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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Another great option is to rent a bicycle–there’s no better way to see the parks than cruising on a two-wheeler.
- Make use of your kitchen. Each Escape campervan comes with everything you need to make 5-star meals at a 5 dollar price.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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