It is the middle of summer and the heat is on! Now that we’ve hit the halfway point of summer break, the kid’s summer activities have pretty much wrapped up and families are planning their last-minute vacation road trips.
I remember the good old days, taking a road trip in the back seat of our family’s 1984 maroon Chevy Impala. Once the arguments with my two siblings over who had to sit in the middle finally subsided, we had a great time cruising down the road, counting Wall Drug billboards and listening to tunes like Free Fallin’ and Fast Car. It was a fun and frugal time, and one that I’ll never forget.
Taking a road trip to your family vacation destination can be not only a fun experience, it can be a great way to save a few bucks on travel. But, if you aren’t careful, that savings can quickly be gobbled up as you make your way down the road. There’s a lot more potential for hitting financial potholes during a road trip today than there was when I was a kid. Convenience stores and restaurant chains litter the highway exit ramps. Sure, they are convenient, but they can also turn your frugal travel plans into travel budget disasters. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your travel expenses low on your next family road trip. [Read more…]