The warmth of the summer signals cookouts, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Many people also use this time of year to head out on the road in their recreational vehicles, or RV. These vehicles allow travelers to not only experience the country in a unique way, but they can also do so in comfort.
Many RV enthusiasts will be quick to tell you that this method of travel is not so much about getting to the destination as it is enjoying the journey to the destination. With that being said, traveling by RV can be very cost effective if you consider the following tips.
Choose The Smallest RV While Keeping Comfort In Mind
Recreational vehicles can range from trailers that can be towed and small campers to motor homes that are over 30 feet long. It does not matter whether you choose to purchase an RV or rent one, the bigger it is, the more it will cost.
You can choose to ride in an RV that has all of the bells and whistles. However, you will likely pay thousands of dollars to so. Or, you can choose a smaller one that meets your needs for a fraction of the cost. If you do need a larger RV to accommodate a group, the cost can be split among the other passengers.
Consider Cheap Or Free Destinations
Although you will save some money when it comes to hotels, you may incur additional fees associated with a campsite such as:
- Water hookup
Fortunately, there are some affordable campsites throughout the country, and you can even camp for free overnight at all lands owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Some Walmarts even allow free overnight parking. There are websites that help travelers search for free parking spots around the country.
Pack Your Own Food
It is possible to have a real meal on the road while traveling in an RV. The majority of recreational vehicles have cooktops and refrigerators. This means you can stock the refrigerator with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and snacks for a healthier and less expensive alternative to eating out.
You may also be able to find grocery stores along your journey that can provide you and your family with some amenities. For example, Trader Joe always offers free samples and coffee. The grocery chain is also known for providing clean and private restrooms.
If you must have some takeout along your trip, carefully research the restaurants in the area that may offer discounts or coupons. This way you will know in advance how much each meal will cost.
Traveling by RV can be a fun and exciting adventure. Be sure to follow these tips to keep your adventure affordable as well.