled from A to B quicker. If you have the option, test out different departing times &mdash; maybe leave home/work a little earlier or later, depending on what your schedule (and boss) allows &mdash; to avoid gridlock.</p> <h2>5. Take Your Foot Off the Pedal and Coast for a While</h2> <p>Instead of driving to the absolute last second when you need to stop, take your foot off the pedal well before the light to allow your car to coast to a stop. Make this a habit and you'll start seeing the difference in how often you have to refuel.</p> <h2>6. Turn on Cruise Control to Keep an Even Speed</h2> <p>Personally, I love cruise control. Not so much for the gas-saving factor, but because my feet get tired of always being on the pedal when I'm on long drives &mdash; though the former is as good a reason as any to use it when you hop on the highway.</p> <p>&quot;The best thing you can do to increase your gas mileage is to travel where you can keep an even speed,&quot; say savings expert Paul Moyer. &quot;Most vehicles get the best mileage somewhere between 45 and 55 miles per hour. If you can maintain that speed for long periods of time, you will greatly reduce your gas usage.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Plan Your Errands About Town Efficiently</h2> <p>I'm notoriously forgetful in the morning. I run back in the house at least twice every day to get something I forgot before heading to work. But, I'm much more put together when I'm running weekend errands. I plan out my stops so I can get to one end of town and back without having to cut across roads, make any unnecessary turns, or do the back-and-forth routine. I head north and hit everything on one side of the road, then south to get the rest on the way back. Granted, your errands may not be mapped out so neatly, but there are probably ways you can make your about-town travels more efficient if you tried.</p> <h2>8. Don't Let Your Car Idle if You're Not in It</h2> <p>Even when your car is sitting idle &mdash; like when you're heating it up in the morning when it's cold out &mdash; it's still using gas. If this is your daily practice in the winter, wean yourself off of it. As an alternative, bundle up and let the car heat up gradually as you drive. I know, it's not as cozy-comfortable as getting into a toasty-hot car that's had 20 minutes to sit, but at least your wallet won't feel the burn at the pump. Plus, you'll greatly reduce the chances that your car will get stolen from your own driveway. Do you really want to tell your local law enforcement that embarrassing tale?</p> <h2>9. Take Advantage of the Weather to Heat/Cool the Car Naturally</h2> <p>When it's cold out, park your car in the sun. Vice versa, when it's hot as the dickens, park in the shade. By consciously regulating the temperature inside the car naturally, you may be able to cut down on the times you want to crank up the heat or the A/C&hellip; although the latter isn't as bad as you think it is.</p> <h2>10. Keep the Windows Up When Driving</h2> <p>As I just mentioned, using the A/C isn't the gas-guzzler you might expect it to be. No need to feel wasteful if you require more climate control than Mother Nature is providing.</p> <p>&quot;This tip may run counter to what you were taught: 'Avoid using the A/C unless necessary, because it uses gas!' While this was true 25 years ago, modern electronics have overridden this concern,&quot; Reina says. &quot;Computer controls run the A/C only when needed while still keeping you cool. Automotive aerodynamics have improved so much that driving with windows down actually creates drag. The net effect is that a vehicle gets better mileage if the windows stay up, and the A/C's effect on fuel economy is nil.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Maintain Your Vehicle Regularly to Keep the Engine Running Clean</h2> <p>Of course, the best way to ensure that your car is running clean is to get regular maintenance. Nobody likes to have their car worked on (because what are they going to find wrong with it <em>this time</em>, right?), but if you stay on top of your car's needs, like clean air filters, you'll cut down on costs across the board (not just gas) over the lifetime of the vehicle &mdash; and that's just money in the bank.</p> <h2>Bonus Tip</h2> <p>You can also save on gas purchases and earn cash back when you fill up if you pay with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">gas rewards credit card</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>What are some things you do to boost your gas mileage? I'd love to hear your travel tactics in the comments below.</em>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-make-it-as-a-one-car-family-now-what">You Can&#039;t Make It as a One-Car Family: Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-diy-car-repairs-to-save-big">8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-a-rental-car-heres-what-you-need-to-know">Buying a Rental Car? Here&#039;s What You Need to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-every-time-you-get-into-your-car">How Much Does it Cost Every Time you Get Into Your Car?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-it-still-smart-to-buy-an-electric-car-while-gas-prices-are-low">Is It Still Smart to Buy an Electric Car While Gas Prices Are Low?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation commuting driving efficiency fuels costs gas mileage maintenance road trips vehicles Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1728673 at http://www.wisebread.com Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_in_car_000049523678.jpg" alt="Friends doing car yoga and surviving a long drive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you haven't noticed, America is huge. Tooling across just two or three states can challenge even the most patient soul and driving from coast to coast is a test of sheer physical endurance. Whether you're traveling solo, with friends and family, or with co-workers, make things easier by mastering these 10 ways to survive a long drive.</p> <h2>1. Make Reservations</h2> <p>Know what makes a long day behind the wheel even worse? A long night behind the wheel. Don't assume every city or town you pass through will have lodging vacancies. Conventions, concerts, college sporting events, and county fairs can deplete hotel rooms quickly. Plot your trip, know where you'll be stopping each evening, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">negotiate a great room rate</a>, and make reservations ahead of time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>2. Invest in Roadside Assistance</h2> <p>Long drives can be exhausting for cars too. Arrange for AAA coverage or roadside assistance through your insurance carrier before you hit the road. Particularly if you're travelling alone, the peace of mind is well worth the money.</p> <h2>3. Pack Snacks and Water</h2> <p>A good supply of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">healthy and inexpensive snacks</a> keeps everyone energized during those long stretches between stops. And as a rule, two or three days' worth of non-perishable high-protein food and water are must-haves for emergencies &mdash; particularly if you're traveling in remote areas or during winter.</p> <h2>4. Avoid Marathon Days</h2> <p>Set a specific drive time limit each day and avoid &quot;marathon&quot; driving days of 12 or 14 hours. Without compromising your safety, set mileage-based goals along the way, too. For example, stop for lunch after the first 200 miles; plan a coffee break after another 100 miles; stop for the night when you've driven 500 miles. Small goals will add structure to your day and help you stay motivated mile after mile.</p> <h2>5. Don't Be a Stop Cop</h2> <p>Okay, okay&hellip;we get it &mdash; stopping too often eats into your finely-tuned schedule. Get over it. Denying yourself or others regular bathroom breaks, opportunities to stretch, or moments to simply breathe some fresh air turns a long trip into a bladder-busting nightmare.