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Get our top tips for saving money on a campervan trip:

Jetting off on a road trip in a campervan can be both comfortable and affordable. Our budget travel tips have been collected from travel experts and previous Escape customers alike, and are great for the budget-friendly traveler.

Our Top 9 Cost-Saving Travel Tips

  1. Buy a National Park Pass. For a mere $80, you can purchase an annual pass that’ll allow you to enter as many US National Parks as you can handle for up to one year. Individually, each park can cost $20 per entry.
  2. Get stocked up on food and gas BEFORE you head into the National Parks. Most parks have supermarkets on site, but they charge a premium for having the convenience of beer and eggs right on the edge of the Grand Canyon.
  3. Take advantage of the dispersed camping available in US National Forests. Nearly every National Park is surrounded, in part, by a National Forest buffer zone. It’s legal to car camp in them for free!
  4. While touring National Parks, make use of their public transit system. Especially in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion, we recommend parking the campervan for a few days and letting the US National Parks Service do the driving.
  5. Another great option is to rent a bicycle–there’s no better way to see the parks than cruising on a two-wheeler.
  6. Make use of your kitchen. Each Escape campervan comes with everything you need to make 5-star meals at a 5 dollar price.
  7. Shorten your “must-see” list. There’s one rule here: Miles = $. While planning your road trip, don’t attempt to cram everything you want to see into a frenetic, unmanageable death march. Tap the brakes, take a deep breath, and enjoy your surroundings. Our Escape depot travel experts are happy to assist in letting you know what is a manageable trip and what isn’t.
  8. Make it a group road trip. More fellow travelers in your campervan means a smaller split of the gas and expenses. We offer vans that can comfortably seat up to 5, and sleep up to 5 with a rooftop sleeper.
  9. Look out for specials! Visit our specials page, sign up for our email list, and join our Escape Specials Facebook Group to be in the know. Then go ahead and book your campervan.

Want to add your own budget travel tips to our list? Get in touch on social media or contact us.

2 thoughts on “Top 9 Budget Travel Tips”

  1. I’ve been hoping to put together a road trip in one of you’re very cool camper vans for some time now! The trick is the usual for my crew… timing! But one question in the meantime… dogs? Do you allow my bestest bestie along for the ride? Is there an additional fee or deposit? Other pup related requirements?
    Lastly, are you connected with any airlines in terms of discounted one way flights to/ from your depots?
    SJEESHEESH!!! One question, or 7?? Lol

    1. Hi Kelly! We charge a $150 non-refundable pet fee (up to 2 pets allowed). There is no charge for service dogs with the appropriate documentation. No pets are allowed during the months of July, August, and September.

      We don’t have any relationships with airlines.

      Our reservations team will be happy to answer any other questions you may have! You can reach them at or 1-877-270-8267.

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