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How To Take A Last Minute Road Trip With Low Capital

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Most of us have been there at one time or another. We just get the bills paid and have barely enough left over to put food on the table when all of a sudden a loved one gets sick and you need to travel hundreds of miles, fast and without any money. 

You may contemplate staying home, but that’s not really a choice, so you’re forced to leave and travel with just enough money for the gas in your tank. What do you do? How do you make it work? 

Even though it’s not ideal, it is possible to travel for almost nothing with a few sacrifices. 

How to Travel On Low Capital

How to Make It Work

Friends, I know this part of the post is not what you want to hear. You’re wanting me to tell you it’s gonna be easy, but truth is it’s gonna be tough. It’s not gonna be what you want to do, but in the end, it will get you from point a to point b on low capital. 

Don’t waste money on a hotel, sleep  in the car. Now is the time you tell me you have 3 kids and you feel bad making them sleep in the car. Folks, I feel ya, but that’s not an excuse. Travel at nighttime, if possible, and the kids won’t even realize it. Or, if you’re going a further distance, make plenty of stops during the day and when it gets late they will fall asleep. One of the great things about kids is they don’t care where they sleep, as long as you’re with them. Use rest areas, Walmart parking lots and sleep with the doors locked and somewhere you feel safe. 

It’s not gonna be comfortable, but you got this! 

Stay out of gas stations, shop only at grocery stores.  Did you know you can purchase a small bag of chips for $1.50 at the gas station, but in a grocery store that same bag of chips, only bigger, is just $2. Don’t waste money you don’t have At travel stations and convenient stores; these places charge you extra for your convenience. 

Stay away from fast food or road food, pack a cooler or cooler bag instead. Road food can be expensive and leave you wanting more. For a family, it’s cheaper to buy food from grocery stores and place it in a cooler. In fact, PB&Js for a family of 5 can cost as low as $5 and feed all of you for more than one meal. Don’t like PB&Js, pack a large bowl and buy salad mix and dressing for less than $10. 

Don’t fret about the shower. So if you have to travel over night you may be worrying how you will get a shower or brush your teeth, you do have a few options. Truck stops like Flying J, Loves, and Pilot have showers you can purchase for around $10- a lot cheaper than a nights hotel rate. 

Utilize family and friends. Remember when your uncle Bob asked you to come stay with him, but you thought that would be weird, well take him up on the invitation. Using friends and family for a place to stay, eat, or shower is actually very travel savvy. Just be prepared, they may want to stay with you sometime in the future.

Those are just some of the ways you can help spread your money when you are traveling with low capital. What are some ways you save money on last minute trips?

Enjoy this post? I would love for you to check out my other post, especially How You Can Travel for Free.



  1. July 13, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Great tips. We actually like to road trip and will sleep in the car to save a little money. Campsites are a good way to save hotel money and get out of the car and usually have a shower.

  2. July 13, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    The cooler is a great idea. Those fast food meals can be more expensive than you expect!

  3. July 13, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I love this I would love to head off on road trips more, but always find money an issue I am going to have to try using some of your tips!

  4. July 14, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Packing food will always save money. When money was tight we stayed at family’s home.

  5. Cat
    July 14, 2017 / 3:20 am

    More times than not, most of our road trips end up becoming last-minute! We learned a few years ago how much money we save on the road when we buy our food and snacks at grocery stores–had no idea how big the markup was at gas stations before!

  6. July 14, 2017 / 4:05 am

    With two kiddos and a third on the way, I cannot sleep in a car. However, I do search around for the best price on a hotel. I also look for free things to do.

  7. July 14, 2017 / 4:37 am

    I absolutely love road trips and always looking for more ideas to make it even more affordable! Packing snacks is the best idea!

  8. July 14, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    These are great tips! Especially the gas station vs grocery store one. Also, we always start our long roadtrips at night, so the kids can sleep!

  9. Blair villanueva
    July 14, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips! When we are resourceful, we can travel the world in minimal expenses. And gain lots of friends.

  10. July 15, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Great advice – there are just so many ways to save money and work with a low budget, it’s really clever!

  11. July 15, 2017 / 11:11 am

    These are the wonderful tips to save on the last minute trip and yet enjoy the time together.

  12. July 15, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Yes, I travel inexpensively. I usually take snacks with me to minimize cost and save time.

  13. July 16, 2017 / 5:12 am

    I will have to bookmark this post!

  14. July 16, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Wow these are really excellent tips. I like especially traveling at night to save for a trip. I alo realised that buying at Gas stations is pretty expensive as compared to grocery stores.

  15. July 18, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Instead of hotels, we go for transient houses to save more money. And I agree that it is cheaper to buy stuff in the supermarket instead of gas stations. Thanks for sharing!

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