As far as an adventurous vacation is concerned, the west coast of America provides a lot of options. If you would rather lay on the beach in Cuba, then by all means you can do that, but if you’re looking for something a bit more stretching, and you can go on a journey of self-discovery while traversing up and down this beautiful coast, you may wonder how you can do it on a budget. So let’s sort this out for you.
What do you want to do?
If you want to rent a car, for 10 days, it’s approximately $800. A gallon of gas is approximately $3.39, but if you want to rent an RV instead so you can sleep in there, the price will go up. And let’s not forget the flight there. It depends on where you come from, and if you’re coming from the east you will need to fly to New York and then to Las Vegas, which makes it a far cheaper and will cost you just over $250. But if you want to save money, there are things you can do to cut down the costs, especially with the car rental. The insurance you should never purchase through the rental car websites. Instead, do it directly with the car rental company when you pick it up.
Picking your accommodation
The cheapest way to get an overnight stay is to go for the campgrounds. It does depend on your finances, and if you want to spring for a motel room, you looking at approximately $150 a night. And if you’re an outdoor lover, or you’re heading on your first backpacking trip, there are many free campsites around the United States. As such, if you decide to go camping, per person it’s approximately $35.
Eating and drinking
Again, this depends on your preference. If you want to eat in nice places, it’s approximately $20 for breakfast and up to $30 for lunch or dinner per person. On the other hand, fast food, while not particularly healthy, means you can eat for $5 each time. But, if you’re going camping, you can cook your own food, and take a portable cooker. You can save up money for special occasions, or when you’re just a little bit tired and you need a sumptuous breakfast buffet.
Picking the right activities
Traveling up and down the west coast means there are plenty of national parks to take advantage of. If you purchase an America the Beautiful annual pass, you can access some of the state parks as well as all of the national ones for $80. This is all dependent on your itinerary. But there are bigger expenses, like Antelope Canyon or the Grand Canyon, but while these can be quite expensive, approximately $150 per person, it is worth it.
While this may seem like a hefty amount, on a budget, this is very good. The real expense is the food. And it’s worth considering this, especially if you want to get in as many sites as possible.