Affordable Motorcycle Travel: Lodging on the Cheap

There’s nothing quite like the open road when planning your next motorcycle trip. Motorcycle travel is definitely an affordable method transportation, but even the most budget-conscious out there may have difficulty fitting affordable lodging into the journey. 

To save money on food, gas, and entertainment, you’ll have to cut back on where you sleep at night. Check out these affordable options:

Connecting with a Host

In a similar way to Airbnb, you can locate people near you willing to host you for an evening. 

  • Check out CouchSurfing.com, a free database of people that hosts other people to sleep on their sofa. 
  • If you would like to stay with a fellow motorcyclist, check out Motorcycle Travel Network – an international network of riders that welcomes other riders to stay with them inside their homes. This is an ideal way to network with others who have similar interests. You have to pay a yearly membership, so it’s best for frequent travelers. At last check, the cost was $15 per person or $20 per couple for the night. 

Going Camping

For the best in money-saving options, hit a campground for the night for about $30 to pitch a tent. Plus, you can have a campfire and enjoy some s’mores at the same time. Purchase a blow-up mattress and a small foldable tent. You’ll get a good night’s rest while camping for a fraction of the price of the expensive hotel around the corner.  

Just remember, not all campgrounds welcome motorcyclists with open arms, due to the noise. Here is a link for a map of motorcycle-friendly campgrounds, cabins, parks and bed and breakfasts around the USA. You may even be able to get a free campsite for yourself. Camping is free in the United States in the National Forest and on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. You just have to stay 200 feet off the roadway and don’t stay in areas where there are “no camping” signs. 

Staying in Hotels/Motels

The most traditional option while sleeping on the road is at a motel or hotel. Do your research to scope out the cheapest accommodations beforehand. Head to Road Trip America for the most affordable lodging along your route, plus some advice on cheap eats. When checking in, ask the clerk for the best discount they have, which could range from AAA to AARP to AMA. Ask for an upgrade if staying at a hotel. Hotels want to put heads in beds, and will often work with you to fill their empty rooms. Did you know you can haggle the price of the room? Can’t hurt to try and you may get a pretty sweet room out of it. 

Shipping Your Motorcycle

One last way to save on a one-way road trip is to ship your motorcycle back to your home, allowing you to extend your vacation and give your bike a rest. Be wise about the lodging you select when traveling by motorcycle. We are here to help with affordable prices for motorcycle transport, so call AA Motorcycle Shipping today!

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