Don’t waste your money: travel expenses
(WHTM) – AAA says gas prices in Pennsylvania rose again today, averaging $5.03. So, is a driving holiday still worth it?
Doug Pletcher and his dog take a road trip in his 30ft RV. But with his diesel-guzzling van, Doug decided to cut his trip short.
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Other travelers taking a break at a rest stop on Interstate 75 told us that gas prices were starting to affect their travel plans. Robert Thompson said he would have to cut costs elsewhere to compensate for this.
“It’s a little tough, but we want to see the family, so we’re just biting the bullet,” Thompson said.
But high gas prices are just one reason your summer road trip will be more expensive. Once at your destination, you can also expect to pay a lot more. But how much?
For one hotel, AAA’s Paula Twidale said mid-range hotel prices have risen more than 40% this year, with average rates of $200 or more. And if you rent a car? It will now cost around $100 per day.
Twidale says inflation won’t stop people from traveling, but expects RV owners to drive fewer miles.
“So you’re probably going to see fewer people taking campers. Keep in mind that last year and the year before, campers were very popular because it was a way for you to contain your surroundings,” Twidale said.
Twidale’s top tip for saving money on your summer road trip:
- Pack some food and book a kitchen suite
- If you are visiting an attraction, such as Disney World, stay off the property
- Look for member discounts, like those offered by AAA
- Find out if there is a discount for paying in full.
- Finally, don’t wait
“People can’t wait for that bargain that they think is down the road,” Twidale said.
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So plan early and book early. This way you don’t waste your money.