</p> <h2>6. Get Your Game On</h2> <p>Boardless games like trivia, spelling bees, and I Spy are fun ways to pass the time for kids and adults. Remember, safety comes first. Avoid anything that's too competitive and if your game is delivered through a mobile app, make sure playing it is hands-free.</p> <h2>7. Choose Truck Stops Instead of Rest Areas</h2> <p>Rest areas are great places to take quick bathroom break or change a flat. But truck stops offer more services that cater to weary road warriors. Larger bathrooms (some with showers), cafés, and small markets can help restore your mood and your motivation.</p> <h2>8. Move It</h2> <p>If you've made long drives before, you're probably familiar with the medical condition known as <em>Gluteus Notfeelmuch </em>that develops after about four hours of being folded up in a car. Fight it by making a conscious effort to stretch, jump, walk, or strike a few basic yoga poses each time you stop for food or fuel.</p> <h2>9. Skip the Shortcuts</h2> <p>The longer your trip, the more tempting shortcuts become. But in unfamiliar territory shortcuts can easily turn into maddening mazes that guzzle gas and burn daylight. Plan your route and stick to the main roads.</p> <h2>10. Rotate Drivers</h2> <p>If you're traveling with other adults, alternate your time at the wheel every two or three hours. Capitalize on what each driver is best at and determine who prefers driving at night, urban driving, driving through mountains, etc.</p> <p><em>What's the longest road trip you've taken? What methods did you use to survive the drive?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fcar-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FCar%20Yoga%20and%209%20Other%20Ways%20to%20Beat%20Long%20Drives.jpg&amp;description=Car%20Yoga%20and%209%20Other%20Ways%20to%20Beat%20Long%20Drives" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Car%20Yoga%20and%209%20Other%20Ways%20to%20Beat%20Long%20Drives.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-your-bills-and-5-other-things-you-must-do-before-you-leave-on-vacation">Pay Your Bills and 5 Other Things You Must Do Before You Leave on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel driving long drives on the road road trips vacation Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:00:11 +0000 Kentin Waits 1493710 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Travel Hacks That Will Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-phone-call-airport-Dollarphotoclub_68549683.jpg" alt="woman phone call airport" title="woman phone call airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it seems like you need a vacation from your vacation. Although you usually associate traveling with relaxation, there are some aspects that can definitely stress you out. Luckily, we've complied some awesome travel hacks of our own and <a href="http://www.quora.com/Travel-Hacks/What-are-the-best-travel-hacks">from Quora</a> that will help make your trip more smooth.</p> <p>RELATED:<span class="title-text"> <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Car-Hacks-Kids-35505804#photo-35505804">11 Tricks for a Hassle-Free, Mess-Free Road Trip</a></span></p> <p>1. <strong>Delete people from your photos</strong>. Upset that you can't get a good shot because of all the tourists milling around in the background? According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Sameer-Gupta">Sameer Gupta</a>, there's a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1hivuk/lpt_remove_tourists_from_your_travel_photos/">lifeprotip</a> that gets rid of people in your photos. &quot;Put your camera on a tripod; Take about 15 pictures about every 10 seconds; open them all in Photoshop from File-&gt;Scripts-&gt;Statistics; choose median.&quot;</p> <p>2. <strong>Empty water bottle</strong>. Since you can't bring water bottles through security, bring an empty one to fill up when you're in the airport.</p> <p>3. <strong>Sleep tight</strong>. Bring eye masks and ear plugs with you so you'll be able to get a good night's rest on the plane and your lodgings.</p> <p>4. <strong>Clothes that dry quickly</strong>. Bring clothes that dry quickly so you'll be able to wash them at the end of the day and wear them again the next. This cuts down on the amount of clothing you bring with you.</p> <p>5. <strong>Book the aisle and window</strong>. If you're traveling with someone and your flight has rows of three seats, book the aisle and window seat and leave the middle seat empty. It's likely to remain empty if the flight is not full, because people usually choose the window and aisle seat. And if someone does pick that seat, they'll be willing to switch with one of you.</p> <p>6. <strong>Google maps</strong>. Use the hidden offline maps feature of Google maps to access it without an international plan. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Kartik-Ayyar">Kartik Ayyar</a> explains, &quot;You can use this feature by simply zooming to a map area you want offline in the maps app and typing &quot;OK maps&quot; into the search box, and then this data will be available even when you don't have data connectivity&hellip; Works in both the iOS and Android apps. I also suggest 'starring' places of interest since you can't search or route when offline.&quot; And as for routes, &quot;take screenshots of searches when you are online&hellip; and use them as guides.&quot;</p> <p>7. <strong>Be one of the first people to board in your seating group</strong>. It's good to get in line and board as early as possible so there's enough overhead space for you to slip your luggage in. If you board too late, your luggage might have to go in cargo, which means it'll take longer for you to get off the plan than if you stored your luggage in the overhead bin.</p> <p>8. <strong>Pay-as-you-go cell phone plans</strong>. Bring an unlocked phone on your travels, and sign up for a pay-as-you-go plan.</p> <p>9. <strong>Use a phrase book</strong>. You don't have to become fluent in another language, but carrying a phrase book around and knowing the basics will help you get around better in a country where English isn't the first language.</p> <p>10. <strong>Go to the airport early</strong>. Arrive early, so you don't have to make a mad dash against time to make your flight. Unforeseen incidents can happen along the way (traffic, forgotten identification, etc.), so it's best go have a time buffer.</p> <p>11. <strong>Keep a copy of your passport online</strong>. Keep a copy of your passport in your email inbox, so you can print it out if you ever lose your passport. This will help expedite the process of getting a replacement.</p> <p>12. <strong>Rent houses or apartments</strong>. Check out the rental rates of houses or apartments in the area on sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO while you're checking out hotels. Chances are, you'll get a better rate and some cool perks.</p> <p>13. <strong>Check out Charles Schwab High Yield Checking accounts</strong>. According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Brian-Tse">Brian Tse</a>, you should get a <a href="http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account">Charles Schwab High Yield Checking account</a> when traveling internationally &quot;because it refunds every single ATM fee worldwide, requires no minimum balance, and has no monthly service fee.&quot;</p> <p>14. <strong>Money belt</strong>. Use a money belt, or sew a pocket in the inside of your clothes when traveling in places where there are lots of theft.</p> <p>15. <strong>Split your cash stash</strong>. Put cash in various places, such as your wallet, pocket, shoes, and your luggage.</p> <p>16. <strong>Ask your hotel for a charger</strong>. Hotels usually have a stash of forgotten chargers left behind by hotel guests that you can borrow.</p> <p>17. <strong>Bring an external battery for your cell phone</strong>. Walking around all day can make your phone quickly drain, especially if you're relying on it to be your GPS. Get an external battery or a car charger if you're taking a road trip.</p> <p>18. <strong>Hotel upgrade</strong>. Ask for a free upgrade at the hotel when you're checking in, because it doesn't hurt to ask, and you may actually get one for free.