4 Ways to Save on an Outdoor Adventure

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The great outdoors has the power to heal. Being with nature gives you a new appreciation for earth’s resources, bonds you with your trip companions, and gives you a much needed break from city life. These reasons, and many more, are why you want to take a nature based vacation.

With so much to do and explore, sometimes it can be difficult to pick the right outdoorsy activity. Use our guide as a starting point to plan for this vacation.

Initial Preparations

Establish a budget for the trip. Your goal is to not spend too much on the outdoor vacation, but you want to set a realistic goal. You may only spend $10 a day, but you definitely want to at least set a budget that includes $20 a day, for unexpected emergencies or luxury splurges.

Based the budget on travel expenses–location, activity, gear, and food costs. Next, write a list of who to invite on the trip. Is this a solo adventure? Family trip? Or a friends getaway? Whatever the occasion, give all invited guests enough time to prepare as well, so tell them about the trip at least two weeks in advance, if not more.

Buy supplies. Aim to only buy new supplies if necessary. Otherwise, buy used supplies or rent them; borrow from friends when it is an available option. At discount sports goods stores, use coupons to reduce your bill even more, especially at Clymb, Amazon, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Pick a Location

Decide whether the activities or location is the most important part of the trip. If location gets priority, research cheap outdoor activities in intended location. For activity, consider using a park.

There are over 400 national parks in the United States and thousands globally. You only have to pay a small fee to gain access to the park’s camping ground and free recreational activities, such as hiking and swimming. Farms are another inexpensive family outdoor vacation option. You get to experience farming life up close and personal, usually for less than $200 per day. Use Farm Stay Us to find local options.

Renting a Car

Most outdoor adventures require transportation to the location. Save a little on traveling costs by renting a vehicle. Check sites like Enterprise for daily deals. These deals are posted directly on the site, or through a third party site like Groupon. In addition to using weekly or daily deals, rent a small car.

Go for the cheapest available option, especially if not many people are going on the trip. Most likely, others will be trying to rent a similar car, which could mean a free vehicle upgrade.

Skip extra car features. Bring your own, such as a child car seat and GPS system. When returning the car, have a salesperson inspect the car in front of you, and then sign an agreement saying you returned it without damages. Also fill the car’s tank up before driving the car back to the dealership. Use GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas options in your area.  

Pick an Activity

Use daily deal sites, like Groupon, to find deals on outdoor adventure packages. The discount sports apparel shop Clymb, also offers adventure deals. These deals are affordable and ideal if the departure and arrival dates don’t matter.