road trip http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2704/all en-US 6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-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/couple_driving_in_car.jpg" alt="Couple driving in car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping can be a great way to make a long road trip more affordable and fun. Not only will you get to spend more time in the great outdoors, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by forgoing hotels for at least part of the journey. Boost your savings even further by preparing some of your own meals and bringing along items to keep everyone active and entertained. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cooler</h2> <p>One of the best ways to save money on a road trip is to cut down on dining out. Though you might find some reasonably priced eateries along the way, none of them are likely to beat the price of preparing cheap meals for yourself. In order to do this effectively, you'll need a way to keep your perishable groceries cold.</p> <p>Obviously you're not going to be able to pack things like vegetables and meat and expect them to last for the entire journey. But a cooler does allow you to pick things up along the way and keep them fresh for a short time as you go. You can even get coolers that plug into your car's cigarette lighter and act as mini refrigerators. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a>)</p> <h2>2. Water filter</h2> <p>You're going to need to stay hydrated on your journey, and buying drinks at gas stations or stores will quickly add up. Despite the initial cost, purchasing a water filter system will save you plenty of dollars in the long-term, as it will allow you to drink water from virtually any source, whether it&rsquo;s a public bathroom tap or even a puddle.</p> <p>There are various products that filter contaminants out of the water so it's safe to drink. These devices range from <a href="http://amzn.to/2h11eu5" target="_blank">portable, lightweight straws</a>, to <a href="http://amzn.to/2gx5uB5" target="_blank">water bottles that incorporate the filter</a> into the design. The best ones filter out over 99 percent of contaminants, including bacteria and parasites, and also strip the water of any bad taste or smell.</p> <h2>3. Basic camping gear</h2> <p>Essentials for sleeping include a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tents?ref=internal" target="_blank">tent</a>, a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads?ref=internal" target="_blank">sleeping mat</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags?ref=internal" target="_blank">sleeping bag</a>, and pillow. If you're planning on making camping road trips a regular occurrence then it's worth investing in this equipment, but you could also borrow these items from a friend and not spend a dime.</p> <p>Campsites are usually very reasonably priced and many come with plenty of modern amenities such as showers, electricity, and even Wi-Fi. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <h2>4. A portable stove</h2> <p>In order to make your own meals, you'll need something to cook them on, and a portable stove is just the thing. They come in all shapes and sizes, but you don't need anything more than a single burner to make a simple, nutritious, and delicious meal in next to no time.</p> <p>You can set up a portable stove absolutely anywhere outdoors, and unlike a campfire, it isn&rsquo;t difficult to set up, and it leaves absolutely no trace once you've finished. Not only will a portable stove save you money on food, but there's no need to visit an expensive coffee chain for your daily caffeine fix. Instead, boil some water and make your own.</p> <p>I personally use the <a href="http://amzn.to/2yJB8nn" target="_blank">MSR Pocket Rocket</a> because it's efficient, powerful, and very compact. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</a>)</p> <h2>5. A good rewards credit card</h2> <p>This one can be a real money saver (and moneymaker). Before heading out on a road trip, make sure you have a good rewards credit card that will acquire points for all of your spending during the trip, mainly the money you spend at the pumps and at grocery stores.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">best gas rewards credit cards</a> can earn you cash just for spending on gas. Get one that offers additional bonuses for grocery store stops or dining.</p> <p>Road trips are inherently expensive, so any little bit of money you can save can really help. If you&rsquo;re planning your epic road trip for the spring of next year, apply for a card now and start earning rewards on your purchases as soon as possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>6. Games</h2> <p>If you've got a family with young kids, keeping them entertained on the road can be difficult. While you&rsquo;ll certainly want to see some attractions on your trip, you can avoid excess entertainment expenses by taking some engaging games with you.</p> <p>It's good to take a selection of games that will suit everyone's tastes when you've stopped driving for the day, and don't rule out the humble deck of cards. Get a friendly competition going and the kids will soon forget about hitting up the local overpriced arcade.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Essential%2520Money-Saving%2520Items%2520to%2520Take%2520On%2520a%2520Camping%2520Road%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=6%20Essential%20Money-Saving%20Items%20to%20Take%20On%20a%20Camping%20Road%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/u5180/6%20Essential%20Money-Saving%20Items%20to%20Take%20On%20a%20Camping%20Road%20Trip.jpg" alt="6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping 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/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-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-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/9-car-parts-that-are-safe-to-buy-used">9 Car Parts That Are Safe to Buy Used</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/the-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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/the-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</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/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-discount-airfare-deal">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Discount Airfare Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel camping driving long drive road trip road trip essentials saving money travel essentials Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2072167 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-637322232.jpg" alt="avoid these mistakes when moving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last summer, my family and I moved from Lafayette, Indiana to Milwaukee, Wisconsin so that my husband could take a new job. Once we got settled in our new house, I politely informed my husband that I would &quot;never, ever move again, so don't even think about asking me.&quot;</p> <p>This reaction to moving is a common one. Moving is incredibly stressful, requiring a great deal of planning, money, time, and flexibility as situations inevitably change. On top of all that, there are a number of easy mistakes to make when planning a move that can add to the stress and the cost of it all &mdash; especially if you are moving across the country.</p> <p>Before you plan your next major move, make sure you protect yourself from these common moving mistakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-long-distance-move?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Save on a Long-Distance Move)</a></p> <h2>1. Falling victim to a moving scam</h2> <p>Since you're relocating to a different state, it's completely understandable why you might want to hire movers rather than pack up and haul your own stuff in a rental truck. However, it's important to make sure you hire a moving company whom you can trust, since there are a number of scam companies (known in the industry as &quot;rogue operators&quot;) out there pulling shady deals.</p> <p>According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), this is what you can expect from a legitimate moving company:</p> <ul> <li>An in-home estimate. Long-distance moving costs are calculated on the distance your stuff has to be hauled and the weight and size of your goods. If a mover offers you a cost estimate sight unseen, it's a red flag that you shouldn't trust them with your stuff.</li> <li>A copy of <a href="https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Rights-and-Responsibilities-2013.pdf" target="_blank">Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move</a><em>. </em>Federal regulations require all registered movers provide their customers with this document.</li> <li>A contract that includes price estimates, pickup and delivery dates, and insurance coverage amounts.</li> <li>To pay at the time of delivery. Reputable companies do not request upfront payment.</li> <li>While it's possible for a moving company to legally make an estimate that is too low, federal law requires registered movers to complete delivery as long as you pay 110 percent of the estimated price.</li> </ul> <p>If any mover you contact does not offer these, then you should choose a different mover. You can also research the background of any interstate mover, including complaints, safety information, licensing, registration status with the Department of Transportation, and company contact information on the <a href="https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp" target="_blank">FMCSA website</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Moving? Don't Skimp on These Critical Expenses</a>)</p> <h2>2. Waiting until the last minute to plan your move</h2> <p>When we left Lafayette in June 2016, our movers cleared out the house on a Thursday, but the Milwaukee temporary housing provided by my husband's company did not kick in until Saturday. We had two nights in an empty house before we could arrive in Milwaukee.</p> <p>This particular moving discomfort could have been avoided if we had planned the move better. We waited to set up the temporary housing, which meant we had fewer choices of which nights we could stay.</p> <p>Our two days of no beds was a relatively minor discomfort. But waiting until the last minute to find a mover or make other major moving plans can cause potentially huge problems. If you have to scramble to find a mover during prime moving season &mdash; between May and September &mdash; then you are less likely to have the necessary time to do your due diligence to find a reputable mover. You may also find that all of the local rental trucks are already spoken for if you don't call ahead.</p> <h2>3. Forgetting to set up utilities in your new home</h2> <p>Moving day is generally a long and exhausting slog. It's even worse if you finally get into your new home, only to find the lights won't turn on because you forgot to get the utilities set up in your name. This kind of mistake is even tougher to deal with if you move on a weekend and you have to wait until business hours on Monday to make the call to your new utility companies.</p> <p>Either your real estate agent or your landlord should be able to provide you with the contact information for each utility you will need in your new home. About two weeks before your move, contact the local utility companies to give them ample time to turn everything on and/or transfer everything into your name.</p> <h2>4. Putting off purging, prioritizing, and packing</h2> <p>It can hardly be a coincidence that no one has ever coined the expression &quot;as fun and exciting as packing!&quot; Packing is the opposite of a good time, and many a mover has put off doing the important work of sorting and packing their stuff until moving day.</p> <p>There are a couple of reasons why this is a big mistake. Not only does it add to your stress as you get closer to your move, but you also end up putting off the process of prioritizing and purging your stuff. You may end up packing things you would have been happy to sell or give away, adding to the total cost of your move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-3-things-to-take-and-3-things-to-leave-behind?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Moving? 