Tips on Planning a Car Trip on Budget

The last two years were a bit uncertain for the travel industry. But now that travel restrictions in the country are practically over in the UK, we started to plan to visit more destinations. However, not everyone is ready to travel abroad for economical and social reasons.

For this reason, car trips can be an excellent option for those who want to travel in the country. Road trips are fun and practical, but they can also be a bit pricey.

The good news is that we can plan an affordable and unforgettable car trip following a few tips.

Car Expenses

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On a road trip, it’s quite important to think about three things: safety, planning, and the right car. The idea is to start to think about the right car at least a few months before your trip.

After all, it’s during this time that you will be able to choose the right vehicle according to the type of journey you want to do.

Everything about your car trip should be carefully thought out. You can always find a better deal in the city.

By the way, when it comes to finding a perfect vehicle, it doesn’t matter if your research encompasses finding a used car for sale in Birmingham to rental affordable vehicles in the city, it’s always better to look for a good match locally.

Planning also means thinking about other expenses such as petrol and tolls. It is important to know the average of kilometres per litre made by the car that will be used.

This way, you’ll be able to identify what you’ll be spending on supplies along the journey, as you’ll know the total distance to go.

Where to Stay

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Most of the places I stay during my travel journeys are picked several months before. I don’t think I need to tell you, but you shouldn’t leave the house without planning where you’ll make overnight stops.

I totally understand that road trips are prepared with a bit of freedom, even when it comes to finding a room to sleep when arriving at night or when you are tired after spending hours driving.

If you would like a little more comfort, make your reservations in advance. With this, you can even get some savings in daily value.


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After planning where to stay, it’s time to calculate all the costs with lodging – hotel or hostel -, leisure, stops on the road, and meals.

If you have children, the idea is to make some stops on the road so that way they won’t get bored quickly. Use this time to stop going to the toilet and eat and drink something.

Be aware that service stations in the UK can be quite expensive. In this case, it is handy to bring water, juices, and snacks from home so that you do not need to spend extra cash.

Expect the Unexpected

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Be prepared for the unexpected – for good and bad.

Planning a car trip in the most realistic mode is safe. Keep in mind possible situations before they occur, such as unexpected car problems, no cell phone network, bad weather, or getting lost on the road.

On a more positive note, also be prepared for the positive surprises such as making new friends, finding cool attractions, or secret routes you didn’t even know existed – all you need to do is allow yourself a little extra time to enjoy it.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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