Cheap Road Trips Can Be Done!
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Cheap road trips are only possible if you pay attention to lodging and meal choices...
A place to stay and a place to eat...
Basic things to keep us going on down the road…
On our family vacation road trips, our family tends to pick motels instead of hotels, and we seldom have a reservation anywhere. When we are tired of driving for the day, we just find a motel, rent a room, and relax. This gives you freedom to take a different road, not be on a certain time table, and we think generally makes the trip much more enjoyable.
We also like to stay at motels that offer a free breakfast. But breakfast at one motel is not the same as at another. Some serve a hot breakfast as well as offering cereals, fruits, waffles, pastries, etc. Others just set out a box of donuts. Make sure that the price you pay for the night includes a breakfast you’ll be wanting, because that is really built into the price. But having a nice breakfast available at the hotel or motel saves you the trouble of having to find a place to eat in the morning. This gets you on your road trip faster.
Another cheap road trip dining option is finding a motel with a restaurant adjacent or next door, such as a Denny’s or coffee shop.
As long as where we are staying is clean and safe, I’m happy. I don’t care how new and shiny it is, but I do factor in price. If it costs too much, I just won’t get a good night’s sleep. We tend to only be there long enough to sleep anyway…we don’t need a lot of amenities.
The kids? Their pick for the motel where we stay each night is important too, and an important factor in making cheap road trips because this give them a good activity to enjoy for free! Have you guessed what it is?
The kids are happy on the road trip if the motel has a swimming pool!
By the way, for other road trip meals, we look for sandwich shops for lunch or something simple. Seems that we are always trying to grab something quick and easy for lunch. Sometimes we choose to just eat it in the car while driving down the road.
All-you-can-eat buffets work great for a filing supper, especially after you have found a place to rest for the night. Fill up on food, go back to your room and get a good night’s sleep for the next day!
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