(StatePoint) After months of cold weather, it’s time for blooming flowers, chirping birds and weekend getaways. Spring is here and it’s a great time for a road trip or spontaneous getaway. Here are
a few tips to avoid stress and common budget breakers.
Snag the Best Deals
For inexpensive road trip ideas, avoid peak-season destinations. Track off-peak deals through online travel blogs and avoid expensive accommodations at five-star hotels by staying at hostels or renting affordable and, at times, luxurious options from local hosts. Spend a night camping or visit a bed and breakfast for a more cost-effective option that can offer a cozy, intimate and more local feel to your getaway.
Map it Out
Plan your route to cut down on mileage and save on gas. Fuel reward credit cards can also offer major savings nationwide. Consider taking advantage of one with ongoing savings, like the ExxonMobil Smart Card, which provides you with the opportunity to save six cents per gallon when you purchase a minimum of 45 gallons of Exxon- or Mobil-branded fuel in a month. Savings apply from the first gallon up to 100 gallons each month.
Plus, ExxonMobil is now offering new Smart Card members who apply by June 30, 2015 a savings of 24 cents per gallon on purchases that qualify for the ongoing savings offer during the first two months after the date the account is opened.
Paying with the ExxonMobil Smart Card helps put money back in your wallet. You can apply at any Exxon- or Mobil-branded location or online at www.ExxonMobilSmartCard.com where you will also find complete details. Subject to credit approval.
Pack Smart. Plan Ahead
Avoid long toll lines and rest stop detours by packing snacks and other time-saving necessities including a toll tag and an ExxonMobil Speedpass key tag to conveniently fill up faster with just a wave. Add a universal charger to the list to ensure your devices are charged and ready to take full advantage of discount apps and navigation tools.
Before your trip, visit an automotive technician to ensure your car is road-trip ready. And to easily locate the closest Exxon- or Mobil-branded service station, download the ExxonMobil Fuel Finder app for Android and iPhone.
Get Creative with Ways to Save
In today’s world, there’s a deal for everything you want to do. Pack your itinerary with topnotch dining, luxurious hotel accommodations and adventurous activities at a reduced price through popular discount sites and local deals. For example, most museums offer student discounts or reduced tickets during off-peak hours. Be sure to download a site’s mobile app before hitting the road to find last-minute deals where you’re traveling. If you want a more traditional way to save while experiencing the local surroundings, try packing a picnic by stocking up at the nearest deli.
With a road trip that’s both fun and cost-conscious, you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Plan ahead so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.