3 Things to Take, and 3 Things to Leave Behind</a>)</p> <h2>5. Forgetting to label your boxes</h2> <p>Even though my family has been in our new home for over a year, there are still piles of unopened boxes in our basement, each labeled with some variation of the world &quot;miscellaneous.&quot;</p> <p>Don't get me wrong, there is a bit of a Christmas morning feel to opening these mystery boxes. I was delighted to find some of our kitchen utensils (along with a couple of framed pictures, a purse or two, and some shoes) in one recently-opened box. But my life would be a lot easier if I knew what was in each box before having to open it.</p> <p>I had forgotten just how long the unpacking process can take, and I had assumed that I'd be unpacking these boxes within a few weeks of packing them, so I'd remember what had been put into &quot;miscellaneous&quot; boxes, sweet optimist that I was.</p> <p>As you pack, make sure you label each box as specifically as you can. You'll be much happier knowing you can put your hands on important things and knowing which boxes can wait a few weeks (or more than a year) to be officially unpacked.</p> <h2>6. Thinking of it as a sprint, when it's actually a marathon</h2> <p>Part of the reason why I hate moving is how much upheaval it causes in my family's life. It's my tendency to try to rush through that upheaval as quickly as possible in order to get life back to normal. When I was a single woman in my 20s, I would unpack from moves in a two-or-three day whirlwind, refusing to rest until each and every box was emptied and broken down, and all of my possessions had a new home.</p> <p>But moving cross-country with a family in tow doesn't offer the same kind of opportunities for such an unpack-a-thon. Instead of trying to get everything done as quickly as humanly possible, it's psychologically better to work steadily but surely, on everything you need to do for pre-move, moving day, and the great unpacking. That will help you maintain the energy you need to keep going through the long process of relocating.</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Favoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FAvoid%2520These%25206%2520Common%2520Mistakes%2520When%2520Moving%2520Across%2520the%2520Country_0.jpg&amp;description=Avoid%20These%206%20Common%20Mistakes%20When%20Moving%20Across%20the%20Country"></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/Avoid%20These%206%20Common%20Mistakes%20When%20Moving%20Across%20the%20Country_0.jpg" alt="Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country" 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/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country">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/moving-3-things-to-take-and-3-things-to-leave-behind">Moving? 3 Things to Take, and 3 Things to Leave Behind</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-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</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-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer</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/train-vs-plane-travel-which-is-right-for-you">Train vs. Plane Travel: Which Is Right for You?</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-get-more-value-from-united-airlines-miles">How to Get More Value From United Airlines Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Travel long-distance move moving moving across the country moving tips moving truck road trip travel tips Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2051606 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airstream_trailer_in_mojave_desert_at_sunset.jpg" alt="Airstream Trailer in Mojave Desert at Sunset" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airstream trailers are enjoying an Instagram-era resurgence. Their shiny, curvy exteriors and tiny-home interiors are just so dreamy that more and more of us are indulging in Airstream getaways. But the cold-as-aluminum reality is that a new Airstream trailer can cost upwards of $100,000, which is not an amount most of us would lay down without knowing for sure whether sleeping in a bunk beneath a riveted ceiling would make us claustrophobic or euphoric.</p> <p>Fortunately, a growing number of Airstream parks, motels, and Airbnb rentals are allowing stream-dreamers to try before they buy. Most of these accommodations are more glamping than roughing it, so don't be surprised if prices are comparable to hotels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kate's Lazy Desert Airstream Motel in Landers, California</h2> <p>Set in the ethereal Mojave High Desert outside Joshua Tree National Park, this motel features <a href="https://www.lazymeadow.com/" target="_blank">six vintage Airstream trailers</a> decorated by artists in themes such as Hot Lava (you feel like you're inside a lava lamp) and Tiki. But the real draw is that the park is influenced by the wacky style of the owner, Kate Pierson, of the B-52s. Bang, bang on the door, baby!</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $175 to $200 per night.</p> <h2>2. The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee, Arizona</h2> <p>Operating since 1927, this <a href="http://theshadydell.com/" target="_blank">resort along Highway 80</a> celebrates the retro kitsch of the Airstream lifestyle. Ten lovingly restored vintage trailers, including a 1955 Airstream, pair period decorations with modern comforts.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $85 to $95 per night.</p> <h2>3. Shooting Star RV Resort in Escalante, Utah</h2> <p>Imagine that you're hanging in John Wayne's trailer on set of John Ford's <em>The Searchers</em>. Well, you won't have to stretch your imagination far if you stay in <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/the-duke.html" target="_blank">The Duke</a>, just one of eight Hollywood-themed Airstreams at this glamping oasis in the wilderness.</p> <p>As if the trailers weren't enough of a Hollywood escape, after sunset you can watch a movie outside, <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/amenities.html" target="_blank">sitting in a classic car</a> just like a drive-in of yore.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $129 to $149 a night.</p> <h2>4. The Metro Hotel in Petaluma, California</h2> <p>This wine country <a href="http://www.metrolodging.com/" target="_blank">boutique hotel</a> features two Airstream trailers with brightly colored bedding and sleek modern interiors. One trailer is a 22-foot Bambi model; the other is a limited-edition 28-footer with a full kitchen and luxe bathroom. All guests get pastries and coffee in the morning, and The Metro offers a cafe and bike rentals for pedaling into historic downtown Petaluma.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $149 to $235 a night.</p> <h2>5. The Starlux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, New Jersey</h2> <p>Set on the Jersey Shore, this hotel has <a href="http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/starlux" target="_blank">two doo-wop-inspired trailers</a> for you to stay in swanky style, each with a double bed, a day bed, private bathroom, kitchenette, and lava lamp. You also have access to the hotel pool, and the beach and boardwalk are steps away.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $81 to $211 a night.</p> <h2>6. Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA in Maine</h2> <p>Sleep in a <a href="https://koa.com/campgrounds/bar-harbor-oceanside/site-type/cabin-accommodations/" target="_blank">modern 26-foot Airstream</a> equipped with a queen bed, a full bath with shower, and a Keurig coffee maker. This campground is on the same island as Acadia National Park. And a 10-minute drive gets you to the gorgeous coastline and freshwater lakes in the area.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $185 a night.</p> <h2>7. Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California</h2> <p>In the heart of the bohemian and artsy town of Ojai, <a href="http://caravanoutpost.com/" target="_blank">Caravan Outpost</a> consists of 11 &quot;curated&quot; Airstream trailers set in an urban garden. Outdoor movie nights and pop-up eateries add to the fun. Each trailer comes with complimentary bikes to explore the Ojai path.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $147 to $309 a night.</p> <h2>8. Wine Country Retreat in Temecula, California</h2> <p>Set in the heart of the Temecula wine country, <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10070014" target="_blank">this Airbnb rental</a> features a pool, an on-site vineyard, and 40 wineries within minutes. You can also watch hot air balloons float from the deck.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $119 a night and up.</p> <h2>9. Malibu Dream Airstream in Malibu, California</h2> <p>Five hundred dollars might seem like a lot to sleep in a trailer, but how gorgeous is <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3406062" target="_blank">this Airstream</a> perched on a bluff above a Malibu beach? Gorgeous enough that Vogue chose it as the backdrop for a photo shoot of bffs Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. And the entire ocean-facing side opens up for an endlessly gorgeous view.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $500 per night and up.</p> <h2>10. Airstream2go, various locations</h2> <p>But what if stationary wasn't the way you envisioned your Airstream adventure? After all, these babies were made to roll. This company will rent you one of their <a href="http://www.airstream2go.com/fleet/airstream-28-international" target="_blank">28-foot International Signature Series Airstreams</a>, laid out to sleep up to six, and a Chevy Tahoe to tow it with. They'll even plan an itinerary and program your GPS for you. Sample trips include driving through the Berkshires, exploring Coastal Maine, or rambling through the Southwest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings</a>)</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Starts at $2,300 for three days and tops out at $17,500 for two weeks during peak season. Prices include the SUV to tow.</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%2F10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Places%2520to%2520Try%2520the%2520Airstream%2520Lifestyle%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy%2520One_0.jpg&amp;description=10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One"></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/u5180/10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One_0.jpg" alt="10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One" 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/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one">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-4"> <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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</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-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</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-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle airstream airstream life camping road trip rv tiny house trailer travel Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:31:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2016673 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_s_road_trip.jpg" alt="Family&#039;s road trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've got your budget-friendly destination. You found the best hotel rate. You've got activities and meals in mind that won't eat up your savings. But what about the expense of the actual travel? From snacks to fuel to entertainment to handling the unexpected, these tips will help you keep costs low while you're on the road.</p> <h2>Be strategic with fuel</h2> <p>There's not much you can do to control the cost of fuel, but you can make sure your vehicle is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage?ref=internal" target="_blank">as fuel-efficient as possible</a>. The best way to do that is to keep your car well maintained. Keep up with regular oil changes and tire alignment, and your car will run cleaner, cooler, and have less drag.</p> <p>Also, don't wait until your tank is on empty and you're forced to use the nearest gas station. Instead, use a service like <a href="http://www.gasbuddy.com" target="_blank">GasBuddy</a> to find nearby gas stations with the best fuel prices. Plan your stops accordingly; if you're traveling with young kids, chances are one of them will need to use the restroom, anyway. