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If your idea of a great family trip is RV travel, then you also know how costs can add up during your excursion. One of the perks of RV travel is that it’s often cheaper than flying—if planned properly. Setting aside some time to plan your trip in advance can go a long way toward preparing a budget that you’re comfortable with before hitting the road. Let’s look at a few ways to both stay on budget and have a great time.

Route

Planning your route before leaving allows you to estimate mileage and calculate much gas you’ll need. This should go directly into your budget since gas is a necessary expense on an RV trip. Getting familiar with your route also gives you an idea of nearby attractions, friends and restaurants you may want to visit along the way. Visit Roadtrip America for advanced maps, free planning advice and more.

Meal Prep

Preparing your own meals in your RV is the most affordable way to eat on a trip. Buy your non-perishables before the trip, then pick up meat and produce along the way. Of course, part of travel involves trying local foods, so try to budget for a few meals out if your family enjoys that aspect of travel.

Overnight Stops

Rather than spending all your money on hotels, consider the option of staying at secure RV parks and campgrounds. You can search for these types of rest stops that are located along your route. Calling in advance for pricing information and reservations may help you get a good deal and will ensure you have a place to stay. Visit Frugal RV Travel to learn more about parking at rest stops.

Activities

When planning recreational fun for your trip, first decide which attractions are “must-sees” and budget for those costs, and then make a list of free activities to mix in along the way. This will help to prevent overspending and create anticipation for each leg of your journey. Be sure to allot some extra spending money for shopping and other miscellaneous costs as well.

These tips will help to build a memorable and budget-friendly family vacation!

Don’t forget to review your coverage before your big trip to ensure you and your family are properly protected. Call Educators Insurance Agency at 888.908.6822 for more information.

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