Well, it’s officially summer. And if you’re like me, that means it’s time for a road trip or two! Road trips are fun and easy vacation ideas that can be cheaper than other vacations. Emphasis on “can.”

If you’re not careful, road trips can sneak up on you and suddenly become very expensive. But there are plenty of things you can do before your trip to make sure you don’t spend too much money. Follow these simple tips to make sure you get the best bang for the least buck on your next road trip.

BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS

This is like Road Trip 101 right here. It’s so easy to grab some chips and a soda every time you stop to get gas or hit the bathroom. But those little $5-$10 charges can add up quickly. Be smart! Pack a bunch of snacks beforehand and keep them nearby in the car. You can even bring a cooler and keep fresh, healthy snacks like veggies, hummus, fresh fruit, etc.

MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS READY FOR THE TRIP

The last thing you want to happen on a road trip is car trouble. So take your car to your favorite mechanic and get a basic “pre-road-trip” inspection. Also be sure to check that your tires a properly inflated before and during the trip. And don’t forget a roadside emergency kit!

TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Sure, you could take the same route that everyone else is taking. But it’s highly possible you’ll run into toll fees, higher gas prices, and more expensive daily expenses and lodging. But if you take some of the backroads, not only will you expose yourself to beautiful scenery, you’ll also end up saving money.

STAY LIKE A LOCAL

When you get to your destination, skip the high-priced hotels and instead find your lodging through home-sharing platforms like Airbnb. Not only is it easier to find cheaper rates, but they automatically come with a local guide! Most hosts are happy to give tips and suggestions on enjoying their city the best way possible.

BUDGET AND MAKE A PLAN!

This is huge. As fun as it can be to just hit the road with no plan or specific destination in mind, planning ahead and setting a daily budget can be huge. Road trips will be fun and cleanse the soul regardless. So be smart and make a plan in advance to make sure you don’t spend too much money and regret the trip by the time it’s done.

TAKE IN FREE ATTRACTIONS

The best part of any good road trip is the scenery. No matter where you’re starting or where you’re going, there is going to be some absolutely beautiful sights along the way. So make sure to take the time to pull the car over and take it all in. Trust me, your soul will thank you later.

And that’s it, folks. Just follow these six simple tips on your next road trip to maximize your enjoyment without breaking the bank. And don’t forget to roll the windows down and feel the breeze every now and again!