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How To Cut The Costs Of A Road Trip

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-two year old girl living in Brisbane. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've seen and where I want to! ✌🏻
Published September 21st 2016
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To me, there is no better feeling than packing a bag, jumping into the car and going out into the great unknown in search of an adventure. The classic 'Road Trip' hasn't lost its touch, in fact people are now trading houses for a home on wheels to be on a 'forever' holiday!

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Smiles all round always on a Road Trip!

But road trips can sometimes really break the budget. So this article is a list of simple tips over 3 necessary expenses that will prove to cut the costs of your journey so you are able to enjoy your destination even more.


It doesn't matter how short or long your trip is, chances are you are going to get hungry and thirsty. Instead of going through fast-food drive thru's for so called "convenience", plan ahead and bring some goodies for the trip, your wallet and health will thank you. And I don't just mean snacks, although I'm not ruling them out, as they are always tasty. If you can make a one-off investment in an esky and a portable stove top your food options will be endless. Plus with the added benefit of being able to store drinks in said esky, you won't have to go buying over-priced bottled water, energy and soft drinks from a service station.


Another big expense you will stumble across on your journey is where you will rest your head down each night after long and exciting days. Being an avid lover of a good road trip, I have a van to do all my driving around in that doubles as a place to sleep. There are options however if you don't have a van - you can rent one through Wicked Campers or Jucy Campers. But if a rolling bed isn't for you, never fear, your next best friend is finding a campsite. Bring your own tent and if you can, aim for an unpowered site on the grounds as your accommodation will be very affordable. Most campsites offer unpowered sites and the best thing I can say about it is you will get the full 'on the road' experience- can be gritty sometimes but authentic.

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Enjoy bonfires and open air!

However if camping isn't for you, nowadays another affordable way to go is with AirBNB or the good old Backpackers. My first experience of a Backpackers (I was nervous about it) was one of the best times and weekends I've ever had. It is a fantastic way to meet new people, have fun and create wonderful memories. The only tip I can give is that if you choose a shared dorm room, it would be wise to not leave valuables in the room that you don't want to lose.


After both topics above, I still find that the biggest expense of a road trip will be fuel when getting to and around a destination. When in a new place neither you or your passengers have been too, you won't realise just how much petrol is wasted when driving around looking for cafés, restaurants, accommodation, beaches or local must-do spots. I prefer the thrill of getting purposefully lost in a place as I think you'll see more of it but if you're a little more weary of your expenses the best tip is to plan ahead!

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Your destinations are endlessly beautiful

You can do this in so many ways, researching is your best option before you head out on the road. Read some articles, go on Instagram to see what people see and make a list of places (and addresses) that you really want to see. This isn't a dull task as you get more excited for your road trip knowing that you'll end up in some of these pretty places. The second best tip I have for you (if you don't like planning) is to bring an iPhone/Samsung or Navigation system to help you experience an area like a local. You will cut your driving time in half and know the roads a little bit better which is never a bad thing. But can we take a moment to thank a bigger power for Google Maps! I'm not the best with directions, ask my boyfriend, but Maps really does make it so much easier to find the quickest possible route to your destination.

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The world is full of beautiful landscapes - some very close to home

Nothing beats a good road trip with great company, food, new locations and memories that last a lifetime. I hope these tips serve you well, like they have for me. If you have any other tips on how to cut the costs feel free to drop a comment below. If you're stuck for ideas on places to trip too check out Legendary Pacific Drive, Port Stephens, Iluka or Byron Bay and Nimbin. Happy road-tripping!
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