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 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.