</p> <p>19. <strong>Bring plastic bags</strong>. Pack plastic bags so you can use them to throw your dirty clothes in and other items you want separated from the rest of your belongings in your luggage.</p> <p>20. <strong>Power strip</strong>. Bring a power strip for your electronics, so you will only need one or two local adaptors. But make sure it's one that supports 240V.</p> <p>21. <strong>Try calling the hotel</strong>. Try calling the hotel directly to see if there are better deals.</p> <p>22. <strong>Bring your ATM card</strong>. Get cash from your ATM when traveling, because in most places, you'll get better rates. Check to see if this is true in the country you're traveling to.</p> <p>23. <strong>Check the crime rates of the area you're going to</strong>. Just so you know what you're getting into, check the crime rates of the area you're staying in. The low prices might not be worth the stress of staying in an area where you're afraid for your safety.</p> <p>Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 tips that will help you save</a> on travel!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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I went over our monthly and yearly budgets over and over again to find room and determine areas where we could cut back. One of the first line items on the chopping block? Summer vacation funds.</p> <p>Not having much to spend on travel doesn't have to be the end of your great summer adventure, however. My family has found some rather crafty ways to get around and enjoy the sights and sounds of new places on the cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Explore Locally</h2> <p>When I think travel, I often let my mind go wild with far off places. What I've discovered most recently is that there are tons of fun places to visit within my own home state. Head to your local welcome center (you know, the ones on all the major highways) and check out the promotional pamphlets for attractions near you. Then make your bucket list and go!</p> <h2>2. Set an Early or Late Date</h2> <p>Mid-summer is peak season at a lot of popular spots, so if your dates aren't strict, try different combinations. Many hotels offer (sometimes wildly) different rates depending on when most people have time to trek. Early June to the week before July 4th or early September after Labor Day are awesome times to get great prices on summer hot spots. Bonus: They'll be less crowded too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-ways-to-save-for-your-dream-vacation?ref=seealso">Easy Ways to Save for Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>3. Be Counterintuitive</h2> <p>Along those same lines, head to the slopes this summer! Tripping in the off-season is a fun way to get to know a place more intimately. For example, I know for a fact that Vermont is just as gorgeous &mdash; if not more &mdash; in the warm months than it is when all the ski bunnies descend in droves.</p> <h2>4. Road Trip It</h2> <p>Part of the fun is in the travel itself. Rather than jet around from location to location, pack your car with necessities (and lots of snacks!) and plan a route that's worth the drive. One dream my family has is to plot out a road trip visiting with family and friends, which will be both frugal (free places to stay and free tour guides!) and fun. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip?ref=seealso">10 Ways To Save Money on the Great American Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>5. Try Camping</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/camping-4256950-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The first trip my husband and I took together was to the southern coast of Maine, and we camped there for five blissful nights. If I remember correctly, our site fee was around $30 a night and we cooked most of our own food, making for quite an inexpensive trip! If you're not totally into roughing it, check out <a href="http://koa.com/">KOA campgrounds</a> &mdash; you can find one near most cities and big attractions in the US and Canada. Most have a selection of tent sites, cabins (with TVs!), and even more luxurious accommodations that are cheaper than hotels.</p> <h2>6. Cook In</h2> <p>Wherever you stay on vacation, it can be tempting to go out to eat for every meal. Last year when my family visited NYC for a week, we got a taste of local food without the added up-charge. Find a great local market (in that case, we stopped by <a href="http://www.eataly.com/">Eataly</a> daily) and assemble your own meals with local, fresh ingredients if you're staying someplace that will allow it. Our shore rental has a grill, and I can't wait to use it!</p> <h2>7. Mind Your Perks</h2> <p>Along those same lines, check out hotels that offer free breakfasts or other meals to guests. Growing up, my parents always chose Embassy Suites for their bountiful warm breakfasts (for free!) and evening receptions that kept both adults and kids satiated. Smaller hotels may also have discounts with local restaurants and attractions, so be sure to do your research ahead of time to get the best hookups.</p> <h2>8. Buddy Up</h2> <p>Chances are, you're not the only one looking for a change of pace. If you have close friends or family with similar interests, try planning a joint vacation and splitting some of the costs. We go to the Jersey Shore each year with family and everyone pitches in for food and the vacation rental. Setting ground rules ahead of time can help avoid uncomfortable situations, so making lists and designating different responsibilities accordingly is the key to keep everyone happy.</p> <h2>9. Try a Rental</h2> <p>That's right &mdash; our family shares a rental home for our beach trip. It's a heck of a lot less expensive than a hotel. Plus, rentals offer an impressive number of perks &mdash; like full kitchens, beach tags, community pools, etc. &mdash; that might help save you money in the long run. Try sites like <a href="http://www.vrbo.com/">Vacation Rental By Owner</a> (VRBO) if you're new to this thrifty idea (and, of course, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-should-you-get-a-vacation-rental-instead-of-a-hotel">Airbnb</a>).</p> <h2>10. Make It a Quickie</h2> <p>If you have your heart set on a certain place that happens to be expensive, consider shortening the trip to cut down on hotel, food, and entertainment costs. A weekend getaway is often just as refreshing as a whole week's trip, but with less than half the cost. (You can also save some of your vacation days by planning it in conjunction with a holiday &mdash; just beware that hotel and travel costs change as well.)</p> <h2>11. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>You can occasionally cash in on this year's rates for <em>next</em> year by locking in your vacation at checkout. Some hotels (and vacation rentals) reward loyalty with a small percentage discount, so it's worth a check if you'd like to frequent your destination for years to come. Plus, it feels sort of great knowing the fun is already on the calendar so far in advance.</p> <h2>12. Survey Flight Options</h2> <p>There are a host of considerations related to flight, not limited to fare fluctuations, baggage check fees, and hub of choice. If you're flying where you want to go, make sure you get the best fare by checking apps like <a href="http://www.yapta.com/">Yapta</a> to get alerts when ticket prices are low. Try airlines like <a href="http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll?New,Kb=askBlue,case=obj%28634%29">JetBlue</a>, which offer free baggage checks. And investigate options with flights from both large and small airports for price comparison.</p> <h2>13. Stay Off the Beaten Path</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/travel-5365846-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>It's true that major cities and other vacation favorites offer lots in way of entertainment and fun, but sometimes sticking to more rural locations can be a breath of fresh air. Whether it's scoping out the national parks or just visiting a less frequented beach or smaller city, you'll enjoy a bit more room to relax and a thicker wallet.