There are many ways to travel, but there’s no question that some are just better than others. While there are those who don’t mind jumping the rails or hitching, most people like some degree of stability and luxury while traveling and this often leads to a better overall trip. Taking a trip cross-country is a great experience and the motorhome rental is just the first step. Even if you’re on a budget, there’s no reason to despair. Traveling in a motorhome cuts way down on hotel bills, opens up options for saving money on cooking and camping, and allows you to see some of the best parts of the United States on the cheap.
Do Your Research
Because of all the information on the Internet and how easy it is to pull up on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, there is no reason not to jump on and do some research. Look at attractions you want to visit, suggestions for places to visit on a budget, or even places where you can stay on the cheap with your motorhome to help keep expenses down as you travel. There’s no excuse not to find the best deals in a local area to help you save money.
Don’t be afraid of cheap travel apps – they are great tools for a long road trip and can really help you cut down on expenses!
Looks for Freebies
Just because something is free doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or entertaining. Many museums in cities are suggested donation or have a “free museum day.” Look for local festivals in areas you want to travel to. Music festivals, harvest festivals, historical festivals – all of these are very alive and well in many different cities and regions, and often offer big celebrations that are free or a minimal amount.
Not only will you find great deals, but you might have a blast at events or festivals you didn’t even know existed before your search!
Plan Important Sites
Are there a few places you want to visit the most? Events you actually want to experience in person? Look at these, but also consider many of the smaller sites along the way will probably less expensive, or look for places you can visit slightly off season. Some attractions are season based but there are others where you can get the experience during the off-season when crowds and prices will both be lower.
Don’t pack a long road trip with all A-list tourist traps. Look around at other options, find places and events that interest you, and enjoy the adventure!
Eat Out for Lunch, Not Dinner
This tip alone is a gold mine for any travelers. At most restaurants, and especially many of the high end of specialty ones, will be more expensive at dinner than at lunch. If you want to have the experience of eating at some great new restaurants (and who doesn’t?) then take a look at lunch. You may even find special inexpensive lunch menus that give you a slice of what makes each restaurant great at a surprisingly cheap price and then you can prepare your own dinners and breakfasts in your motorhome for the best of both worlds!
Follow these tips and you will find that there’s no reason a cheap trip across the United States on a budget can’t be amazing, as well.