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>Pack snacks and beverages</h2> <p>The most cost-efficient way to have plenty of snacks on a road trip is to bring your own. You can't be sure what fast food joint or gas station offers will be available. And how much beef jerky can you eat before you start to regret it? Buy or make your family's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks?ref=internal" target="_blank">favorite snack foods</a> in bulk before you leave, then package into single servings. Choose snacks that make the least possible mess. It's much easier to vacuum up crumbs than it is to clean gummy, sticky stains from car upholstery.</p> <p>Water is the best beverage for road trips. Take a cooler with ice and a couple of one-gallon jugs filled with fresh water. Refill individual bottles as needed. Juice, tea, or soda will lead to endless needs for bathroom breaks. Coffee, of course, fuels many drivers, as well. I prefer to start the journey with my own home-brewed coffee in my travel mug. You can also pick up coffee to go from any restaurant or gas station for very little. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a>)</p> <h2>Bring on-the-go entertainment</h2> <p>The biggest challenge for road trips with children is keeping them entertained. As with food, bringing your own entertainment options from home saves time and money.</p> <p>You don't need special items for road trip entertainment; you just need portable options. Mess-free art materials are great: colored pencils, washable markers, and sketchbooks. Download a selection of audiobooks before you go; <a href="https://librivox.org/" target="_blank">Librivox</a> offers hundreds for free. Update your music playlists, and download movies for them to watch on tablets you bring along. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids</a>)</p> <h2>Travel based on time of day</h2> <p>The best time of day to travel depends on time of the year, personal preference, destination, and the length of the trip. Many parents of young children find it easier to travel at night, when the kids will sleep for most of the way. That's a great option if the driver can stay awake.</p> <p>During the summer, driving at night can also keep the temperature lower, meaning less stress on the engine and better fuel efficiency. The calculable savings is minimal, so compare it to the increased coffee you'll require to drive all night before you make a decision.</p> <p>The other factor to consider is traffic. If your timing will have you entering a major city at rush hour, change it. Leave earlier, leave later, or plan an extended rest stop along the way. Sitting in traffic is uncomfortable and stressful, and the stop-and-go movement is hard on your car and fuel efficiency.</p> <h2>Prep for travel emergencies</h2> <p>Take <a href="http://amzn.to/2sdUPDD" target="_blank">baby wipes</a>. I cannot stress enough how handy, no, <em>how essential</em> a pack of baby wipes is in any car. Don't have a baby? Doesn't matter. Baby wipes will save the day in so many ways.</p> <p>Coffee spill? Baby wipe. Messy face? Baby wipe. No napkins from the takeout place? Baby wipes. Smelling a little less-than-fresh after eight hours on the road? Baby wipes.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits" target="_blank">first aid kit</a> is essential, too. Buy a pre-packed one, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-items-you-might-have-forgot-in-your-emergency-kit?ref=internal" target="_blank">make your own</a> and keep it in the car. You can include the essential items you know you'll use the most, as well as any specialized care items you might need.</p> <p>The other item that can save you from excess stress and cost is a car emergency kit. You should have the supplies to change a tire as well as a spare tire, flares, and jumper cables. It's helpful to have a <a href="http://amzn.to/2tj2cd0" target="_blank">flashlight</a> and basic tools on hand, as well. I've found it's also helpful to have someone who's adept at changing tires. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-jump-starter-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Jump Starter Kits</a>)</p> <p>Regardless of your skill level, though, preparation can save you in many ways. When you're prepared with snacks, entertainment, and emergency supplies you'll spend less and be more relaxed. That makes for a much better road trip.</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%2Fhow-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Have%2520a%2520Fun%2520Family%2520Road%2520Trip%2520Without%2520Breaking%2520Your%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Have%20a%20Fun%20Family%20Road%20Trip%20Without%20Breaking%20Your%20Budget"></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/How%20to%20Have%20a%20Fun%20Family%20Road%20Trip%20Without%20Breaking%20Your%20Budget.jpg" alt="How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget" 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/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">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/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Tips for Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</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/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive 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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</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/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</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-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel family vacation frugal travel road trip saving money summer vacation travel vacation tips Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Annie Mueller 1974320 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_waterfall_happy_547051294.jpg" alt="Woman finding exciting ways to see the country" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of the same old vacation routine? Looking to explore new destinations without leaving the U-S of A? Shake things up this summer by stepping out of your comfort zone and see the country with these exciting summer travel ideas.</p> <h2>1. Set off on a surprise excursion</h2> <p>Recently I met the owners of travel company <a href="http://www.packupgo.com/">Pack Up + Go</a>, and I was immediately intrigued when they explained what set it apart from other tourism outfits. The gist of their operation is that they plan three-day surprise getaways for their customers based on a few criteria &mdash; like travel budget, travel dates, preferences, and personal information &mdash; so they can book all your transportation and accommodations for you.</p> <p>A week before you leave, you'll receive an email with the weather forecast for your secret destination, recommended items to pack (like bathing suits or down parkas), any luggage restrictions, and when and where to catch your transportation. A few days before your trip, an envelope arrives, and you are <em>not</em> allowed to open it, lest you ruin the fun. Inside the envelope that you shouldn't even peek in until you arrive at your transportation hub are directions to your accommodations and a curated list of recommendations for everything from cafes, to restaurants and night life, to rainy day activities.</p> <p>While this may not be the ideal option for hot- or cold-weather adverse travelers &mdash; you get no say in where you end up (though the planners do take into consideration where you've already been) &mdash; Pack Up + Go is a fresh, fun option to explore a new area you may never have chosen to visit yourself.</p> <h2>2. Sleep over with Airbnb-style camping</h2> <p>I love Airbnb <em>and</em> camping, which is why I'm an early adopter of <a href="http://www.tentrr.com">Tentrr</a>, a new app-based travel service that helps connect would-be campers to property owners who have erected high-quality campsites on their properties with the help of the Tentrr crew. Currently there are 55 sites available, mostly in New York, which will certainly expand outside the state and across the country as the service gains popularity and continues to grow.</p> <p>Adhering to the standard setup guidelines provided by Tentrr, each site includes a large canvas tent, generally equipped to fit five or six campers (though some sites allow up to eight campers); a fire pit, picnic table, five-gallon water container, outdoor camp toilet, queen size cot, metal grill, two lounge chairs, dry food storage, and an outdoor sun shower. All you have to do is bring the food, drinks, games, and whatever else you need to stay comfortable for a couple days in the great outdoors.</p> <p>There are properties available to please every type of traveler, including those close to beaches, forests, meadows, ponds and lakes, rivers and streams, and breathtaking views of the surroundings. I personally booked a trip later this summer at a mountain hideaway with a private pond. Activities in the area included canoeing/kayaking, hiking, road biking, white water rafting, fishing, golf, wineries and distilleries, a local flea market, and more. Most sites are available for between $120 and $150 total per night. The price doesn't increase based on the number of campers; instead it remains a flat rate that you can split with your friends to make your trip an incredibly low-cost, but memorable getaway. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>3. Hit the road on a rental motorcycle</h2> <p>You'll never get me on a motorcycle (I can barely operate an electric can opener without hurting myself), but if you're a dedicated biker <a href="http://www.eaglerider.com">EagleRider</a>, the world's largest motorcycle tourism company, can help you achieve your sightseeing goals. With your monthly membership in Club EagleRider ($29/month, plus a $29 sign-up fee), you receive one free rental day and free or discounted rates on additional rental days.</p> <h2>4. Cross the country via train</h2> <p>I had almost given up on rail travel because of the increasing prices &mdash; trips from my home in Manhattan to visit my family in Baltimore were sometimes over $300 round-trip, compared to below $50 for a round-trip bus ride &mdash; but when I heard about supersaver <a href="http://dereklow.co/across-the-usa-by-train-for-just-213/">Derek Low's four-day $429 cross-country rail trip</a>, starting in San Francisco and ending in New York City &mdash; the idea was worth revisiting. Thanks to his 15-day, eight-ride Amtrak rail pass, Low efficiently traveled from coast to coast in less than 96 hours &mdash; and enjoyed sightseeing at a few cities in between, like Denver, Salt Lake City, and Chicago &mdash; while still having several trips remaining on his pass to visit a few more quick destinations on his way back out West.</p> <p>If you don't plan to make any stops, however, and just want to observe nature from the comfort of your train car, you can shave a couple hundred dollars off what he spent to bring it down to about $213, according to Low's account of his adventure. If you don't think you're savvy enough to score these deals on your own, Low offers to arrange your entire trip for you for a fee of $49. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips?ref=seealso">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a>)</p> <h2>5. Deliver cars, campers, and RVs to their owners</h2> <p>Did you know that you can save a ton of money and subsidize your road-based vacation transportation costs by renting RVs, campervans, motor homes, and cars for as low as $1 day? Rental site<a href="http://www.imoova.com"> imoova.com</a> works with traditional rental companies to offer its customers one-way travel opportunities to desired locations. How can that be, you ask? Simple. You're not just embarking on your own travels; you're also helping the rental companies save money on hiring expensive drivers to return the vehicles back to their home bases by doing it for them.</p> <p>If you're considering a road trip this year, check imoova to see what you can come up with. The hundreds of dollars you could save will leave you with more money for better dinners, a couple more drinks, and more exciting activities along the way.