The whole notion behind the road trip is a grand one. It’s an opportunity for you to get out there and live life to the fullest. While on a road trip, you will come across things that you have never seen before. Of course, that is the whole allure of this journey. One night you will be in one town, only to be miles away from it a day or two later. You get to become a wanderer and leave your ordinary life behind.
Now all of that sounds all well and good, but taking a road trip across Europe is not the cheapest thing to do. It is going to take a lot of time, and a lot of money. That is why it is important to save money anyway you can. Today, we are going to cover a few tips that you can use to save as much money as possible, and see Europe on a budget.
Be Careful Where You Eat
When you start off on your trip, it is best to bring your own food. However, let’s face reality here. You are going to be gone a long time, and at some point you are going to have to pick up some extra food.
The best tip here is to leave the motorway when you are looking to resupply. Sure, leaving the motorway is going to take you off the beaten path, but food is always going to be a lot cheaper in town. So whenever you get an opportunity, stop at local supermarkets and buy your food and drink supplies there.
Getting off the Beaten Path
Getting off the motorway at times can end up saving you even more money, and we are not just talking about food here. This goes double when you are traveling through France. See, there are a lot of toll roads in France. You can end up paying £70 in tolls just to get across the country.
Yes, taking these back roads is going to take a lot longer. However, it can also save you money. It is best to plan your route and see what places have the most tolls. In these areas, plan a few extra days so you can take back roads. In the end, the money you save will be well worth it.
Expect the Unexpected
The car you choose for your road trip is very important. Remember, you are going to be spending a lot of time in this vehicle. Thus, you are going to want a reliable car. That being said, no matter how great your car is, a lot can happen out on the open road. That is why it is very important to get some kind of breakdown coverage.
If you do not get insurance and something goes wrong during your trip, you are going to end up spending a lot of money to get your vehicle back in working condition. Some people mistakenly think that skipping out on insurance is a great way to save money. However, if something goes wrong, you are actually going to be out a lot more money than if you would have just picked up some insurance.
Stop For Gas Before Your Empty
Yeah, I know what you are thinking. This is kind of a stupid point. The truth of the matter is this point might not be as stupid as what some people are thinking. Obviously, when your car is running out of fuel, you need to stop and get some. However, you need to make it a habit to stop for fuel before you are getting close to being empty.
A lot of people like to run their tanks almost empty while on a road trip. However, when you do that, you are at the mercy of whatever fuel station you come across first. If you start looking for fuel when you have about half a tank left, you can start shopping around for a good price on petrol. The truth of the matter is simple. Some fuel stations are very conveniently located, and they know it. If they are the only station around for a while, they tend to jack up the prices. You do not have to fall victim to this if you do not drive your car until it reaches the ‘E’.
Plan a Route
Last, but most certainly not least, plan a route. Yeah, I know, taking a road trip across Europe is exciting, and it allows you to get away from having to plan everything out. However, you will find yourself getting side tracked a lot if you do not have some kind of plan.
Label all the places you want to stop, and plan about how much time you would like to spend in each desired location. Do leave yourself a bit of wiggle room as there will be some places that you may end up wanting to in stay longer. If you do not plan a route, you are going to end up missing a lot of things that you would have really liked to stop and see.Author's Google+ Page