How to keep your road trip costs down

Priceless family memories ... You don't have to spend a fortune to make memories.
Priceless family memories ... You don't have to spend a fortune to make memories. 

With the current economic climate more Australian families are choosing to holiday locally and interstate. So bundle up the kids and read our tips on how to keep your road trip costs down.

  • Stay somewhere that has kitchen facilities. You can cook a good meal with just an electric frypan and a microwave. This allows you to eat dinner and breakfast in and make a packed lunch for days out.
  • Have morning tea as your meal out. It always feels like a treat and a good morning coffee is often essential for a day on the road.
  • Take a roll of gaffer tape. It fixes everything, at least temporarily (even my three-year-old's favourite bedtime doll).
  • Think about the car you own and whether it is suitable for the open road. A breakdown can really blow out costs.
  • Hit up friends and acquaintances for a meal, use of their laundry or a night's accommodation. These were some of the best parts of the trip and we look forward to returning the favours.
  • A road trip around Australia doesn't have to be a year-long pilgrimage to every state, caravan in tow. Choose a few places, a shorter time frame and a smaller budget.
  • Stop a while. A week at a holiday house, organised through local real estate agents on the internet, is cheaper than one night here, two nights there.
  • Plan ahead. This allows you to take advantage of cheap deals, to write a budget and save for the trip.

Do you have more tips? Leave them for other members in our Travel forum.