</p> <h2>6. Self-tour a new area on foot</h2> <p>If you like to investigate new cities and neighborhoods on foot, download the<a href="https://www.sidewalk.guide/blog/2017/5/23/sidewalk-is-here-come-walk-with-us"> Sidewalk app</a> to tap into a free library of city walks that you can do on your own time. These insider-curated walks provide a local's perspective on your surroundings (they're created by the very people who live there) giving you the money-saving freedom to be your own tour guide. The app just launched this spring, but it already contains 60 walks you can enjoy in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, with more cities coming soon.</p> <h2>7. Follow the beaten paths</h2> <p>When you prefer the seclusion and meditative opportunities of nature, enlist <a href="http://www.alltrails.com">AllTrails</a> as your travel companion. The free web- and app-based service gives you access to 50,000-plus trail maps (hiking and running) along with directions directly to the trailhead from wherever you are. You also can filter trails by difficulty, distance, rating, amenities (like waterfalls), and identify kid- and dog-friendly trails. When you're done, leave a review and share photos of your experience to enhance the experience for others.</p> <h2>8. Challenge your mental and physical abilities</h2> <p>Unlike many other fitness challenges, which last a few hours or less, <a href="https://www.cotopaxi.com/pages/events-questival-home">Cotopaxi Questival</a> is a 24-hour adventure series that turns this sometimes-hardcore genre into a community-driven social event.</p> <p>Teams of two to six are tasked with hundreds of challenges over the 24-hour period, from Foodie (eat a taco with no hands), to Community (send a postcard to a veteran, or pick up trash at a local beach), to Adventurous (camp under the stars, run a mile in fancy dress), and more.</p> <p>There are 50 locations all over the country from which to choose that are held individually throughout the year. Challenges can change to suit the location, too, so you won't know what's coming your way until 24 hours before your own event.</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%2F8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Exciting%2520Ways%2520to%2520See%2520the%2520Country%2520This%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=8%20Exciting%20Ways%20to%20See%20the%20Country%20This%20Summer"></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/u5180/8%20Exciting%20Ways%20to%20See%20the%20Country%20This%20Summer.jpg" alt="8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer" 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">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/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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/4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer">4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Need to See This Summer</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-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer 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/how-to-use-rewards-for-summer-travel">How to Use Rewards for Summer Travel</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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel road trip see the country summer travel summer vacation travel tips Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:31:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1973972 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/brother_and_sister_having_fun_in_water_park.jpg" alt="Brother and sister having fun in water park" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning a summer vacation with the kids? While you hammer out the details, you'll need to plan&nbsp;on spending a pretty penny. According to an&nbsp;Allianz Travel Insurance study,&nbsp;the average family planned to spend $1,798 on travel last summer. That's no small chunk of change.</p> <p>Of course, summer travel is even more expensive if you fly your whole family to a faraway destination, or visit an expensive theme park like Disney World. Even if you&nbsp;use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card travel rewards</a>&nbsp;to pay for your airfare or hotel, you can expect to spend a bundle.</p> <p>But, what if you could have just as much fun without all those costs? Some of the nation's best water parks offer exceptional value within driving distance of a slew of major cities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids" target="_blank">9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids</a>)</p> <p>If you want to skip airfare but still take the kids on a fun, warm-weather trip they'll never forget, consider one of these options.</p> <h2>1. Holiday World and Splashin' Safari &mdash;&nbsp;Santa Claus, Indiana</h2> <p><a href="https://www.holidayworld.com/" target="_blank">Holiday World and Splashin' Safari</a>&nbsp;is the ultimate stop for a few days of family fun. The park offers both roller coasters and an expansive water park all for one low price. As a bonus, both parks offer free sunscreen and free fountain drinks all day long.</p> <p>One-day admission to both parks starts at around $26 per person, although prices increase through peak months of July and August. Check out the giant Thunderbird roller coaster or the popular Raven coaster. Or, ride the park's giant water coasters with seating for six. Pitch a tent next door at the popular&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lakerudolph.com/" target="_blank">Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort</a>&nbsp;for affordable camping fun and proximity to the parks.</p> <h2>2. Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Water Park &mdash;&nbsp;Texas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.schlitterbahn.com/south-padre-island/resort" target="_blank">Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Water Park</a>&nbsp;offers one of the largest water parks in southern Texas, along with an on-site hotel for ultimate convenience and comfort. Water park-only tickets start at just $51 for adults and $39 for kids. Kids age two and under are free.</p> <p>Once you arrive, you can float the day away in a lazy river dotted with rapids, boogie board in a wave pool, or thrill your way down more than a half-dozen water slides. Schlitterbahn also offers splash pads and small rides for the little ones, along with plenty of spots for shade and rest.</p> <h2>3. Kalahari Resorts &mdash; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin</h2> <p>Wisconsin Dells is a city known for its many, many water parks and outsized attractions.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin" target="_blank">Kalahari Resorts</a>&nbsp;offers one of the broadest selections of both indoor and outdoor water rides. Their indoor water park alone is 125,000 square feet, while the outdoor park features exciting water races, a meandering river, whirlpool spas, water slides that zip and turn, and so much more.</p> <p>With an on-site room booked, you might qualify for free water park passes. If you stay off-site, water park-only passes start at $34, and kids under the age of two are free.</p> <h2>4. Water Country USA &mdash;&nbsp;Williamsburg, Virginia</h2> <p><a href="https://watercountryusa.com/en/williamsburg/" target="_blank">Water Country USA</a>&nbsp;offers extreme value and fun in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. Families can experience a white water rafting adventure together on the Big Daddy Falls, slide through curving chutes on the Colossal Curl, or fly face-first down the Nitro Racer. For the little ones, there are tiny slides, splash zones, and plenty of shade.</p> <p>A one-day water park ticket starts at $60 at the gate, but you can scoop one up for as low as $40 online, depending on the date. You can also buy a combo ticket that includes admission to the adjacent Busch Gardens for $80 online or $120 at the door.</p> <h2>5. Legoland California Resort &mdash;&nbsp;Carlsbad, California</h2> <p>West Coast families can delight in numerous easy-to-reach water parks, including&nbsp;<a href="https://www.legoland.com/california/legoland-water-park/rides-and-attractions/" target="_blank">Legoland California Resort</a>. Here, you can build your own rafts incorporating giant Legos, get blasted by water cannons in the Joker Soaker, ride the Orange Rush through its twists and turns, and master an array of other water coasters built for kids and adults of all ages.</p> <p>You can get two-day admissions to both Legoland and its water park for $89 for kids under 13, and $95 for everyone else.</p> <h2>6. Dollywood's Splash Country Water Park &mdash;&nbsp;Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee</h2> <p>Families can enjoy mountain scenery and cool down in the waters of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dollywood.com/waterpark" target="_blank">Dollywood's Splash Country Water Park</a>.&nbsp;Race one another down the TailSpin Racer, take the Big Bear Plunge in a family floater made for five, or play with the little ones in their own special park within a park, Little Creek Falls.</p> <p>Driving distance from many places in the South, Dollywood also offers a theme park perfect for family affairs. One-day admission to the theme park starts at $67 for adults and $54 for kids ages four to 11. Water park admission is $49 for adults, $44 for kids.</p> <h2>7. Roaring Springs Water Park &mdash;&nbsp;Meridian, Idaho</h2> <p><a href="http://www.roaringsprings.com/" target="_blank">Roaring Springs</a>&nbsp;is a sprawling water park in southern Idaho that offers fun for the whole family. Ride the new Corkscrew Cavern looping water slide, relax in a private cabana, speed down the nearly vertical Cliffhanger, or float in the wave simulator all day long. Of course, there are plenty of dining options available, too, from pizza to salads.</p> <p>Full-day admission for adults is $32, while kids under 48&quot; are $27. Children ages three and under are free.</p> <h2>8. Water-Zoo &mdash;&nbsp;Clinton, Oklahoma</h2> <p>Oklahoma's <a href="http://www.water-zoo.com/" target="_blank">Water-Zoo</a>&nbsp;offers an array of indoor water slides and rides that will delight even the pickiest young traveler. Inside, you'll find more than 300,000 gallons of water, 500 feet of water slides, a wave pool, a lazy and crazy river, and a small slide for little kids, too.</p> <p>Admission is $23.49 for guests under 48&quot;, and $34.99 for everyone else. Children ages three and under are free.</p> <h2>9. Six Flags White Water &mdash;&nbsp;Atlanta, Georgia</h2> <p><a href="https://www.sixflags.com/whitewater" target="_blank">Six Flags of Atlanta</a>&nbsp;offers a water park filled with fun and crazy rides to keep the kids entertained. The Wahoo Racer lets you zip past your family and friends in a six-lane water race. You can also swoosh down the Bahama Bob slide, or ride the waves in the 700,000-gallon Atlanta Ocean Wave Pool. There are nearly two-dozen water attractions for guests of all ages (and sizes) to enjoy.</p> <p>You'll save big here, too. Advance purchase tickets are $40, and children ages two and under are free.</p> <h2>10. Wild Waves Theme &amp; Water Park &mdash;&nbsp;Federal Way, Washington</h2> <p><a href="https://www.wildwaves.com/" target="_blank">Wild Waves</a>&nbsp;offers both roller coasters and water rides in a single, inspiring setting. The water park features eight wet and wacky attractions, including a giant wave pool, relaxing river, warming tubs, and thrilling water coasters for the daredevils in your crew.</p> <p>Summer entrance is surprisingly cheap for families, especially if you prepay online. You can get advance purchase starting at $17 for adults and children. Adult tickets go up to $30 later in the season. Kids ages three and younger are always free.