The United States has so many places that should be on your bucket list but of course, to visit them all might be expensive. However, it does not have to be costly, especially if you do your homework and follow some basic tips on how to make your US tour cheaper.
1. Check These Ways to Drive or Ride for Free
While driving your own car or even taking the bus are cheaper ways to travel around the States, there are also ways to actually do it for free. First, you can look for an option as a driveaway. Which means you will apply as a casual driver to drive the car from one place to another. You will not have to pay for anything, even petrol (unless you use it all up) and you will only need to be over the age of 23, have a valid driver’s license and references.
2. Opt for Ridesharing
Another way to get from one point to another is to opt for rideshare. Although many people have done it for years, now it has become more formal with third-party apps helping you find car owners looking for company on a drive. Of course, this is not that much different from hitchhiking, another traditional way to travel the US. If you are not traveling with your buddies, then just advertise the car space to other people looking for a ride.
3. Drive Smart and Safe
If you do decide to bring your own vehicle or rent one out, being a smart driver will help you save some dollars. First of all, be careful about speeding tickets (they will cost you) and plan the ride ahead of time to avoid wasting fuel driving around.
4. Buy Only Cheap Petrol
It might take a bit more research, but you can look for places where the prices are lower. If you are taking a long trip, this might be worth it in the end.
5. Bring Your Own Travel Food Bag
One huge way to already save money is to bring your own cooler and stacking it with water or drinks. Buying them last minute at the gas stops will be much higher in price. You can also do your research for cheap but good places to eat outside of the highway.
6. Look for a Host
There are numerous websites that connect hosts with guests, sometimes allowing them to stay even for free. Check out Couchsurfing to help you find free accommodations.
7. Save Money on Food
Surprisingly, there are also vegetarian meals available at the Hare Krishna Temples, either fully free or for a subsidized fee.
8. Volunteer While Traveling
If you really do not have that much money to begin with, you can find ways to earn money while seeing the world. One of them is to do volunteer work, where the food and accommodation may already be covered by an organization.
9. Work for Your Keep
From farm hands to festival volunteers, there are many options to work and get accommodation and maybe even food for free.
10. Be Flexible on Your Travel Dates
There are times when you will definitely have to pay. If you have to, make sure that you travel on weekdays or off-peak months to find the best deal for you.
So here you go, by following these tips you can fulfill your dream to see the US without breaking the bank.