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Need to get out of the house? Is your roommate driving you nuts? Hit the road with our road trip tips and tricks guide perfect for those on a tight budget! It’s the first post in our budget travel category because sometimes the coolest things to see and do are within driving distance of your house. So make a plan to get out and about this weekend with our road trip guide. Life’s too short not to see stuff.
Make the most of your time away by escaping as soon as your classes or work finish on Friday. I find if you wait for Saturday morning then morning turns into lunchtime and you’ve wasted half a day. Get on the road and have the full use of your Saturday.
Free camps are a great place to pitch a tent for a brief overnight stay and enjoy the whole back to nature thing. Remember that the majority of free camps will have a 24 to 48 hour limit to your stay. Look for signage and know what is what.
Another great way to multi-task on your budget road trip is to visit/stay with friends and family along the way. Pop in for meals or overnight, spend some time hanging out and bonding and then continue along. Or don’t. Maybe stay on for the whole weekend and get to know their town.
This tip puts the budget in “budget weekend road trip tips and tricks” by saving you loads of cash. In my family suffering from motion sickness in cars is a big thing, so from a young age we snack or sip our way through road trips as a sort of diversion. Plus road trips are ALL about the snacks. But if you’re buying along the way it is PRICEY. So stock up on food & drink, pack an esky, before you leave and save some coinage.
Sure your best mate’s Dad’s giant 4WD might seem like a good idea for the space and general comfort when roughing it but do you have any idea how much they cost to run? Even the most efficient of big cars will never be able to compete with a small car for fuel efficiency. Take a small car, pack light and reap the rewards of not having to fill a big, thirsty fuel tank, or two!
Music is ESSENTIAL to any road trip. Don’t even bother going if you don’t have a decent playlist or five. I love to have one of new music that acts like a radio station, one for singing along to and one for just driving pondering all the things. So get on to it.
When you are on the road don’t plan to be anywhere too quickly. The best part about road trips is pulling over to grab a selfie with a funny landmark, kicking back in a new favourite park or strolling along the main street of a cute little town with ice-cream. Don’t miss these opportunities by rushing your way through it all. Stop and smell the road trip roses, it’s essential.
Travelling with others? Before you leave home brush up on some road trip car game ideas like the always popular number plate game. Punch buggy was popular with my siblings when we were kids. Not so popular with Mum and Dad thanks to the fights that always broke out. You might even want to put together a playlist of obscure music and play guess that song title and band. The possibilities are endless, start planning now.
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Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.