(These are mostly for single people, but some may work for families!)
If you’ve always dreamed of taking a cross country road trip but are worried there’s no way you could afford such a trip, think again. It is definitely possible to travel through the United States on a shoe string budget and still have a fantastic time and get to see loads of places. Here are five cheap and creative ways to travel the United States without having to dip into your pocket too deeply, or even better yet, actually get paid to do so.
1. RV courier – RV couriers are people who are paid to drive recreational vehicles across the country. As an RV courier, you are required to get the RV to a particular destination within a specific time frame. Other than that, it’s up to you. You can decide on your driving hours and your driving route. If you have enough time to make a detour somewhere, then you can! The RV courier company pays your expenses and provides insurance. You never have to spend money on a hotel because you can sleep in the RV. If you have a driver’s license and a good driving record, you are a great candidate to become an RV courier.
2. Ridesharing – With the way fuel prices are these days, if there’s any way you can split the cost of gasoline, take it! Maybe you can convince a couple of friends to come with you, or maybe you can go online and search for other people who are traveling to the same destination as you. There’s a rideshare category on Craiglist and plenty of other websites catering to ridesharers. Ridesharing may turn out to be way cheaper than paying for a bus ticket.
3. Air courier – Sometimes custom law states that air cargo must be accompanied by a chaperone, hence the need for air couriers. This is a great way to score some airline tickets for free or below cost – but you’ll need to have a flexible schedule because oftentimes you’ll be given very little notice. Also, you won’t be able to bring a lot of luggage with you because you will not be allowed to check it.
4. Camping – Sure, some campgrounds are ridiculously expensive but you can always find ones with a reasonable price range at around $20 a night, or some that are even free! This is a great way to reduce or even eliminate the cost of accommodations. To cut down even more on the costs, borrow a tent from a friend or buy one cheap online.
5. Tour planner – If you become a part time group tour planner or a tour escort, you can probably score some complimentary vacations or tickets by selling vacations or get commissions from travel agencies. You can also write off any trip expenses as tax deductions by explaining that you are checking out new destinations so you can properly recommend them to your clients. To get tax deductions and free stuff, you’re actually going to have to start a legitimate business and get clients – you don’t just get to call yourself a planner and reap the benefits.
This post was written by Ryan Embly from CarRentalExpress.com. If you’d like to learn about his website click here.
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