</p> <h2>14. House Swap</h2> <p>Do you have a friend or family member in a far away place (or not so far away) who might be willing to switch residences for a week or two? House swapping is a fun way to see a new part of the country without spending outrageous lodging costs to stay there. By staying in someone's house or apartment, you'll be sure to have a kitchen and other necessities that simple hotel rooms can't afford you. Just be sure to water plants, get mail, and feed the cat so your friend will return the favor.</p> <h2>15. Offer Your Services</h2> <p>There are costs at home associated with travel that often get neglected in the planning. Things like animal boarding, house-sitting, lawn care, and other responsibilities can cost if you don't have a plan in place. Offer your services to cat sit and water plants for a friend and he or she will likely return the favor.</p> <h2>16. Volunteer</h2> <p>If you'd like to bring more meaning to your summer vacation, consider checking out these free and low-cost opportunities to volunteer abroad via <a href="http://www.vaops.com/">VAOPS</a>. Sure, your trip won't consist of days on end laying on a beach towel, but you'll be investing time and energy into an area with the reward of an amazing experience.</p> <h2>17. Consider Your Options</h2> <p>Before choosing a destination, search around for all the opportunities for free entertainment. Washington D.C., for example, has a plethora of free museums to keep you and your family entertained for days. Beaches can sometimes charge hefty parking or entry fees, but those off the radar are often free and much less crowded. Look beyond those popular spots for the most savings.</p> <h2>18. Utilize Resources</h2> <p>There are a number of travel websites with deals and steals on vacation packages, airfare, and more. If you don't know where to start, just check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites</a> &mdash; they can save you a fortune!</p> <h2>19. Ask Around</h2> <p>Once you get to your vacation spot, resist the urge to hit up all the ritzy tourist destinations. Instead, ask some locals for their favorite restaurant and entertainment picks. Usually these options are less costly and allow you to become more immersed in the place you're visiting.</p> <h2>20. Park Your Car</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/travel-5313151-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>One of my favorite things to do when I get someplace new? Walk or run around town and identify places I might want to go. My family tries to stay somewhere central (even if it might cost slightly more) so we can leave the car behind. That way, we lower our gas bill, parking costs, and even those unexpected parking or traffic tickets. Those are pesky costs sometimes piles up when speed limits and meter rules are somewhat elusive.</p> <h2>21. Exhaust Alternatives</h2> <p>Have you ever checked out community marketplace <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>? It's sort of like VRBO, but it's more unique. You rent from people in over 34,000 cities and 192 countries. Better yet: You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed">rent out your own spaces</a> to make some extra money for travel as well.</p> <h2>22. Frolic to a Festival</h2> <p>One of our beloved summer vacations is to a local music festival each July. The tickets go up for sale in the beginning of the year, so we try to sign up early to get the best rates. From there, there's a small onsite camping fee &mdash; but otherwise, food is the only major expense (and we bring most of it with us for what a week's worth of groceries would cost). All that's left to do is sit back, relax, and listen to the tunes waft through the breeze.</p> <h2>23. Pack Smart</h2> <p>If you know you're going to be driving through rest stops or waiting long hours at airports, try to resist the usual temptations. All those magazines, books, bottled waters, fast food meals, and other comfort items add up. Pack your travel bag the smart way and bring your own supplies &mdash; snacks, neck-pillows, library books, etc. &mdash; from home for free.</p> <h2>24. Fuel to Your Advantage</h2> <p>Now's the time to use your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">credit card that earns points for gas</a> and other travel purchases. Apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683?mt=8">GasBuddy</a>, <a href="http://ipod.about.com/od/iphoneappsreviews/fr/Smart-Fuel-App-Review.htm">SmartFuel</a>, and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id299969005?mt=8">Fuel Finder</a> can certainly save you some major dollars on fueling that will accumulate to big bucks over time.</p> <h2>25. Stay Home</h2> <p>I think by now we've all heard the word &quot;stay-cation,&quot; right? The idea? If you're really strapped, you don't need to go anywhere to get some rest and relaxation. Sometimes just taking a few days off and living it up in your hometown does the trick. Much like with traveling locally, you'll want to make a list of things to do. Now's the time to check out that new restaurant that opened downtown. Hang your hammock and enjoy!</p> <p><em>How do you save on summer travel? The more tips the better &mdash; I'm sure we could all use a vacation!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F25%20Ways%20to%20Have%20the%20Best%2C%20Cheapest%20Summer%20Vacation.jpg&amp;description=25%20Ways%20to%20Have%20the%20Best%2C%20Cheapest%20Summer%20Vacation" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/25%20Ways%20to%20Have%20the%20Best%2C%20Cheapest%20Summer%20Vacation.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar">5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cheap travel hotels road trips summer vacation vacation Mon, 26 May 2014 09:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1140314 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Great, Cheap Summer Vacations http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sumvaca-travel-4159404-small.jpg" alt="women on trip" title="women on trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The sky is brighter, the air is warming up, and the layers of clothes are getting peeled off. That can only mean one thing &mdash; summer is near.</p> <p>One of the things that I love most about going on vacation is the chance to break out of my everyday routines, eat crappy foods guilt-free, and stay up blissfully late watching as much trashy reality TV as I please. Setting aside daily responsibilities, trying new things, being in a different space, and having care-free fun is refreshing. But while it'd be nice to go to Fiji or another distant tropical paradise, that just isn't reality for a lot of us.</p> <p>So what do you do when money is tight, you don't want to get further into debt, and you really need a vacation? You still take a vacation, but just a frugal one. One that your budget will love. Here are eight frugal summer vacation ideas to get you going. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. The All-American, Almighty Road-Trip Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-4585363-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>About ten years ago, my husband was able to travel through thirty different states in the span of a month-and-a-half with a friend in a $400, 1982 Chevy Sprint. It's an experience he'll never forget, and while gas prices do get high in the summer, the road trip is still one of the cheapest options for frugal vacations.</p> <p>Grab a map, pack a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G66GS8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000G66GS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">large cooler</a>, stop at grocery stores along the way, sing cheesy songs, tell stories you've never told before, watch the sun rise and set, and make yourself some memories. (Can be combined with the &quot;I Had No Idea There Were Over 400 National Parks&quot; vacation below, if you're feeling adventurous.)