</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%2F10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Affordable%2520Water%2520Parks%2520You%2520Can%2520Drive%2520To.jpg&amp;description=10%20Affordable%20Water%20Parks%20You%20Can%20Drive%20To"></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/u5180/10%20Affordable%20Water%20Parks%20You%20Can%20Drive%20To.jpg" alt="10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To" 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/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">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/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US</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-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</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/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise">10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise</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/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</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/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable driving family kids pools road trip summer swimming vacation water parks Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1957456 at http://www.wisebread.com Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-613104682.jpg" alt="eat these foods to stay healthy while you travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling often means eating foods that are outside of your normal routine, which can be a fun part of any cultural experience. Yet it can also pose a very real challenge when trying to stay healthy. If you're not paying attention, it can be easy to lose track of what you're eating and <em>how much</em> you're eating.</p> <p>But staying healthy in a foreign place doesn't have to be complicated. Here are six foods (and a drink) you can usually find that will help you stay energized and healthy even when you're away from home.</p> <h2>1. Seasonal Produce</h2> <p>Eating foods that are fresh and locally grown can go a long way toward keeping you healthy on the road. Anything that hasn't been processed and changed from its original form shouldn't have a lot of empty calories or bad-for-you ingredients. Experiment with exotic fruits and vegetables that you can't find back home. It might not be what you're used to, but local fruits and veggies will give you the fiber and vitamins your body needs to function properly.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">4 Tips for Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a></p> <h2>2. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Chia seeds are one of those trendy superfoods you've surely been hearing about. It's a species of flowering plant in the mint family native to Mexico. Historically, it was a staple of the Mayan and Aztec diets. You can find chia seeds throughout South America.</p> <p>Chia seeds are low calorie, but packed with energy, protein, and antioxidants. Plus, chia seeds are full of fiber to help you feel full for longer and aid digestion when you're trying lots of new foods.</p> <h2>3. Healthy Grains</h2> <p>There is a wide variety of grains that are extremely beneficial to your health. Look for whole grains when you choose your bread or pasta. Quinoa is full of fiber and protein. Tabbouleh is very common in the Middle East. You may also find couscous, oats, or amaranth, depending on where you go.</p> <h2>4. Chickpeas and Hummus</h2> <p>Chickpeas are relatively easy to find when you're traveling, all across the western world &mdash; in India, Africa, throughout the Middle East, <em>and </em>South America. They are very rich in fiber and especially delicious when whipped into a rich hummus dip that you can eat as a dip for vegetables, chips, or as an accompaniment to a salad.</p> <h2>5. Rice</h2> <p>Rice is an excellent carbohydrate that you can find in many parts of the world. But that's not the only reason it makes this list. Varieties of rice like wild rice and brown rice are complex carbohydrates, which helps you feel full longer.</p> <p>Rice and beans is a very affordable meal that you'll find in many parts of the world and that's because together, these two form a complete protein.</p> <h2>6. Water</h2> <p>Okay, so maybe it doesn't technically qualify as a &quot;food&quot; per se, but drinking water during your travels is arguably the single most important thing you can do to keep your body healthy and your mind clear.</p> <p>Dehydration is the cause of many of the most common problems that travelers face, like fatigue and headaches. Keeping your body hydrated will do wonders for your health. It can help you aid digestion and keep you feeling energized.</p> <p>Pay attention to how much water you are drinking every day and bring a reusable water bottle on your trip so you can always have water with you.</p> <p>By giving your body a balanced mix of healthy foods and plenty of water, you can help ensure that you are feeling good wherever your travels may take you.</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%2Feat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FEat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=Eat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling" 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/Eat%20These%206%20Foods%20to%20Stay%20Healthy%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling" 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/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">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-soda-alternatives-that-wont-bust-your-wallet-or-your-waistline">7 Soda Alternatives That Won&#039;t Bust Your Wallet — Or Your Waistline</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/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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/eating-cheap-while-abroad">Eating Cheap While Abroad</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/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel drink water drinks Food healthy foods on-the-go snacks road trip travel snacks traveling water Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:00:17 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1876780 at http://www.wisebread.com These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90996541_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="delicious road trip snacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As children of the '60s, my husband and I spent a lot of time in hot station wagons on car trips. Stopping for gas meant gas only, not junk food, and a trip to the bathroom. Eating out was rarely an option. Instead, we were fed car snacks, and occasionally had a picnic lunch. To this day, on even short trips, my husband and I pack food for the road.</p> <p>My mother elevated road trip food to an art form, using a special picnic basket, and whipping up special foods we didn't usually just have around the house. My dad would find nice spots to stop and picnic so the trip was broken up into pleasant outings.</p> <p>You'll want to pack small ice chests with blue ice blocks to store water, other beverages, any perishable snacks, and wet washcloths, packed in a sandwich bag (nice for cooling off or a good wiping down). Stay away from greasy or oily foods, which are not only messy, but may upset stomachs. Also, avoid foods and drinks that stain if spilled.</p> <p>Here are 15 delicious, frugal road trip snacks to keep you going.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip?ref=seealso">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip</a></p> <h2>1. Homemade Trail Mix</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy it all pre-mixed, but why not make it yourself and save some money? &quot;Classic&quot; trail mix usually contains cashews, peanuts, almonds, raisins, and M&amp;M's. Before buying all of those ingredients, though, check your pantry for dried fruit, other nuts, and cereal. You might as well use those up. If nuts or cereal are a little stale, just toast in a low oven (200&ordm;F) for about 10 minutes to crisp them up. Nice additions are craisins, coconut pieces, crackers, and pretzels.</p> <h2>2. Energy Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/recipes/find-a-recipe/energy-bars">energy bars</a>, which are extremely popular in Hawaii, travel well and aren't messy like traditional crumbly granola bars. Store the bars individually in waxed paper; twist the ends to seal.</p> <h2>3. Fruit</h2> <p>Select fruit that travels well. This rules out peaches, nectarines, and bananas. Stick to apples, grapes, clementines, oranges, and other nonstaining, non-smelly, and non-sticky fruits.</p> <h2>4. Veggies</h2> <p>You'll feel pretty virtuous if you snack on veggies while you cruise the highway. Good travelers are: baby carrots, snap peas, celery sticks, and even radishes. Wash and pack into small plastic bags; store in the ice chest to keep them more refreshing and crispy.</p> <h2>5. Nuts</h2> <p>Nuts are a great snack for road trips, but you'll pay more if you buy them in individual packages or cans. Make your own <a href="http://markbittman.com/roasted-nuts-so-easy-so-good/">roasted, salted nuts</a> and pack into small snack-sized bags. I like the addition of curry powder, or cumin and red pepper flakes.</p> <h2>6. Snack Mix</h2> <p>My mother cranked this classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/87605/original-chex-party-mix/">snack mix</a> out at regular intervals (in the oven, though, not the microwave). I still love it. Try substituting goldfish crackers for the bagel chips, and toss in some oregano. Great stuff.</p> <h2>7. Cheese</h2> <p>Was string cheese developed for road trips? It's such a perfect car snack. Keep it frugal by buying the large bags, not the individual sticks.</p> <h2>8. Soup</h2> <p>Mom filled a large thermos with soup when we were heading someplace chilly. I recommend pulling the car over for a soup break, lest you burn yourself or make a mess. Some of my mom's tried-and-true were <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13041/my-best-clam-chowder/">clam chowder</a>, <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/old-fashioned-turkey-noodle-soup">turkey noodle</a>, and <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/split-pea-soup/6fe46425-366d-4c2f-b68c-1dc824391f60">split pea</a>. She'd bring along breadsticks, too, to round things out.</p> <h2>9. Sandwiches</h2> <p>I don't like sandwiches on road trips, normally, because they tend to get mushy and I have a phobia about that. There is one exception, though: peanut butter sandwiches. Don't be feeding kids egg salad or tuna unless you want to ride the vomit comet.</p> <h2>10. Animal Crackers</h2> <p>I love these, in their colorful, tiny circus-print boxes. They still entertain me, and they are cholesterol-free.</p> <h2>11. Jerky</h2> <p>Pack beef, turkey, or even fish jerky for a non-messy, high-protein treat.</p> <h2>12. Muffins</h2> <p>Either made sweet or savory, muffins are portable and low on the &quot;messiness&quot; scale. These <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222601/zucchini-chocolate-chip-muffins/">zucchini-chocolate chip</a> muffins will be a hit.</p> <h2>13. Popcorn</h2> <p>Popcorn has one disadvantage: You'll need to vacuum after the trip. However, it's crunchy and delicious. Try gussying it up with this <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/black-pepper-and-parm-cheesy-popcorn">black pepper and parm recipe</a>.</p> <h2>14. &quot;Fried&quot; Chicken</h2> <p>Because it's <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/oven-fried-chicken-tenders/46a69e4d-4c31-485b-9d43-67d40b353f2e">oven-baked</a>, it meets my road trip non-greasy criteria. Bake the night before and chill.</p> <h2>15. Pinwheels</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/tortilla-pinwheels/">tortilla pinwheels</a> pass the road test because they are a perfect bite size. They're also non-messy and non-greasy.</p> <p><em>What else makes for a great road trip snack? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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%2Fthese-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%2015%20Road%20Trip%20Snacks%20Make%20It%20All%20About%20the%20Journey.jpg&amp;description=These%2015%20Road%20Trip%20Snacks%20Make%20It%20All%20About%20the%20Journey" 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/These%2015%20Road%20Trip%20Snacks%20Make%20It%20All%20About%20the%20Journey.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/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey">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/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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/cut-these-9-expenses-in-one-year-to-get-a-10-day-hawaii-vacation">Cut These 9 Expenses in One Year to Get a 10-Day Hawaii 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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-countries-where-you-can-live-on-1000-a-month">4 Countries Where You Can Live on $1,000 a Month</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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink Travel road trip road trip snacks saving money snacks travel hacks Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Marla Walters 1766247 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-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/car-477899413.jpg" alt="road trip" title="road trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States of America is a massive country &mdash; the third largest in the world (after Russia and Canada) in fact. One of the best ways to explore the U.S. is on a good 'ol American road trip.