I thought for this week’s Thrifty Tuesday I’d share a few travel tips on how we save a little money when we vacation. Specifically when we road trip since that’s the type of trip we’re taking this week.
When we go to Itasca, we always stay in a cabin or suite that has a kitchen if we can. I know it’s going to sound crazy, but this way we can cook a few meals if we want. I know, I know, it’s vacation! Why should we be cooking? But seriously, the Lodge inside the park has fantastic food (especially breakfast) but it is NOT cheap. We’ve found a few places in town that are decent too, but again, if we can save a little bit, we splurge once or twice and cook everything else back at our cabin.
Another thing we’ve found helps is that we end up kind of eating two major meals instead of three for the most part. Obviously we will make Ollie anything he needs or wants, but if we can do a bigger breakfast (pancakes, eggs, bacon) and eat it between 10 and 11, we can stretch out until dinner pretty well. We have tons of snacks and we’ll take those along on adventures if we need them.
We drive the vehicle that gets the best gas mileage – that’s kind of a no brainer, but it makes sense and it does make a difference. The last time we went we had just got Nate’s Suburu and found we made it all the way up on one tank of gas and still didn’t need to fill up right away. And that was even with a storage unit on top of the car!
We let ourselves get souvenirs, but we try to set a limit on how much we each get to spend. We also try to seek out free activities if we can. For example, we found a disc golf course that has one of the best playgrounds I have ever seen. We also discovered a little Science Museum that we were able to visit for free with our Children’s Museum membership. And there are tons of trails to explore in the park. We don’t mind paying to do things as well, but we try to save a little where we can!
So, it makes the whole week a little more affordable which is one of the main reasons we like going back so frequently! If you have any good travel tips (especially air travel, why so expensive???) please share in the comments as I’d love to hear them!