Lately it feels as though Bryan and I's calendar has been filled with up with so many trips! We just got back from vacation in California and it was such a nice getaway from the madness back home. I wanted to share a few tips for long haul road trips and also a few tips about traveling on a budget!
Solid Playlist + Podcasts
Obviously the best part of road trips is the wicked awesome playlist you get to put together. My hubby and I put together a playlist on Spotify that we both will enjoy. I pretty much only put songs I can sing along too or else i will get so bored. I sang a straight 9 hours driving home from SLC one time. I didn't have a voice afterwards but I didn't even care.
I would also highly recommend podcasts! They are a great way to get lost in a story or message that helps the time fly by. We listened to the entire first season of the podcast Serial, the whole way to California (a 12 hour drive) and we were completely engaged the whole time. This really made our trip fly by.
Water & Healthy Snacks
On road trips it is so dang easy to load up your grocery cart with all your favorite junk food. We decided to only get a few snacks that were healthy. I ended up feeling like I had more energy and I didn't feel so sluggish afterwards. We saved money by not over buying snacks. I also got veggie straws because they are so good and satisfying when you're craving chips. I also chose to drink only water this trip to help me stay hydrated. I have a Swell insulated water bottle so I had ice cold water the whole trip! Yum!
I can't speak highly enough about AirBNB. Such an awesome way to stay in cool places without breaking the bank. We booked with them for the first time when we went to Salt Lake City. We stayed in a little loft downtown two blocks from temple square for less than $150 a night (sorry I can't remember the exact amount..). It was cute and clean and we could walk everywhere we wanted to go! Which helped us save money on fuel as well. So I highly recommend this if you want to save some $$$$
Cook For Yourself
One of my favorite ways to save money while traveling is to cook for yourself. Especially if you book with AirBnB you will typically have a fully stocked kitchen (with utensils not food.. lol i wish). So we went and bought food for breakfast and lunch and we went out for dinner. We really only bought stuff for cereal and sandwiches (we are pretty basic) and saved so much on food while traveling.
Spend Money on Experiences
You are obviously gonna spend money while traveling, just make sure to spend it on experiences and not little knick-knacks you'll throw away in a few years. Take lots of pictures and make memories that you will remember forever. You might be surprised at how much money you spend on things you don't need.
We have some fun things coming up so make sure to follow along on our adventures! Leave a comment of your favorite road trips and saving money while traveling! Make sure to also send me any requests for posts or things you want to see more of HERE! Love you!