Money Saving Road Trip Tips
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:24 PM
Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:02 PM
Sounds like a plan! Now if I just ate lunch and no breakfast or dinner I would be as slim as you!
When I travel alone, I often buy a full sub at lunch and save half for dinner. You can make them anyway you like, and pretty healthy as well. Some sub shops are as low as $5 for a full sandwich.
I usually call at least two or three motels when I am an hour or so out of town and see who is most flexible on price. I can often save $20, and smile at the check in counter when the guy next to me is paying full rate. Obviously that only works when they expect to have vacant rooms, but it involves no haggling, just a simple “What is your best rate tonight?”
I have a friend that will haggle the handle off a shovel, and he frequently succeeds in saving some money. But that isn’t in my blood.
When Sheila and are on a trip we typically eat at nicer places. I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner (Sheila doesn’t, so she gets to drive back to the motel). I read in our local paper where folks are bringing their own wine! I’m not sure I have the guts to do that, but in mid range places where there isn’t a corkage fee, maybe bringing your own “jug” is an idea. With some pretty plain places charging $6 or $8 a glass for wine, I might try it out…or perhaps buy the first glass, and then bring out my “flask” if I want a second. That way they make their profit and I get a smile on. Just a thought…not a recommendation.
Keep the Show on the Road!
Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:56 AM
Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:03 AM
Also, pack food. Restaurants are nice and are definitely a way to see the local color. But they're also really expensive. A couple of apples, some nuts and a peanut butter sandwich make for a fine meal. Also Clifbars. I think I survived a week or so eating nothing but those things. I can't eat them now though, I over-did it.
Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:39 PM
Posted 16 April 2009 - 05:35 PM
Posted 16 April 2009 - 07:59 PM
I've developed the habit of getting on the road around 7ish, stopping for breakfast around 9:30 - usually Burger King, if I come across one. I'm not a heavy eater for breakfast and lunch - if I get the hungeries around mid-afternoon, I usually have crackers and peanut butter handy, along with a cold drink.
My heavy meal, when I'm on the road is supper - around 5. That gives it a chance to settle before I turn in around 10 or 11. I've found a couple of good chain resturants, such as Perkins, offer good meals at very reasonable (under $10) prices.
I mentioned starting around 7 - a lot of times, especially in the summer, have started as early as 6:30 to get a couple hundred miles down the road before it gets really hot. I'm usually off the road by 4:30 - 99% of the motels you'll stop at haven't started filling up that early. I've shut down for the night around 8, curling up with a book or a TV show and the parking lots were mostly empty - when I got up early in the morning the lots were full.
Edited by Alex Burr - hester_nec, 16 April 2009 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:55 PM
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