Travel in general is expensive. Once you add the cost of alcohol and eating at brewpubs and similar establishments, it can be daunting. We’re here to tell you it may not be as expensive as you fear.
1) Motel 6 and Super 8
We arrived at a Comfort Inn, price tag of $105/night. After 10 minutes of driving, we found a very nice Motel 6, price tag of $60/night. Since we were planning to stay two nights, we saved nearly $100 with just a few minutes of research. We cannot stress enough- find affordable lodging. If you are overseas, hostels are usually a good option. Always always check the room before you commit, though. We have encountered some budget accommodation which was definitely gross, but most of them are perfectly fine. Our advice: avoid the fancy pants hotels. Stay cheap.
If you don’t have a significant other who loves alcohol touring, bring a friend! Gas, lodging, and similar expenses can be split. Also, very importantly, you have someone to finish off beer and wine tastings while you drive safely. If you have a number of people you can be in a small space with for hours on end, pile your friends together for a tour!
3) Share meals
You plan to fill up on beer, right? So why buy an entire meal for yourself? Beer is filling- split a meal with your compatriots and fill up on delicious, tasty beer (or wine, or spirits). We have done this for a couple of years and it dramatically reduces our costs.
4) Drink in
It is tempting to have a night out on the town with delicious beer, wine, spirits, etc. As much as possible, though, get your booze to go. Get a growler, buy some bottles of wine, and enjoy them back in your motel room. You can still experience the pleasure of the drink you have purchased, for a substantially reduced cost.
5) Eat Out Less
We eat no more than two meals out a day, sometimes only one. If you stay at a motel that offers breakfast, take advantage of that and skip lunch. If you plan to have lunch and dinner, don’t eat out for breakfast. If you are staying in a hostel, shop at the grocery and cook your own food. When you do eat out, takeways and fish and chip shops (overseas) and pizza and pubs (at home) provide good food for low cost.
6) Build Delicious Flights
Many places have set beer or wine tastings, which may include drinks you don’t enjoy. Instead, try and build your own. That won’t waste any beer or wine (our IPA taste glasses often remain mostly full) and will give you the best experience possible.
Alcohol touring, like any travel, has associated expenses. Being smart with your money, travelling with friends, and keeping it simple will help to keep those expenses handle-able, so you can enjoy more alcohol locales!