</p> <p>But with the economy <em>still</em> in a slump and gas prices at <a href="http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_gnd_dcus_nus_w.htm">$3.62</a> at publication time (up $0.85 from $2.77 in 2007), what's a traveler to do?</p> <p>Taking a quintessential American road trip doesn't have to drain your bank account <em>if</em> you follow these ten money-saving tips on an American road trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high?ref=seealso">How to Take Frugal Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>Drive the Speed Limit</h2> <p>According to The Union of Concerned Scientists &quot;Going 65 mph on the highway instead of 75 can <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/smart-transportation-solutions/better-fuel-efficiency/how-to-maximize-your.html">cut your fuel use up to 20 percent</a>. &quot; An easy way to monitor your speed is to use cruise control. Not only will it increase your fuel efficiency, it will also prevent any unwanted speeding tickets which can reach over $200 depending on how fast you're driving and the state you're in.</p> <h2>Skip Gas Station Snacks and Fast Food</h2> <p>Gas stations are notorious for luring patrons into their store to use the restroom and spend money on drinks, snacks, and souvenirs. Don't let them tempt you!</p> <p>Instead, pack a cooler before you hit the road with homemade and healthy snacks and drinks. Some inexpensive and easy to eat items are sandwiches, salads like potato salad and macaroni salad, and trail mix. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">Delicious, Healthy, Frugal Snacks</a>)</p> <p>Another way to avoid these temptations is to stop at an interstate rest area for picnic benches and clean restrooms instead of going to a fast food restaurant or gas station.</p> <h2>Camp</h2> <p>The best part of an American road trip is enjoying the great outdoors. And what better way to experience the wilderness than to camp? National and state park camping fees range from $10 to $50 dollars per night versus staying in a hotel or motel that range from $75 to $200 dollars.</p> <p>If you don't have camping gear, you can get a bare-bones tent and sleeping bag from your favorite discount retailer for less than $30 each.</p> <h2>Check Gas Prices</h2> <p>Gas prices can vary significantly by location and the gas station, upwards of $0.50 per gallon. Watch gas prices as you drive or check your mobile phone to find the best gas prices. Also, avoid using your credit or ATM card. Many gas stations will charge an additional fee for not paying with cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-green-how-to-live-a-nearly-cash-only-life?ref=seealso">How to Live a Cash-Only Life</a>)</p> <h2>Plan a Route</h2> <p>While it can be fun to drive aimlessly on a road trip, chances are you'll end up paying a lot more for gas, tolls, and accommodations. By planning a route, you'll avoid driving unnecessary distances and can bypass road tolls. Also, you can book your accommodations or campsite ahead of time to ensure you get a room or a spot.</p> <p>You can pick up free road maps at any visitor center (more on this in a minute) or pre-plan your route with Google maps.</p> <h2>Check Your Tire Pressure (and More)</h2> <p>Before you hit the road, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. Get a tune up and check the oil, water, and tire pressure.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.shtml">U.S. Department of Energy</a>, &quot;You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure, by 1&ndash;2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil, [and] fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test by an average of 4 percent.&quot;</p> <p>Add it all up and you get an estimated 9.3% improved fuel efficiency just by monitoring your car's health and fluid levels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-tips-to-keep-your-car-running-longer?ref=seealso">6 Tips to Keep Your Car Running Longer</a>)</p> <h2>Negotiate and Ask for Discounts</h2> <p>Just because an item has a sticker price, doesn't mean it's not negotiable. Always ask for specials, discounts, or if a price is negotiable. Many companies offer discounts for students, seniors, military, AAA members, etc.</p> <p>After all, it never hurts to just ask.</p> <h2>Offer a Rideshare</h2> <p>Part of the fun of a road trip is to push yourself outside your comfort zone and meet new people. So what better way than to offer a rideshare? A rideshare is offering someone a ride somewhere, usually in exchange for gas money. Think of it like getting paid to pick up a hitchhiker.</p> <p>You can meet and connect with people on Craigslist.org under a specific city's &quot;rideshare&quot; category.</p> <h2>Contact Visitor Centers</h2> <p>Most cities in the United States have visitor centers equipped with helpful staff to help plan your trip, offer coupons and maps, and provide budget-minded options for meals, accommodations, and activities&hellip; some even free. So, take advantage of these visitor centers to save big bucks on your road trip.</p> <h2>Don't Be a Tourist</h2> <p>Tourists spend money; locals don't. So even if you're not a local, act like one and save some money along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling?ref=seealso">Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling</a>)</p> <p>First, skip overpriced and overrated tourist attractions. Usually you can tell if it's a tourist attraction by the number of billboards they have along the interstate or highway. The more billboards, the more overrated.</p> <p>Second, don't go souvenir shopping. Who really wants a shot glass or sweatshirt with the name of a city they've never been? Nobody, so forget gift giving. If you must do something, take a picture of yourself holding a custom sign for the person and post it to Facebook (free) or send a postcard ($1) instead.</p> <p>Third, take a walking tour of the city. Along the way, ask a local what they would do if they had the day off and were working on a budget. Chances are you'll get a handful of fun, inexpensive, and off-the-beaten-path activities.</p> <p>So even with a down economy, globetrotters can still experience the U.S. by road trip and on a shoestring budget.</p> <p><em>How have you saved money on a road trip? Please share in comments!</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%2Fwhen-should-you-get-a-vacation-rental-instead-of-a-hotel&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20a%20Great%20American%20Road%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20a%20Great%20American%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/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20a%20Great%20American%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/darcie-connell">Darcie Connell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-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-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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</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/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country">Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country</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/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases">The 10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees (Like Wearable Suitcases)</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/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip">6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping Road Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel car trip road trip travel savings Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:24:17 +0000 Darcie Connell 1131911 at http://www.wisebread.com Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High) http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-1165398-small.jpg" alt="road trip" title="road trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation season is fast approaching &mdash; and it&rsquo;s time for you to solidify your plans. If you&rsquo;re looking for an adventure outside of a resort or your Aunt Em&rsquo;s farm, consider a road trip. Not only will you get to spend lots of quality time with your trip mates (for better or worse), but you&rsquo;ll have incredible stories and memories that you just can&rsquo;t get on a generic vacation. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-and-frugal-ideas-for-family-road-trips" target="_blank"> 5 Fun and Frugal Ideas for Family Road Trips</a>)</p> <p>Given the price of travel these days, specifically gasoline, how can you throw caution to wind and hit the road without draining your 401(k)? Consider these tips.</p> <h2>Gas</h2> <p>After food and lodging, gasoline will be your biggest travel expense. With some clever planning, you can trim the cost of filling your tank.</p> <p><strong>Pack Light</strong></p> <p>The more passengers in your vehicle during the road trip, the more ways you can split the cost of gas. But be careful. Each passenger will weigh down the vehicle, causing it to burn more fuel along the way. For every extra 100 pounds, <a href="http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/drivehabits.shtml" target="_blank">you can expect to reduce your MPG by up to 2%</a>. In that case, you&rsquo;ll have to be smarter and lighter in your packing &mdash; unless your suitcase can suddenly pay at the pump, too.</p> <p><strong>Go Where Gas Is Cheap</strong></p> <p>Plan your route so that you&rsquo;re traveling through places (or at least not stopping to fuel up) where gas is not at a premium. For instance, if you&rsquo;re driving from Baltimore to Boston, get gas in lower-price places like New Jersey instead of filling up in New York. To save on gas most efficiently, avoid top-tier gas destinations altogether and plan your trip to places that are consistently affordable or <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp" target="_blank">less than the national average</a>.</p> <p><strong>Drive the Right Car</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re traveling with passengers who all own a vehicle of their own, discuss beforehand whose vehicle has the best fuel economy. If you own a Ford F-150 pickup truck and your friend owns a Prius, it shouldn&rsquo;t take an engineering degree from MIT to help you decide which vehicle is best. (Although it might make sense to leave the Prius behind if the pickup has a camper shell and you plan to defray some of the cost of lodging by camping out.)</p> <p><strong>Drive Responsibly</strong></p> <p>When you&rsquo;re on the road, drive responsibly. Barreling down the highway like a speed demon will only burn gas quicker. Plus, you won&rsquo;t be able to enjoy the scenery along the way &mdash; which is part of the fun.</p> <p><strong>Drive at Night</strong></p> <p>If you can hack it, try to make the bulk of the trip overnight, driving in shifts if you have to. You&rsquo;ll burn less gas in the cooler night hours than in the warmer daytime.</p> <h2>Food</h2> <p>You have to eat, but you don't have to eat at diners and fast food joints for every meal.</p> <p><strong>Pack a Cooler</strong></p> <p>Smart, spend-savvy road trippers always pack a cooler filled to the brim with food. It may not be the healthiest food, of course, but this is vacation, so you can live a little. Packing these road snacks will help you avoid fast food joints and costly restaurants at which you may be forced to dine, especially when you&rsquo;re hungry in the middle of nowhere.</p> <p><strong>Set a Diner Budget</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;ll inevitably want to eat out sometimes along the road trip &mdash; and there&rsquo;s nothing wrong with that as long as it&rsquo;s not every meal &mdash; but for the times that you do indulge, have a budget set so you can manage your money well the whole way.