8 Money saving tips for a cheap road trip in the UK & Europe
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Eleanor
If you’ve already booked a Spaceships campervan or motorhome for your holiday, then congratulations, because you’ve probably already saved yourself heaps of money! As most people are aware, Europe is not the cheapest place for accommodation and public transport, so by embarking on a camping road trip, you save yourself those hefty prices.
Not only that, there are even more ways in which you can keep a tight grip your hard-earned pennies so instead, you can spend them on more exciting things like; tacky souvenirs and being ripped off by street vendors! Wahey! So, here are a few of Spaceships' top money-saving tips!!!
1. Save on accommodation
The thing most expensive part of a camping trip is usually accommodation. You can avoid these costs simply by trying your hand at a bit of wild camping, although always check local laws before you do this! You can stay in some incredible locations and not spend a thing!
You may, however, find yourself becoming a bit creative when it comes to needing the bathroom. If wild camping isn’t for you, then make sure you shop around when trying to find a campsite! You may find a great campsite on the beach for 40 euros, but next door you might be able to pay 20 euros and only spend a whole 5 minutes walking to the beach. So be sure to look around and not jump at the first seemingly decent option.
2. Simple home-cooked meals
Rather than eating out, make your trip a chance to challenge your culinary skills! Before you begin your epic journey, look up some simple recipes, so when you go to the supermarket, you won’t stock up on pointless items that you will later realise have no place in your camping diet. By the end of your journey, you’ll be a camping culinary genius!
3. Share cost of travel
Get as many friends on board (literally) as you can. Sharing the cost of a camper or motorhome and campsites between 5 people instead of 2 will drastically help to save you money!
4. Camping or activity pass
Check out monthly or annual passes for a variety of activities you’ll be taking part in. For example, you may find it cheaper to get a subscription to the National Trust if you plan to visit more than one of their sites, or perhaps join a camping club that will give you discounts on campsites throughout Europe.
5. Travel in low season
Plan your trip to avoid peak times or certain holidays. You will either find things more expensive (not to mention horrendously busy), or things will be closed (although in a way, that will save you money by not giving you the opportunity to spend!)
6. Save on fuel
This one’s a bit obvious but will help if you’re planning on doing a lot of driving - search around for cheaper petrol stations, and always try to avoid ones on main roads. Some stations offer reward cards, so that’s always worth checking out if you’re planning on covering a lot of miles.
7. Free water
Try to avoid buying bottled water (unless you’re in a country where this is necessary). Use your water bottle in your camper to store drinking water and top up at service stations or campsites for free!
Make sure you have good insurance. The last thing you want is for an accident, which ends up costing you so much you probably could have just spent the money on 5* hotels.
More money saving tips?
These are just a few simple ways to keep an eye on your purse, and I’m sure you’ll discover even more along the road, pun intended! Send us your favourite money-saving road trip tips and we'll add them to this blog post. So now the only thing you need to be concerned about is how you will spend all the money you have left over at the end of your trip!!!
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