</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">How to Take Frugal Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>2. The Infamous Staycation Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-reading-4795211-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Set a time frame. If you can only get two to three days off from work (or less), that's okay!</p> <p>This is how you do it &mdash; turn off the phones, put an auto reply on your email, turn off the computer (and really keep it off), don't check your usual social media feeds, and really allow yourself a break from everyday life and the technology that comes along with it.</p> <p>Then, go to the grocery store and get sundae supplies: ice cream, candy toppings, hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream, and why not throw in some cherries too? You are on vacation after all! Rent those guilty-pleasure movies you've been wanting to see, and settle in for a movie marathon. Those books and magazines that have been stacking up? This is the time to read them! Those museum exhibits you've been dying to see but just don't have the time for? Go check 'em out! Hanging with friends on a patio on a random Tuesday night? Go for it!</p> <p>The point is to have fun, indulge in some pleasures you normally don't get to, and get out of your normal routine.</p> <h2>3. The &quot;I Had No Idea There Were 58 National Parks&quot; Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="302" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-5203508-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You can purchase an annual <a href="http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm">National Parks pass</a> for $80. The pass provides access to <a href="http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/parks/">58 National Parks</a> throughout the United States with big-name attractions like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Everglades, and Yosemite. Once you're in the parks, you can hike around and obtain a spot to setup a tent for a very low fee.</p> <h2>4. The Survivalist &quot;Is This Really Considered a Vacation?&quot; Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-4275723-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I know some people like to be non-stop busy on vacation, and then they need a vacation <em>after</em> the &quot;vacation.&quot; If you're one of those people, then a backpacking or biking trip might be just right for you. Borrow gear from a knowledgeable friend, talk to your local outdoor pro, and take an adventure along the <a href="http://www.pcta.org/">Pacific Crest Trail</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Divide_Trail">Great Divide Trail</a>, or <a href="http://www.appalachiantrail.org">Appalachian Trail</a>. Just make sure to take all of the necessary precautions and do the necessary training prior to attempting this one.</p> <p>(Wise Bread Pick: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NU8W0Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003NU8W0Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=seealso-20">Chrome Citizen Messenger Bag at Amazon</a>)</p> <h2>5. The &quot;You Wanna Switch Houses?&quot; Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-home-2331734-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Talk to other families to see if they need a break from their daily life too. Swap houses (or apartments) with each other for the weekend to get a change of scenery. It's simple and free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">Free Accommodations With Home Exchanges</a>)</p> <h2>6. The Traveling Mooch Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-friends-5109500-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Think about who you know in other cities, and go visit them. See if your friends will let you crash at their place and show you around their town. This vacation can be combined with the next vacation on the list, &quot;The Greyhound Bus Adventure Vacation,&quot; for added frugality. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Rules to Be an Excellent Houseguest</a>)</p> <h2>7. The Greyhound Bus Adventure Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-673253-medium.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>When I was a college student, I would ride the <a href="http://www.greyhound.com/">Greyhound Bus</a> all the time to go and visit my family. It was a rough, cheap ride, and I got to meet a bunch of people I normally wouldn't get a chance to. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The 5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>8. The &quot;You're Already On Vacation&quot; Vacation</h2> <p><img width="605" height="303" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sumvaca-3371498-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Hone your <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation">meditation skills</a> to transport yourself to another dimension at any time. Meditating can be used to take a break from everyday life without leaving your house or taking time off from work. Bonus &mdash; it's free, and no packing is involved.</p> <p>Disconnecting, breaking out of the daily ruts, and infusing some extra fun is all it takes to make a vacation a vacation, whether you're going near or far, and being frugal or not.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-great-cheap-summer-vacations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Great%2C%20Cheap%20Summer%20Vacations.jpg&amp;description=8%20Great%2C%20Cheap%20Summer%20Vacations" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Great%2C%20Cheap%20Summer%20Vacations.jpg" alt="8 Great, Cheap Summer Vacations" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anna-newell-jones">Anna Newell Jones</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-affordable-vacation-ideas">9 Fun and Affordable Vacation Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget vacations cheap vacations road trips staycations summer vacation Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Anna Newell Jones 915134 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Find the Best Local Discounts for a Trip http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-local-discounts-for-a-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-the-best-local-discounts-for-a-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5377122826_42cd9d7d86_b.jpg" alt="woman holding cupcake" title="woman holding cupcake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're planning a vacation, you've probably already found yourself a <a href="http://dealnews.com/c206/Everything-Else/Travel-Entertainment?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews travel entertainment deals">great deal on airfare and accommodations</a>. But what about those exhilarating city-specific activities and scrumptious must-eats that make vacationing all the more memorable? With the birth of local deal sites, you can now unearth savings in other areas of your trip.</p> <p>Several months ago, we laid out the <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-to-Use-Local-Deals-to-Save-Money-on-Your-Next-Vacation/444513.html?eref=wisebread" title="using local deal sites">pros and cons to using various local deal sites</a> to discount activities while traveling. Now, we revisit some of those tips, and bring you some advice about strategy, directly from the source.</p> <h3>Plan Ahead With Groupon, Living Social, and the Like</h3> <p>Many people are familiar with the fantastic discounts that local deal sites like <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658" title="Groupon">Groupon</a> offer, but many neglect to use them while traveling. Usually, the idea comes too late. And according to Julie Anne Mossler at Groupon, a traveler looking to score a local deal should be on the lookout at least a month in advance, to get an idea for the types of deals that are available. (Plus, you just want a greater variety to choose from.)