</p> <p><strong>Find Happy Hours</strong></p> <p>Another great way to save when eating out along your trip is to find local happy hours that offer free snacks (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-ways-to-score-free-travel-food" target="_blank">they&rsquo;re out there</a>) or by using discount apps like Scoutmob, LivingSocial, or Groupon for instant savings.</p> <p><strong>Accept Free Meals</strong></p> <p>Accept free meals when they&rsquo;re offered. Like if you stop at a friend&rsquo;s or family member&rsquo;s house and they insist on cooking your breakfast and sending you off with sandwiches.</p> <p><strong>Visit Grocery Stores</strong></p> <p>Hit up grocery stores along the way to restock your cooler. The price of a loaf of bread, peanut butter, jelly, two bags of baby carrots, and two bags of potato chips will feed a group of four for a day for about $15. In comparison, a meal at a fast-food restaurant will cost more than $20 for four people &mdash; and that&rsquo;s just one meal.</p> <p><strong>Drink Water</strong></p> <p>Fill up your water bottles with free tap water along the way to stay healthy and hydrated.</p> <h2>Lodging</h2> <p>If you're an experienced road tripper, you probably already have a tent and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-over-1000-on-your-next-backpacking-trip" target="_blank">basic camping gear</a>. If you're really experienced, you may have an RV. If you're neither, you still have options beyond pricey motels.</p> <p><strong>Nap at Rest Stops</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;re allowed to nap in your car at rest stops. I&rsquo;m not saying it&rsquo;s very comfortable, and I&rsquo;m not saying it&rsquo;s very safe. I&rsquo;m just saying.</p> <p><strong>Camp</strong></p> <p>Renting a space at a campground is relatively inexpensive, but finding a secluded place to camp is free. If you plan to engage in the latter, make sure it&rsquo;s not private property, which is usually designated by signs.</p> <p><strong>Impose on Friends and Family</strong></p> <p>Plan your trip to areas where you have friends and family who have space to accommodate you. Not only will it be free (hopefully), but you&rsquo;ll also get to spend time with people you may not see very often.</p> <p><strong>Micro Sublet</strong></p> <p>For <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources" target="_blank">other affordable lodging options</a>, look into Couchsurfing (which is free) or microsubletting sites like Airbnb. The latter isn&rsquo;t free, but you&rsquo;ll almost always get more for your money and have a better time than at a hotel.</p> <p><strong>Use Your Rewards</strong></p> <p>Cash in any rewards points that you may have racked up and turn them into a hotel stay. After a week or two on the road, you&rsquo;ll want at least one night of luxury. What else are you saving it for?</p> <h2>Activities</h2> <p>I don&rsquo;t expect that you&rsquo;re driving all over the country to spend all your time looking at things from inside the car. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll want to get out and explore.</p> <p><strong>Visit Public Sites</strong></p> <p>Plan trips to public and free sites, which are available no matter where you go &mdash; big cities and small towns alike.</p> <p><strong>Buy Daily Deals</strong></p> <p>Purchase daily deals in advance of reaching your destination to reduce the cost of higher-end activities. Remember that some activities that tend to be popular will need to schedule you in, so it&rsquo;s best to do this at least a week or two in advance so you&rsquo;re not shut out at the last minute with no chance of a refund.</p> <p><strong>Check Visitor's Centers</strong></p> <p>Stop in at visitor's centers to gather information on free events and activities and scoop up valuable coupons you can&rsquo;t find elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>Wing It</strong></p> <p>Plan your own activities. You&rsquo;re on a road trip with friends. Surely you guys can come up with plenty of fun things to do together that don&rsquo;t cost a dime. All you&rsquo;ve got to do is put your heads together.</p> <p><em>Have any more tips on how to have a frugal road trip?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonBookmark" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Frugal%20Road%20Trips.jpg" style="float: left; width: 32%; margin-right: 1%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Taking%20Frugal%20Road%20Trips%20%28Even%20When%20Gas%20Prices%20Are%20High%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 32%; margin-right: 1%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20To%20Plan%20A%20Frugal%20Road%20Trip.jpg" style="float: left; width: 32%; margin-right: 1%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> </div> <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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">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/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</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/the-guide-to-staying-at-hostels-for-people-over-30">The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30</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/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</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/11-vacation-destinations-that-stretch-your-dollar">11 Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar</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/save-money-on-travel-accommodations">Save Money on Travel Accommodations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle Travel budget vacations cheap travel frugal road trip lodging road trip travel travel food Thu, 02 May 2013 10:24:44 +0000 Mikey Rox 973516 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Prepare for a Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-prepare-for-a-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-prepare-for-a-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/2603517277_2294702235_z-1.jpg" alt="How to Prepare for a Road Trip" title="How to Prepare for a Road Trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on preparing for a road trip, using your credit cards to make and save money, and getting reduced prices on Amazon.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-road-trip/">How to Prepare for a Road Trip</a> &mdash; Before you go on a road trip, make sure you get your vehicle serviced. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/other/6-ways-to-use-your-credit-cards-to-make-save-money.html">6 Ways To Use Your Credit Cards To Make &amp; Save Money</a> &mdash; Find the optimal rewards credit card to make and save money. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5910524/how-to-get-reduced-prices-and-save-money-when-shopping-on-amazon">How to Get Reduced Prices and Save Money When Shopping on Amazon</a> &mdash; To save money on Amazon, buy warehouse deals whenever possible. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.myuniversitymoney.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment-for-college-students/">8 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment for College Students</a> &mdash; College students can save money on entertainment by attending cheap concerts and utilizing daily deals websites. [My University Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/4-travel-tips-that-dont-suck/">4 Travel Tips that Don't Suck</a> &mdash; Save money the next time you travel by using current events to your advantage. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.onemoneydesign.com/are-you-really-getting-a-good-deal-when-shopping-at-outlet-stores/">Are You Really Getting a Good Deal when Shopping at Outlet Stores?</a> &mdash; When shopping at an outlet store, be sure to look over the item you are buying to make sure it isn't damaged. [One Money Design]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2012/05/make-money-on-amazon/">5 Ways to Make Money on Amazon</a> &mdash; To make money on Amazon, become an associate or buy stock. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/when-is-it-time-to-find-a-new-job.htm">When is it Time to Find a New Job?</a> &mdash; If your current job has a lack of mental stimulation, it may be time to find a new job. [Million Dollar Journey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Dryer-Sheets-23207602">5 Ways To Reuse Your Dryer Sheets</a> &mdash; Recycle your old dryer sheets by using them to clean bathroom gunk. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-causes-autism-0">What Causes Autism?</a> &mdash; Certain environmental factors have been shown to increase the risk of autism. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/04/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-6">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-prepare-for-a-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-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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</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-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</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-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips car road trip travel Thu, 24 May 2012 10:00:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 929374 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Get Ready For Your Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-ready-for-your-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-get-ready-for-your-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/2560877967_d5533d76df_z-1.jpg" alt="Get Ready For Your Road Trip" title="Get Ready For Your Road Trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on getting ready for your road trip, surviving skyrocketing rental prices, and how your dentist bill can save you money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/travel/road-trip-ideas-tips/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoupleMoney+%28Couple+Money%29">Tips and Ideas to Get Ready for Your Road Trip</a> &mdash; Get ready for your road trip by planning for stops. [Couple Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/rent-increases-05172011/">10 Tips for Surviving Skyrocketing Rental Prices</a> &mdash; Don't let rental prices get the best of you. Be sure to shop around before you sign a lease. [Credit Sesame Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/your-dentist-bill-can-actually-save-you-money/">Your Dentist Bill Can Actually Save You Money</a> &mdash; Going to the dentist can save you money because bad teeth can cause expensive health problems. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/avoid-big-money-wasters/">Avoid These Big Money Wasters</a> &mdash; Don't waste money on gourmet coffee. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/hobbies-money.html">Six Hobbies That Can Make You Money</a> &mdash; If you love shopping, try to become a personal shopper for someone! [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/gearing-up-for-the-end-of-the-school-year">Gearing Up For The End Of The School Year</a> &mdash; Get ready for the end of the school year by clearing out your calendar. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/14-ways-to-lower-your-housing-costs/">16 Ways to Lower Your Housing Costs</a> &mdash; Lower your housing costs by working out a short sale. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/5-painless-ways-to-automate-your-savings/">5 Painless Ways To Automate Your Savings</a> &mdash; Automate your savings by scheduling periodic transfers. