Your ultimate guide to summer road trips on any budget

As the weather becomes warmer, you may be itching to hop in the car and take a road trip.

You could spend a weekend going to a destination that’s close by or take a few weeks to explore. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take a road trip across the U.S.

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Many factors will figure into how much you’ll spend on a road trip. To determine how much money you should have in the bank before you hit the road, be sure to consider all the expenses.

Road Trip Transportation

Before you set out on the road, you should have your car checked out by a mechanic to ensure that your auto is properly prepared for a road trip.

You will also want to check in with your car insurance policy to make sure it covers you away from home and in all states. If you don’t have a car or would rather save yourself the hassle of going to a mechanic, you could always rent a car.

Road Trip Lodging

When trying to figure out where to stay on a road trip, you’ll need to consider lodging costs. If you’ve got a travel credit card, you can cash in some of your travel rewards to make your lodging free or very low cost.

If you want to stay in an Airbnb, the average price will vary by state, but on the whole, it costs an average of $171 per night to rent one in the U.S. Kansas boasts the cheapest Airbnb rates with an average of $88 per night.


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