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How to Travel On a Budget

Travel doesn’t have to be expensive when you own an RV. With a little advance planning, you can take some pretty cool vacations without breaking the bank.

Tips for Saving Money When Traveling in an RV

Before you embark on your adventure, or even begin planning it, take a look at the following tips for how you can travel on a budget.

1. Try to go during the off-season.

If you have kids in school or work is particularly busy, it can be difficult to get away for a trip during the off-season. However, booking prices are often cheaper when the demand is not as high. Examples of off-seasons would be school months or any time outside of holidays, spring break, etc.

2. Look for nearby adventures.

Gas money is expensive. If you don’t want to take a long trip, check out the adventures within an hour or two of your own home. Often, there are great travel destinations right under your nose. If you aren’t sure where to begin looking, consider these locations.

3. Buy supplies ahead of time.

If you purchase groceries, toiletries, etc., that’s one less thing to worry about while on the road. It will also make it easier to buy things cheap or on sale, rather than being caught off guard and forced to buy expensive supplies at an emergency place on the road.

4. Plan ahead.

Know where you are going, how you are going to get there, and where you will stop along the way. Spontaneity has its place, and it is important to find the balance between planning and flexibility. However, it is always better to have a plan and deviate from it than to make things up as you go.

5. Budget, budget, budget!

The most important thing you can do to save money while traveling is to have a budget and stick to it. Know exactly how much you want to spend on groceries, on gas, on a camping site, and on extras. This will prevent you from spending more than you can afford.

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How Else Can You Improve Your Traveling Experience?

Saving yourself money doesn’t do much good if you aren’t having a good time on your trip. While it is important to travel on a budget and plan ahead, make sure you are planning for a fun trip, not just a cheap trip. You can improve your RV experience by doing the following things:

1. Unplugging and relaxing

One of the best things you can do for a road trip is to unplug from the stresses of life. If you can, get ahead on any work or at-home demands before you go on your trip, that way you are free to fully disengage and relax while on your trip.

2. Focusing on the moment

Some of the best things in life are free, and those things are often moments. Taking photos is a great way to capture memories, but make sure you are also present in the moment.

3. Traveling with the right crowd

Whether you prefer to get away alone or take a group of close friends, make sure your company matches the setting of the trip.

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