How to Travel Down the American Coast on a Budget

A lot of people want to leave work (or their studies) for awhile, pack their bags, and travel wherever they want to. And then they realize they would need a significant amount of money, so the plan fizzles out. This is a typical scenario, one that even I experienced years ago, while I was still starting out on my travel adventures. Nowadays, though, there are a lot of ways to travel without spending that much, especially when your plan is to explore the American coast.

Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time

The ideal way to save is to start planning as early as possible. Planning ahead of time will encourage you to start saving early. Talk to a travel planner (like me!) before you lay down your plans.

Go on a Road Trip

Instead of spending your hard-earned dollars on airfares, look for a reliable and affordable car rental service. Be sure to go for one that includes insurance. There are not a lot of these in the United States, but your travel planner can help you out with this.

Stock Up on Food

Since you will be traveling on the road for hours upon hours, stock up on food. As much as possible, buy your stock from the cheapest shopping centers or stores. Avoid eating in restaurants as this will only add up to your expenses.

Choose Less Common Sources for Your Accommodations

When I travel, I do not go for hotels listed in glossy travel magazines and online sites. I usually go for the less common ones like the ones found on AirBnB. Sometimes, I also look for inns and hostels. They are way cheaper than hotels. If you want free accommodations, you’ll find some through Couchsurfing, which is an online source for local families/individuals who offer free lodging to travelers. Or, if you are the adventurous type, you can go camping!

Going Around Your Destination

Once you reach a stop or a destination, look for tourism centers and find a way to get park passes. Likewise, get information about free events that you can join. Walk around to save on gas; the best way to explore a place is by walking. Leave your rented car somewhere safe and start your adventure!