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5 Tips for Saving Money on the Road

Ah, the open road.
Ah, the open road.
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"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" asks Carlos in chapter three of Jack Kerouac's breathless adulation of the road trip, "On The Road." The book's answer is everywhere and anywhere, from New York to L.A. to the deep South to South of the Border to Des Moines, where, in Kerouac's opinion, lived the prettiest girls in the world. And always, "burn, burn, burning like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."

Not only did Kerouac's characters travel fast and far, but they traveled cheap, mostly via hitchhiking and other not-to-be-recommended, dirt-bag shenanigans. In this day and age, the cost-saving strategies of "On the Road" would be offset by the high costs of emergency room visits and astronomical interest rates on bail bonds.

So instead of using "On the Road" as a road-trip budget guide, how about following our top 5 cost-saving tips to ensure that when you "lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies" you pay like a dirt bag but travel like a prince [source: Kerouac]?