</p> <p>But it doesn't stop at just domestic locations. Groupon expanded internationally in May of last year and now spouts out daily deals in 43 countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Company representatives say that domestic deal hunting for travel purposes has been a growing trend, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations" title="5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations">international travelers</a> will likely follow suit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources" title="40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <p>Both Groupon and <a href="http://livingsocial.com" title="Living Social">Living Social</a> claim to provide non-touristy deals perfect for travelers and city-regulars alike, meaning local staffs scour and filter through to pick the best deals within each city. (Dealnews has a <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-to-Use-Local-Deals-to-Save-Money-on-Your-Next-Vacation/444513.html?eref=wisebread" title="local deal sites review">review of these local deal sites</a> for specific travel purposes.) Be wary, though, of just using these websites. Tried and true forums like Yelp and regional websites and magazines are good cross-checking sources for travelers wanting to ensure they're seeing the right sights, buying offers in neighborhoods that are relevant to their trip, or getting, for instance, <e>the best cupcake in town as an end-of-day reward.</e></p> <p>While Mossler notes the appeal to having a deal site for even the more exotic locales, such as Hong Kong, the caveat is that the site is usually in the native language of the country. In cases like these, making use of Google Translate may come in handy. Groupon Getaways also provides sidebars with complementary deals &mdash; hence a getaway in Bangkok would be coupled with, for example, a good deal on tickets to the city's popular local theater.</p> <h3>Finding Offers on the Go</h3> <p>For those already on vacation, Groupon Now! is a real-time alternative that also alleviates the uncertainty of trying to place a deal in your itinerary before you leave. Though it's only available in 25 cities, the mobile app is available for <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/groupon/id352683833" title="Groupon iPhone">iPhone</a>, <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.groupon" title="Groupon Android">Android</a>, and <a href="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/22202" title="Groupon Blackberry">Blackberry</a> and provides deals straight to your phone based on your current location.</p> <p>Such was the case for Yasmin Ali, who recently visited New York City and used the application to see if there was a nearby deal to satiate her sweet tooth after dinner. &quot;We came across a great crepe place,&quot; she said. &quot;It turned out to be great food and a great deal.&quot;</p> <h3>Think Before You Buy</h3> <p>Being vigilant, however, is key. Midwest native and successful Groupon traveler Meha Ahmad reminds travelers to read the fine print. &quot;I would recommend, before purchasing a deal, to call the company or business ahead of time to double check the fine print and availability of the deal,&quot; she says. &quot;You want to make sure your deal is usable for the time that you'll be in the city.&quot;</p> <p>Since deals get booked fast, it's always a good precautionary measure to call before or as you buy. And with attentive and careful planning, you can end up with an excellent addition to your trip. Ahmad got lucky when planning for a trip to Vegas by finding the perfect activity and scheduling a slot in the nick of time for her very last day.</p> <p>&quot;Activities like zip lining and ATV riding in the desert sounded amazing, but were a bit out of our price range,&quot; she says. &quot;As luck would have it, there was a Groupon for the exact ATV tour I was hoping for! We got 50% off the original price, and were able to pay for four people what we would have paid for two.&quot;</p> <p>Pretty sweet deal, don't you think?</p> <p>Planning for an upcoming trip? Check out the <a href="http://dealnews.com/local.html?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews local deals">dealnews local deals section</a> to scour for discounts on food, drink, and activities.</p> <p><em>This post is by </em><a title="dealnews" href="http://dealnews.com/"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-find-the-best-local-discounts-for-a-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Find%20the%20Best%20Local%20Discounts%20for%20a%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Find%20the%20Best%20Local%20Discounts%20for%20a%20Trip" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Find%20the%20Best%20Local%20Discounts%20for%20a%20Trip.jpg" alt="How to Find the Best Local Discounts for a Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re planning a vacation, you&#039;ve probably already found a great deal on airfare and accommodations. Now use local deal sites to save on other areas of your trip. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-local-discounts-for-a-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel business trips finding deals road trips vacations Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:24:19 +0000 Dealnews 685398 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Fresh Ideas for Healthy Road Trip Snacks http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_in_car.jpg" alt="Kids in a car" title="Kids in a car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re going on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-and-frugal-ideas-for-family-road-trips">family road trip</a>, you really can&rsquo;t escape the need to pack some food. Even if you&rsquo;re planning on eating out or preparing food in the kitchen at your destination, packing a few healthy road trip snacks is still a necessity. Traffic delays, vehicle troubles, and other travel snafus are common enough that at some point you will indeed be dining in your car. Here&rsquo;s how to stay prepared. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meals-on-wheels-four-simple-tips-for-dining-in-your-car">Meals on Wheels: Four Simple Tips for Dining in Your Car</a>)</p> <h3>Roasted Chickpeas</h3> <p>Typically I&rsquo;d use these more for family movie night than for road trip snacks. That being said, there&rsquo;s no reason you can&rsquo;t take a batch of roasted <a href="http://webesharin.com/2011/07/26/the-curious-cook%E2%80%99s-guide-to-chick-peas/">chickpeas</a> in the car with you. Season them with a flavor blend the whole family likes and store them in kid-friendly airtight containers for the road trip. They&rsquo;re crunchy, packed with protein, and perfect for families dealing with peanut allergies.</p> <h3>Canning Jar Anti-Trail Mix</h3> <p>Before all of the world&rsquo;s backpackers descend and accuse me of sacrilege, let me just say that I am indeed a trail mix fan. That being said, when it comes to healthy road trip snacks, I&rsquo;ve found we get more meal mileage by keeping certain items separate. By filling quart-sized <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">canning jars</a> with various items such as <a href="http://webesharin.com/2011/07/19/creative-uses-for-sunflower-seed-kernels/">sunflower seed kernels</a>, walnuts, and dried fruit, we have the items we need to mix up trail mix if we desire. However, we also have individual items that can be used for hotel oatmeal toppings, salads, and other simple travel meals.</p> <p>The jars are easy to keep organized in sectioned, fabric wine bags. Remember those ones I pick up for free while <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bargain-shopping-at-whole-foods-12-strategies-for-success">bargain shopping at Whole Foods</a>? I can easily slip canning jars into the sections designed for individual wine bottles and stand the whole thing upright in a milk crate or clear tub. If we run out of something a few days into the trip, the jars are easy enough to fill up again from the bulk bins at the grocery store.