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.smartonmoney.com/3-things-you-need-to-do-before-you-retire/">3 Things You Need To Do Before You Retire</a> &mdash; Before you retire, be sure to pay off your mortgage. [Smart On Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.richcreditdebtloan.com/9-steps-for-establishing-credit/">9 Steps for Establishing Credit</a> &mdash; Establish credit by selecting a couple different banks, credit unions, or lenders to establish credit relationships with. [Rich Credit Debt Loan]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-get-ready-for-your-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-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/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</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/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</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-vacation-destinations-that-stretch-your-dollar">11 Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips road trip travel vacation Tue, 24 May 2011 09:54:18 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 549457 at http://www.wisebread.com What to pack for a road trip with Rover http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-pack-for-a-road-trip-with-rover <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-pack-for-a-road-trip-with-rover" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roadtripdoggie.jpg" alt="dog in car" title="dog in car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="224" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our friends at <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/">Itchmo.com</a> recently posted some helpful hints about what to pack when you go road tripping with your four-legged friends. It might seem like a bit much, but planning ahead and having everything you need on hand is the best money saver for road trips. That, and <em>never stopping at a gas station even when all your children really need to pee and haven't eaten since the day before</em> (you know who you are, Dad).</p> <p>So, what to pack for your little critters? Besides water and food, Itchmo suggests:</p> <ul> <li>LOTS of plastic bags</li> <li>Baby wipes</li> <li>Extra leashes</li> <li>Sunscreen</li> <li>Flea and tick treatment</li> <li>Favorite toy &amp; blanket</li> <li>Tags and vaccine papers (especially for cross-border travel)</li> <li>Your veterinarian's phone number</li> </ul> <p>A more <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/read/what-goes-in-a-travel-bag-for-my-dog_20070722">complete list is available on Itchmo's site</a>.</p> <p>Because I'm a freak about the state of the car I'm traveling in, I would also pack:</p> <ul> <li>Lint roller</li> <li>Benadryl and/or Pepto Bismol</li> <li>List of pet-friendly destinations</li> <li>Air freshener and roll of quarters for gas station vacuum</li> <li>Old towels</li> <li>First aid kit (yeah, this should already be in my car)</li> </ul> <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%2Fwhat-to-pack-for-a-road-trip-with-rover&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%20to%20pack%20for%20a%20road%20trip%20with%20Rover.jpg&amp;description=What%20to%20pack%20for%20a%20road%20trip%20with%20Rover" 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/What%20to%20pack%20for%20a%20road%20trip%20with%20Rover.jpg" alt="What to pack for a road trip with Rover" 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/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-pack-for-a-road-trip-with-rover">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/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip">6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping 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/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</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/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</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/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</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/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel cats dogs driving road trip Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:27:14 +0000 Andrea Karim 929 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Survive a Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-a-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-survive-a-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.jpg" alt="road trip" title="road trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s that time of year again.<span> </span>The time of year when you pack-up the car and depart on a summer road trip.<span> </span>Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when relationships are tested.<span> </span>As we all know, road trips always begin on a high note, but by the end even Mother Teresa would be willing to shove her grandmother out of the car.<span> </span>So, how do you not end-up single or friendless at the end of a road trip?<span> </span>Here are a few tips: </p> <p class="MsoNormal">1.)<span> </span>Do maintenance on your car before you leave.<span> </span>Get your oil changed, fluids topped off, and tires inflated.<span> </span>Half way through the road trip is not the time to remember that you need an oil change or to realize that you have no windshield wiper fluid to clean the bug guts off the windshield.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">2.)<span> </span>Do not be radio nazi.<span> </span>I can guarantee you that not everybody in the car shares your love of polka music.<span> </span>Decide ahead of time who will control the radio.<span> </span>Will the driver have control of the radio?<span> </span>Will you split radio time 50/50?<span> </span><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">3.)<span> </span>Negotiate pit stops.<span> </span>If you decide ahead of time that unplanned pit stops are authorized, remember that your stop at the “World’s Largest Prairie Dog” might mean your carmate gets equal time at the “World’s Largest Golf Ball”.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">4.)<span> </span>Discuss driving time.<span> </span>Some people are content to drive the entire trip.<span> </span>Other people can only drive for a few hours at a time.<span> </span>Decide ahead of time if and when you will change drivers.<span> </span>Keep in mind whose car you are driving and each person’s level of comfort regarding different driving conditions.<span> </span>If you are hesitant about your carmate driving you car, then you should expect to do most of the driving.<span> </span>Likewise, if your carmate hates driving at night, then you should expect to do most of the driving if you are traveling after dark.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">5.) <span> </span>Splurge on a GPS.<span> </span>No matter how great you think your navigation skills are, there is nothing that can bring a road trip to a screeching halt quicker than being lost.<span> </span>Even worse, the biggest arguments during a road trip tend to relate to directions and someone’s inability to read a map.<span> </span>Splurge on the GPS and you will not have to worry about being lost.<span> </span>If for some odd reason the GPS gets you lost, you and your carmate can bond while mutually hating the GPS – instead of each other.<span> </span><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">6.)<span> </span>Add an extra 20-30% to your budget.<span> </span>Nobody ever stays on budget during a road trip.<span> </span>Fluctuating gas prices, last minute side trips, and outrageously priced t-shirts to commemorate your journey always put you over budget.<span> </span>Emergencies can also put you further beyond your initial budget.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">7.) Don’t plan on eating fast-food the entire time.<span> </span>First, it is nice to get out of that 4’ x 4’ box every now and then.<span> </span>Second, just because you are on vacation does not mean that the basic rules of metabolism and caloric intake do not apply.<span> </span>You cannot eat 4,000 calories per day and not gain weight.<span> </span>Well, unless you have the metabolism of a teenage boy…<span> </span><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">8.)<span> </span>Do not have overly high expectations.<span> </span>If you have been planning a trip to the Great Salt Lake for the past year, you might be crushed to realize that it is well below its normal water level, it smells like dead fish, and it is infested with red gnat-like creatures that love to swarm you.<span> </span>At the risk of sounding pessimistic, the higher your expectations the more likely you are to be disappointed.<span> </span><span> </span><span> </span><span> <br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">9.)<span> </span>Remember, road trips never go as planned.<span> </span>Do not be idealistic while planning your road trip.<span> </span>There will be traffic, road work, and unplanned pit stops.<span> </span>Your hotel reservations might be canceled, and Yosemite might be closed.<span> </span>There might even be a flat tire or two.<span> </span>Stay flexible and your road trip will be a much better experience.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, remember that everyone will be irritable after a few days in a 4’ x 4’ box on wheels.<span> </span>But yelling will not get you there any sooner or get you “un-lost”.<span> </span>Also, do not say whatever comes to mind in the heat of the moment.<span> </span>Your carmate’s plan might be the “stupidest idea” you’ve ever heard, but don’t say it in the heat of the moment.<span> </span>If you must say it, say it later.<span> </span>At the end of the trip.<span> </span>Over drinks.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://flickr.com/photos/pedrovidigal/134112783/"></a></p> </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- google_ad_section_end --><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jessica-harp">Jessica Harp</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-a-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-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/the-only-9-things-youd-really-need-if-you-lost-everything">The Only 9 Things You&#039;d Really Need If You Lost Everything</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/living-without-a-landline">Living Without A Landline</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-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</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/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</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/7-easy-ways-to-clean-up-your-image-on-social-media">7 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Image on Social Media</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks car road trip Survival Tue, 03 Jul 2007 23:33:51 +0000 Jessica Harp 806 at http://www.wisebread.com Drive across America for FREE. http://www.wisebread.com/drive-across-america-for-free <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/24840_bosnia.jpg" alt="car trip" title="car trip" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>How would you like to see everything that America has to offer, with all your friends, and not pay one cent for it? Well, it&#39;s not as far-fetched as you may think. </p> <p>David, Dima and Tara are three friends who wanted to take a huge road trip across the USA, but did not have the funds to pay for a sight-seeing vacation of this magnitude. To really see all of America would take big bucks. For some folks, that would be a problem. But for these guys, it was just a solution waiting to happen. The solution is called <a href="http://www.cashroadtripusa.com/">cashroadtripusa.com</a> .</p> <p>The idea is simple (the best ones are). As we all know, cars and vans can be traveling advertisements these days. And what better place to put your ad than on a car going all across America? So, the gang decided to set up a website that sells blocks of ad space on their van. One block = $100 (it&#39;s similar in concept to the clever student who sold 1 pixel for $1 on his million dollar website).</p> <p>It&#39;s not only the van you can buy space on. The folks themselves are also for sale, via t-shirt sponsorship, jackets, pants, that kind of thing. No surprise that getting a full day of advertising on the pretty girl in the trio is the most expensive space to buy. This is the world we live in. </p> <p>But the plan itself is well worth a mention here on Wisebread because it epitomizes the very essence of our philosophy - living large on a small budget. To travel across the whole of America and see so many great sights is definitely living large. And getting advertisers to foot the bill, that&#39;s not even a small budget. That&#39;s no budget. </p> <p>They plan to start the trip this year, if they raise enough money. At roughly 4400 paces for $100 each, plus the high-end ad spaces on themselves, it looks like they could be setting off with over $500,000 in the kitty. That&#39;s going to be one hell of a vacation! </p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1PwnxaJSMeY" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1PwnxaJSMeY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drive-across-america-for-free">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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