Travel On The Cheap

 

It’s no secret that we LOVE to travel.
It’s also no secret that we aren’t exactly millionaires.
Not everyone can afford to drop $200/night on hotels or eat out three times a day for 3 days, in addition to plane tickets and shopping.
So what do you do?
You still want to travel, explore and see the world (or at least MORE of the world), but you have to stick to a budget.
Do not despair-there are certainly options and ways to travel on a budget!
As avid travelers, we find ourselves encouraging everyone we know to get out there and explore!
One of the things I hear over and over again is:
I CAN’T AFFORD TO TRAVEL.
I say, Bulls**t you can’t! If we can – you can!
Read On For the F.A.A tips on travelling on a budget!
*Note: This blog has NOT been sponsored by any of the entities referenced below.

Accommodations

Cabins

Before I got hip to tent camping -and believe me, I used to think anyone who would camp in a tent was crazy –
I was all into cabins, and I still am!
Cabins, especially those located in state parks, tend to be pretty affordable.
I’ve seen them as low as $35/night (in RI, no less) to $50/night (VT) and up.
As with most things, cabin cost will vary depending on the amenities you want.
KOA, for example,  is great because most KOA parks offer tent sites up through cabins to full hookup RV sites.
Each KOA is different, so be sure to browse the websites carefully.
Air Bnb is a great route for cabins, in addition to private rooms and whole houses.

Camping

Camping is probably one of the cheapest sleeping arrangements you can make, short of sleeping in your car,
and with a little planning, it ain’t half bad.
I have personally come to love tent camping.
If you’re up for tenting, your options are endless.
freecampsites.net and Campendium are great resources for FREE campsites.
Yes.
FREE campsites.
I had no idea that such a thing existed until very recently.
In every state, the state park system is a great resource for camping.
You will have to go to the individual state or park for more info.
Each state is set up a little differently, some websites being more user friendly than others.
State park campsites range from very cheap and up.
There is primitive or backcountry camping with no facilities, then more cushy camping with showers and bathrooms nearby.
There is permit, free or paid camping in Wildlife Management Areas, and through the Bureau of Land Management
and National Forest Service.
You will have to put on your internet cap and do some footwork and possibly make some phone calls, but the pay off will be worth it!

Hotel/Motel

If you find that camping is simply not for you, and you want a room, I have found hotels.com to be a good resource.
Like most other internet search websites, you can filter your criteria, and results come back.
You can mess around with this for a bit, as you may not find the cheapest rooms right away.
It’s important to know the area you are going to.
We went to Vermont a few times this fall, and ended up staying in Williamstown, MA, which was right over the border, as it actually had the cheapest rooms.
Maybe you don’t want the cheapest room, but a certain feature.
For example, we took a New Year’s Eve trip to Gettysburg, PA.
We stopped in the Poconos on the way the first night, and desperately wanted a fire!
We managed to find ONE motel (Sullivan Trail Inn, if you’re interested!)
with a fire pit, grill and picnic table on the lawn!
It turned out to be an awesome night and I’m glad we found it!
My point is, if you want to find what you’re looking for, you will have to do some footwork.

Food

Food budgets usually come down to two things:
You make it vs. They make it.
Almost every time you make your own food, it will be cheaper than if someone else makes your food.
You also need to take into account where you will be staying.
Sometimes you can rent a room with a kitchen, or a microwave,
or sometimes you will just have a BBQ grill.
No matter what, one of the cheapest meals you can make is Sandwiches!
A loaf of bread and deli meats, even with cheese and mustard, or PB&J is incredibly cheap.
It’s not glamorous, but it will feed 2ish people easily.
You can even switch it up with wraps or pita bread or bagels.
Aside from that, if you are camping, burgers and dogs are always a cheap option, or BBQ Chicken Thighs in foil are cost effective.

If you aren’t in to campfire fare, there are inexpensive options abound in the form of fast food, diners, buffets, and even at the supermarket.

One way we cut our daily spending in half was leaving Dunkin Donuts for Cumberland Farms.
We rarely make breakfast.
I love the nostalgia of making eggs and sausage and pancakes before everyone else wakes up but, let’s face it.
I’m not waking up early for anything I am not obligated to wake up early for.

It used to be our one daily extravagances to go through the Dunkin Drive-Thru Every morning.
Talk about convenient.
This eventually became so expensive that we had to stop.
We decided to switch to Cumbies, which cut our spending in half or more, but still allowed us our silly breakfast sandwich ritual with iced coffee
that I don’t have to wake up early to make.

Iced Coffee is never the same when you make it at home.
Plus, at Cumbies, it’s $.99 or FREE!
#FTW

Aside from fast food, I find Aldi to be EXTREMELY budget friendly!
I used to think WalMart was cheap, until I found Aldi.
I can feed a family of 4 for $100/week by shopping at Aldi, and for trip food, it only makes sense.
Their branding is different than you may be used to, and at first this freaked me out a tad.
I have to say, though, that I haven’t had an issue with anything at all.
With proper planning, a mere $20 can go very far!
If you want to eat well on a budget while travelling – Aldi.
I do believe they carry coolers, as well, to tote all of your tasty vittles.

Transportation

We have an 8 cylinder Dodge Truck, and 4 cylinder Honda.
It goes without saying that travelling the Honda is WAY cheaper.
I can’t offer tons more on transportation, as we ONLY travel by car!

There You Have It! A few Quick Tips We Use To Travel More On a Small Budget!

Thank You For Reading!

What About You?

Do you have any travel tips or questions to share? Feel to comment below!

 

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