</p> <h3>Sun Tea</h3> <p>Hey, it&rsquo;s not just for your back porch anymore. Using large canning jars filled with water, slip an organic green or white tea bag in and hang the string and paper tag outside of the jar before putting the cover on. If you do this in the morning and store it in a clear tub or milk crate near the back window, you&rsquo;ll have fresh sun tea to pour into your travel mugs by your mid-day stop. Just be sure to pack something soft behind the jar so it doesn&rsquo;t accidentally get cracked. If you use a half-gallon sized canning jar, you&rsquo;ll have enough for several people. Plus, you can start another batch after you distribute the tea from the morning. How cool is that?</p> <h3>Whole Fruit</h3> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t get more low prep than this. Simple, whole fruits like <a href="http://webesharin.com/2011/07/31/banana-recipes-for-every-occasion/">bananas</a>, apples, and even seedless grapes make perfect healthy road trip snacks. Keep a container to hold the peels and cores and compost them when you arrive at your destination. It&rsquo;s an easy, zero-waste solution that keeps road food fun and nutritious.</p> <h3>Crudités</h3> <p>They are selling large bags of pre-cut crudités mix now at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-are-worth-buying-at-costco">warehouse stores</a> for a song. Pack a jar of homemade <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">peanut sauce</a>, or purchase large bulk jars of salad dressings that can also be used as dips. Ranch, honey-mustard, or Vidalia onion flavors all work well, as does the sweet Thai chili sauce in the quart-sized bottle. If you decide to go with the dipping option, then these are more of a snack to enjoy at the rest area. Otherwise, you&rsquo;re going to have sauce all over the car. (Tip: A nice middle-of-the-road option here is to use plain <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">peanut butter</a> on the crudités. The kids will dig it, and you&rsquo;ll have less mess than with a thinner sauce.)</p> <h3>Grab and Takes</h3> <p>While you can certainly find a power bar on the market to suit any dietary requirement (halal, vegan, kosher, gluten free), finding an affordable and easy option to make yourself is a great way to control nutrition, cost, and calories. For me, that option is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-cooking-breakfast-cookies-for-the-life-hacker-on-the-go">breakfast cookies</a>. Easily customized to suit your family&rsquo;s tastes and budget, breakfast cookies can be prepared with chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/raisin-the-bar-cool-ideas-for-the-mother-of-all-bargain-fruits">raisins</a>, and even dates.</p> <h3>Spiced Almonds</h3> <p>With all the health benefits associated with almonds, finding ways to incorporate them into your diet more often just seems to make good sense. Normally, I make <a href="http://webesharin.com/2010/11/22/spiced-roasted-almonds/">spiced almonds</a> for holiday treats and hostess gifts. But if we have a long road trip ahead of us, I&rsquo;m not above whipping up a batch for those extra-long days in the vehicle. They taste great, travel well, and provide a serious protein hit precisely when we need it.</p> <p>Whatever road trip snacks you choose, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/keep-these-things-in-your-car-save-money">keeping food in your car</a> does more than save you money. It saves your sanity when travel difficulties arise. So how about it, readers? Do you have any additional ideas for healthy road trip snacks?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">How to Make Your Own Popcorn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-compact-airplane-snacks-for-frequent-fliers">6 Compact Airplane Snacks for Frequent Fliers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel cheap snacks healthy snacks road trips Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:48:20 +0000 Staff 675801 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Money-Saving Tips for the Summer Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-tips-for-the-summer-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-saving-tips-for-the-summer-road-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/road_trip_driving.jpg" alt="Two guys on a road trip" title="Two guys on a road trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation season is upon us. Unfortunately, U.S. consumers aren't catching a break from exorbitant fuel costs.</p> <p>Still, high gas prices and the rising cost of other consumer goods aren't enough to keep most people from hitting the road this summer. Nearly 60% of Americans will take a trip during the next three months, up from 51% in 2010, according to a survey by American Express. (Disclaimer: American Express is an advertiser on Wise Bread.)</p> <p>The majority will be traveling in a car. (AAA estimates that 88% of the 35 million people who traveled during Memorial Day weekend did so by car.)</p> <p>Although road trips are generally less expensive than flying a family of four to a tropical vacation spot, they can just as easily break a family&rsquo;s budget if not carefully monitored.</p> <p>Here are five simple steps to help curb expenses and maximize the family budget on a summer road trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-a-road-trip">How to Survive a Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tune Up Your Car</h2> <p>With the rising price of gas, a summer road trip can quickly become expensive.To make sure that each tank of gas takes you as far as possible, have your car tuned up prior to departure. Have all the fluids checked, change the oil and air filter, and make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Doing so can greatly increase your miles per gallon, which can leave plenty of money in your pocket for souvenirs or even an extra day on the road.</p> <h2>2. Stay With Friends and Relatives</h2> <p>If your cross-country journey will take you through a few towns where family and friends reside, see if they have a spare bedroom you could stay in for a night. Not only will staying with friends or family save you money, but it will also give you an excuse to catch up and spend some quality time together.</p> <h2>3. Book in Advance</h2> <p>If you know which cities you will be staying at during your road trip, book hotels online and in advance. Doing so will save you money and prevent you from having to drive from hotel to hotel each night looking for a vacancy. If that fails, you can always try to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-your-own-hotel-deal">negotiate directly with a hotel clerk</a>.</p> <h2>4. Keep an Itinerary</h2> <p>Part of the fun of a road trip is the spontaneity it provides. But allowing the open road to completely rule your day-to-day adventures can quickly cause you to go over budget. To stay within budget without losing the wonder of the open road, consider creating a basic itinerary. Determine which cities you will be driving through and try to find fun-yet-inexpensive places to eat at and visit. Doing so will give you a good reason to occasionally stretch your legs, provide great memories and entertainment, and help you save a few extra dollars.</p> <h2>5. Look for Discounts</h2> <p>If you have a specific <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/disneyland-on-the-sort-of-cheap">theme park</a> or attraction in mind for your ultimate destination, look online for any discounts you can take to the front gate. Many attractions offer discounts or coupons online that can dramatically decrease entrance fees &mdash; some as much as 50%. Prior to leaving for your road trip, research the attraction online and see if you can&rsquo;t find discounted entrance fees for it or for other shows and attractions along the way.</p> <p>Choosing to road trip is a great way for families to see a lot of new landscape for a relatively low price. There are many stops along the way that individuals and families alike can find wonder in, and many roadside attractions can provide long-lasting laughs and memories. So when your family chooses to go on a road trip this summer, simply plan ahead so that you will be able to optimize your vacation time without breaking the bank.