Budgeting For a Long Distance Road Trip

Budgeting For a Long Distance Road Trip

A road trip can be a great option for your next holiday. Road trips provide you with the ability to see the country, spend an extended amount of time with friends and family, and make some lasting memories. However, if you’re not careful, this type of trip can get pretty pricey. To save money on your road trip costs, make a budget using some of the tips below as a guide:

Plan Your Meals

One of the best things you can do to save money when you are going on a road trip is to plan your meals in advance. When you are touring a country in a vehicle, you will end up pulling off to a lot of roadside cafes and fast food joints. While this food can be tasty and convenient, it is also unhealthy and expensive. A better option would be to pre-plan as many of your meals as possible and pack snacks in your bag. This will allow you to save money on food and avoid overeating on fatty and unhealthy foods.

Get an RV

Another way to save money when taking a long road trip is to rent or buy an RV/motorhome/campervan. Renting an RV or similar is an ideal option for a single road trip with a high number of passengers and a heavy load of gear. For those who want to make frequent road trips or holidays a part of their lifestyle, buying an RV or similar is a great option. While it may seem like an initially expensive purchase, in the long run, they save money that would otherwise be spent on other expenses, especially hotel rooms and flights. Furthermore, there are flexible options for financing, such as RV loans, to ensure that you don’t bust the budget.


When most people are planning their road trip, they naturally think of all the money that they will likely spend on fuel. However, there are other traveling expenses that need to be considered as well. One of the most frequently overlooked is the cost of tolls. Depending on where you are driving, you could easily spend over £100 each way on your trip. It would be a good idea to plan your route in advance so you can anticipate tolls or so you can adjust your route in order to avoid them. You might also want to find an online toll estimator to make sure you understand what your total toll expense will be. If you plan to travel through America and stay in state or national park, it’s likely there will be other tolls and fees associated with the campgrounds or for day use. Look up the areas or parks where you plan to visit in order to anticipate these costs ahead of time.


Most importantly, you need to expect the unexpected. Road trips are full of surprises that can be expensive, especially if you get an unplanned traffic ticket. Follow the traffic laws so this doesn’t put a damper on the fun. Budget extra money in case of other emergencies. Be certain that you have proper insurance for medical or auto emergencies. Be careful with how you store money, cards, important documents, and other valuables. Have medicine and a well-stocked first aid kit on hand.

A road trip is a great way to see a country and build memories with loved ones, but without planning beforehand, the expenses can run upward very quickly. To ensure that you are prepared for the financial side of the trip, create a budget and save money with these handy tips.

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