Who says you cannot have a memorable, fun road trip on a budget? Regardless how long a trip you are planning, we have listed a handful of tips on how you can road trip without spending a fortune.

1. Plan Your Route

By planning where you want to go and how you are going to get there is vital to staying within your set budget for the trip.

Mapping your route will help you determine the the duration of your trip and the distance you would have to travel. This will help you set a spending limit on gas, food, accommodation or even toll fees. Additionally, this helps you determine what to pack for the road trip.

2. Do Not Overpack

You may think it is better to pack for “emergencies” considering that you have an entire motorhome to fill. Nope. Packing too much adds clutter and this makes it difficult to find things you actually need during the trip. Keep in mind that you are going to spend a lot of time in your vehicle so it is important to keep yourself comfortable. Besides, taking too much with you adds weight to the vehicle, which makes the motorhome burn more gas.

3. Research Affordable And Free Entertainment

Entertainment and sightseeing are parts of any vacation and there are a number of things you can do to find budget-friendly, if not entirely free, activities during your trip.

Check out tourism websites of countries or cities you are going to visit. These websites provide information about local tourist spots, tour activities, etc.

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If the city you plan to visit has local museums, check if they have “free days”. Travelling during summer is also advisable because the warm weather brings about more free outdoor activities: carnivals, town fairs, art shows, concerts, etc. Lastly, if you are a student or a travelling with students, do not forget to present your school ID to get student discounts.

4. Set Spending Limits

Once you have determined the length of your trip, what you will do, where you will stop along the way and what you will do, you can now set spending limits on all your expenses. Set priorities if budget is tight. Do you want to eat in nice restaurants or spend a little more on a bigger motorhome rental with a kitchen? Do you want to spend most of your budget on attractions and activities or spend more time camping in national parks and cooking over a campfire?

Gas is one of the most important parts of your budget and once you calculate how much you will spend on gas, you can then set a budget for food, activities and other experiences. Keeping track of how much you are spending helps keep you from overspending.


Road trips are a fun, memorable way to spend your holiday. Rather than flying to and from your chosen destinations, you can travel at your own pace and enjoy the sights along the way.

Just remember, drive safely and stay on budget. Hopefully these tips can help you do that. And have a worry-free, much deserved vacation!