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-money-saving-tips-for-the-summer-road-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Money-Saving%20Tips%20for%20the%20Summer%20Road%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=5%20Money-Saving%20Tips%20for%20the%20Summer%20Road%20Trip" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Money-Saving%20Tips%20for%20the%20Summer%20Road%20Trip.jpg" alt="5 Money-Saving Tips for the Summer Road Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-tips-for-the-summer-road-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group">5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage">11 Smart Ways to Boost Your Gas Mileage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel gas mileage houseguests road trips Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:48:14 +0000 Chris Birk 575182 at http://www.wisebread.com Little Road Trips Here and There: Little Savings Everywhere http://www.wisebread.com/little-road-trips-here-and-there-little-savings-everywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/little-road-trips-here-and-there-little-savings-everywhere" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Lake Almanor Saturday010.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve gone on two road trips this summer, with two more to go. Trips with a family of four can get expensive, but they don&rsquo;t have to be.&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s my advice on where to cut corners and where to splurge, and have fun doing so.</p> <h2>Rental car versus your car</h2> <p>Most rental cars aren&rsquo;t maintained for a lengthy trip. I reserved a car from Avis, but when I went to pick it up the tires were bald and they refused to put new tires on it. I refused the rental. They offered to upgrade but their upgrade was a gas guzzler. Be careful with accepting upgrades on rental cars. Keep your destination in mind. An explosive fight between a husband and wife unfolded in front of us as the husband accepted an upgrade to a bigger, better, longer vehicle. The wife called him any number of choice names. &ldquo;We are going to San Francisco!&rdquo; She screamed, &ldquo;just where do you expect us to park that boat?&rdquo;</p> <p>Unless your own car is on its last legs or you are concerned about adding miles to it, my mechanic says to take your own car.&nbsp; If you do regular maintenance on your car (tune-ups, oil changes, recommendations from the manufacturer) then your car should be up for the challenge. In my case, the road trips are what got me to give my car the tune-up it was asking for. So I now have a well maintained car with new tires, because the road trips made me anxious to make sure the car was in good shape. Without the threat of travel, I&rsquo;d still be behind in my maintenance. Apparently many people tune up their cars before road trips, so going on a road trip might actually <em>help</em> your car&rsquo;s maintenance.</p> <p>If you have kids with you---it&rsquo;s less stressful to be in your own vehicle. You never know when junior is going to get artistic with the back passenger side window. If it&rsquo;s yours, you panic less.</p> <h2>Food&nbsp;</h2> <p>My family likes to fill up a cooler and picnic basket full of food and drinks, along with a cutting board and knife. We don't forage exclusively from this, but it allows us some control of the food availability this way. There could be long stretches of the road where you'd be hard pressed to find a piece of fruit. That&rsquo;s when it&rsquo;s great to have carrot and celery sticks at the ready. An empty calorie fast food stop can run you up to $20 for a family of four.</p> <p>Having said that, we DO stop at fast food for the bathroom and maybe a shared order of fries. That saves $18 bucks each stop. We eat out of the picnic basket until we can&rsquo;t handle seeing anything in it or we finish it.</p> <p>We keep a look out for Asian restaurants that serve food family style. Family style means we can order for two people and have extra plates for the kiddies, instead of having to order a full separate meal they won&rsquo;t eat. That saves us money on the kids. On our last trip we dropped $60 bucks on a great Indian food dinner, but we took the leftovers and ate them for breakfast the next day! Nothing was wasted, everything was good.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are going to some place known for its food, of course you don&rsquo;t want to skimp on the food. Instead, skimp on breakfast and dinner, and make the big meal lunch since lunch is often cheaper than dinner. Eat with your region. One of the most expensive things to do food wise is to try and eat the same as you do at home. Eat what the locals eat--it&rsquo;s going to be cheaper.</p> <h2>Accommodations</h2> <p>We do a mix of things. Obviously crashing on your best friend from college&rsquo;s couch ain&rsquo;t going to work with two kids and a husband (unless they are really mellow with a really big house). Our rule of thumb is that if we are invited to stay with friends, we stay one day less than they anticipated, and we only stay with people that are messier than we are.&nbsp;</p> <p>More often than not we wind up at motels. After much trial and error we&rsquo;ve decided that Comfort Inns and Best Westerns are the best way to go. They have more options on the continental breakfast (cutting out a meal on the road), have bath tubs (important with kids), have working pools (another important thing with kids) and are usually really clean. They take AAA discounts (which really just knocks off the tax).&nbsp;</p> <p>What works best though is going to the town next door to the town you really want to go to. For example Ashland, Oregon is the big theatre destination with rooms running up to $300 a night. So if we go to Ashland, we drive 10 minutes and stay in Medford, which doesn&rsquo;t carry the same high rate ( we stayed for 1/3 of what the price in Ashland was).</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got long term plans, think of housing swaps. In the 10 years that friends of mine and I have done this, I&rsquo;ve only heard one story from one couple where this didn&rsquo;t work out.</p> <h2>Souvenirs</h2> <p>When you travel with kids, this is the big one outside of food that can really set you back. Create family traditions that don't revolve around buying high priced and useless souvenirs. We put together a road trip scrapbook where we collect everything from leaves, matchbooks, postcards, menus, business cards--any piece of something that can be glued into a scrapbook. Time permitting, we like to stop at used bookstores or thriftstores where we might find the typical souvenir t-shirt from the area.&nbsp; Our souvenir becomes a few pages in the scrapbook rather than a shot glass that we might not use again. We know going into the trip that we are working on a scrapbook so everyone in the car is on the look out for symbolic things to put in the book.</p> <h2>Car toys&nbsp;</h2> <p>A couple of weeks before the trip, I glean the rooms and toyboxes for things the kids haven&rsquo;t seen in awhile that would be good to occupy the kids in the car. I add a homemade journal for each kid of plain white paper with construction paper covers. When they are strapped in the car seats I present them with the new old backpack of forgotten toys and journal. It works like a charm and keeps them from fighting for at least a half hour while they look at all their forgotten treasures.</p> <p>Lastely, don't forget that AAA allows you to get free maps and discounted rooms, as well as roadside assistance which provides a sense of security while you're on the open road.</p> <p>The most successful road trip vacations incorporate a balance of two important elements: spontaneity and planning. While these might seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum and enemies of each other, they really aren&rsquo;t. When applied successfully, spontaneity and planning go hand in hand. Keep this in the back of your head while driving.</p> <p><em>What are some of your road trip suggestions for making better, cheaper road trips happen?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Post? 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