Budget Better: Tips to go on a budget-friendly road trip

We're here to help you master the art of a cheap road trip.

With spring break coming up and gas prices at an all-time low, now is a perfect time to start planning that road trip you've been wanting to take. Whether it's a quick weekend excursion or a cross country journey, we have the ultimate go-to guide on simple financing tips for your travels, including suggestions for the best eating options on a budget, money-saving gas tips, low-cost lodging recs and everything in between.

For example, you should always avoid fueling up near popular areas. You'll find inflated gas prices near common tourist destinations and metropolitan areas, so it's worth venturing to the town over for more affordable prices. Gas costs on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California are known to be considerably higher than the stations a few miles off the main highway. Apps like GasBuddy and Roadtrippers come in handy when searching for the best fuel deal.

For all you penny-pinchers wanting a road trip that won't empty your pockets, we're here to help you budget better.

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