Tips to Roadtrip on a Budget
How do you afford your lifestyle?
Where do you get the money for your trips?
Do you come from money or have a sugar daddy?
How do you get sponsored for your trips?
As you can imagine, these are the questions I get all the time and the answer is very simple. It’s not rocket science. I am not sponsored (although that would certainly help fund my adventures). All of the trips I have ever done come out of my own pocket (with 1-2 exceptions). The key is to SAVE and travel on a budget! I don’t travel for a living, I travel simply to feed my curiosity and fuel my soul for adventures.
Traveling on a budget means:
I don’t spend my nights in a fancy hotel, rarely even a 3 star motel. I sleep in the mountains or in the car. I spend all my nights for my hiking adventures either backpacking (sleeping in a tent) or in a car (international traveling is different though, I do splurge a little more because I’m in a foreign country). There are lots of ways to eat cheap on the road/ in the backcountry, but my favorite is ramen! If this is something you’d like to see a separate post for, let me know in the comments below.
Most of my adventures are road trips so typically I only pay for food, gas, and possibly permits if required… & once in a while, a car rental depending who my travel partner is.
I have not flown to many other states for adventures because I have not found it necessary:
- Flights and car rentals can be expensive, and sure I can probably try to find a sponsor but…
- I’m a spontaneous traveler and plan my weekend trips on a whim, and…
- There’s so much to see within a days drive (willing to go anywhere from 4-11 hr drive) that I’m not at a point where I feel the need to fly further to enhance my hiking and travel experience.
Don’t get me wrong – it is nice to once in a while and I would do it more given the right opportunity, but if I was doing this every other weekend, there’s definitely no way I could afford to travel like I currently do.
Preparing for Travel:
Tips for Saving
Let me ask you some questions:
How many times a week do you eat out? Do you buy lunch everyday?
How many times a week do you go out drinking or to happy hour?
How often are you online shopping from your desk at work?
Do you have cable? Netflix? Spotify premium? Other luxury monthly subscriptions?
Well for me, the answer is zero. I might treat myself to one lunch and/or one dinner every week, but I basically try to save every penny for groceries and gas… and milk tea boba (this is my only terrible daily addiction and money pit).
Let’s say you eat out every day because you’re tired from work – understandable. You spend $20/day on food ($10 lunch + $10 dinner which is a stretch for LA’s standard of living) – that’s $100 for the work-week! There goes gas money for a weekend trip!👎
& all the monthly subscription services… are they really necessary? Do you really need it? It adds up. Listening to 30 secs of commercial between your music isn’t going to kill you… but it will save you $10/ month which can cover one quick meal on a road trip!👎
One other thing to take into consideration – do you have a gym membership? If yes… do you actually use it?? I know so many people that have memberships and might go once or twice a month if any at all. Personally, a gym membership is worth it for me because I go every day that I’m home… but it’s an expensive monthly service if you’re not going at least once a week.👎 Plus, studies have shown that people who exercise outdoors are a lot happier than those who workout indoors… just something to think about.
I’ve said this many times but everything you want to do and see is within reach if you put in the time and effort – it all comes down to how badly do you want to go?
This way of traveling is definitely not for everyone and not how I ever imagined I’d enjoy spending my leisurely time as an adult, but if you’re following my journey, chances are… this suits your lifestyle too 😉
It’s rugged… but I promise it’s worth it <3
As far as having the time to travel… the same logic applies: how badly do you want to go? Be sure to check out my other blog: