How to figure out the cost of a family road trip

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Budgeting for your family road trip will assist you to have a good time while remaining financially secure. How can this be done?

It’s a lot easier than you think to overspend on a holiday. When everyone’s just trying to unwind after a year of working and studying, holiday costs can easily get out of hand. A family road trip can be the holiday of a lifetime, or a financial headache that ruins your festive season. That’s why it’s important to map out potential expenses before you embark on your journey.

Here are a few tips to help you budget for your road trip.

Plan your route

When it comes to budgeting for a road trip, winging it is the easiest way to end up overspending. A detailed plan of your route allows you to anticipate costs such as toll fees and refuelling. If you’d like to stop at a restaurant somewhere along your journey, identify these stops ahead of time. Engen Wimpy has several outlets on various major routes, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with your family. If you’re looking for an inviting atmosphere with lots of familiar favourites, make sure it’s on one of your road trip pit stops.

Give your kids a budget

You’re probably travelling with your children, right? If this is your first family road trip, you’ll soon discover that everything looks appealing to them, from expensive meals to cute tokens of remembrance. Setting up a budget for their expenses and letting them know the exact amount will encourage them to get the things they really want instead of spending impulsively.

Book activities ahead of time

Do your pocket a huge favour and decide on your tours and activities before you set off. And while you’re at it, pay for the activities ahead of time. It’s one less cost to worry about when you’re behind the wheel. If the budget is particularly tight, drawing a line in the sand and paying beforehand is a great way to prioritise activities and go for what your family really wants to do.

Use loyalty or rewards programmes

It’s no secret that discounts stretch your budget a bit further. That’s where rewards programmes come in. Have you lost count of the times you’ve stepped into Wimpy for a bite? It’s time to Coin It! Use your cashback Coins to treat your family to a Wimpy moment with their Wimpy Rewards App.

Check your bags before you leave

What could be more stressful then realising a few hours into your road trip that you’ve forgotten something important. Then it turns out your forgotten item is so important that you need to buy it again. This means breaking the budget. This scenario is easily preventable by simply checking the house before you leave making sure you have all the essentials.