Planning a big road trip with your kids this summer? With some strategic travel planning, you can save money and your sanity.
Here are some suggestions listed below;
Healthy Eats and Treats: One of the biggest expenses on the road is food. It takes a toll on your wallet and, if you make the easy choice and go for fast food, your health as well. Whenever we travelled, we packed a lunch for the first day and then stopped at a roadside park to eat. It’s easy to plan these rest stops by using the Roadtrippers app.
Busy Hands, Happy Hearts: Among our main challenges was keeping the kids occupied. Older children can use a tablet or portable gaming system to stay busy, and everyone enjoys movies on the go. But even with these tech options, kids tend to get bored and restless. That’s where creativity comes into play.
Smarter Places to Stay: There are plenty of ways to save money on lodging during a family road trip. You can find vacation rentals by owners at vrbo.com or book an apartment or a house at AirBnB.com. Suite hotels, which offer extra space for a big family, are another option; find one at hotels.com, orbitz.com, or cheaphotels.com.
Food and Entertainment Discounts: Use Yelp to find good restaurants at a good price—and to snag bonuses such as free appetizers or desserts. Download the app RetailMeNot for codes on everything from souvenirs to attractions.
Saving Time and Gas: Enter the year, make, and model of your car into the AAA’s Fuel Cost Calculator to compute how much you’ll spend on gas. Download the GasBuddy app to find the cheapest fuel prices along the way. We use the Waze app to find real-time road conditions and plot the most efficient route.