It's beautiful to drive to any destination in your newly bought SUV. But sometimes, that may not be the best way to get around – at least cost-wise.
In this article, we’re going to discuss a number of ways to save on transportation costs when you travel by road.
Feel free to choose the option that best appeals to you.
1. Hop on a two-wheeler
If your travel isn’t taking you too far, then bikes might be a great choice.
It is one of the best ways to ensure you're never spending a dime on transport costs. I know, I know, I know – you think traveling on a bike sounds like a really tedious thing to do. But I wouldn’t say that if I were you. According to various medical reports, riding is great for your health. So, technically, you're saving costs and also staying healthy.
2. Hop on a fuel-efficient four-wheeler
Technically, many cars, buses, and vans fall in the category of fuel-efficient vehicles, but your best bet is a Japanese mini truck. I say that because you are never going to find any vehicle as fuel-efficient as Japanese Kei trucks.
On the one hand, these mini trucks have very small fuel tanks, which means you won’t be spending much to fill up your tank. And on the other hand, they’re built not to demand recurrent refueling. Meaning, you can travel for hours without exhausting your tank or worrying about refueling.
For someone on a land journey, what better way to save cost than to travel in a fuel-efficient vehicle?
I know some people might object to the idea of traveling in a mini truck because, well, it's not 'cute.' If you don't really mind, and your destination is a place you can drive a truck to, then I guess you want to start searching for which Japanese mini truck to buy once you finish reading this post.
3. Take public transport
Perhaps you don’t like the idea of biking or driving a truck to your destination. No problem. Another nice idea is to join a public transport. By public transport, we mean taking buses, trains, subways, and other local transport systems as you cross cities.
Although this might make you reach your destination later than you'd like, you'll have, at least, saved money on transport costs.
4. Travel overnight
If public transportation costs $100 during the day, you can bet you'll find the same for $75 once it's nightfall. And the reason is because night journeys aren't exactly a popular choice amongst travelers.
By and large, the point we're trying to make here is you can always save on a train or bus ticket if you choose overnight routes.
Plus, that would also save you accommodation costs. Since you'll probably be on the bus all night, there won't be a need to worry about paying for a place to rest your head.
5. Research taxi fares
Since you’re traveling by land, it’s more than likely you’ll have to take taxis from one point in your journey to another.
The best way to ensure you don’t end up spending too much is to research the average taxi fares between locations before you leave.
This way, you won’t find yourself paying too much to a driver or missing a chance to bargain with a driver for a lesser fare.
6. Walk whenever you can
It’s free to walk. So, why not try it? Since you’re looking to save on your travel costs, it is definitely a great idea to walk a few meters between locations once you reach your destination.
Say you've arrived at the city's main terminal, and you need to navigate to your final destination. Instead of jumping into a taxi straight away, you might want to walk down a few miles (if you can). Of course, you'll need to have an up-to-date map in hand and also understand the local language enough, in case you need to ask for directions.
7. Take your own car (but don’t speed)
Traveling in your own car is clearly more expensive than any of the options we’ve discussed so far. Still, you can make your journey economical by fixing a few things in the car before you leave.
Call your mechanic to check a few things like the spark plugs, air filters, engine oil, etc. By fixing certain parts and components in your car, you can make it more fuel-economical than it originally was.
While driving, you can also improve your fuel economy by ignoring the urge to overspeed. Although it may seem like you’re covering more miles by running at top speed, overspeeding actually burns more fuel than if you slowed down every 10 miles per hour.