Hey fellow travelers... if you are single or traveling with people who like adventure... my biggest advice on saving money is by not paying for your lodging. As long as you've got a car, you've got a constant bed with you the whole time.
I know a lot of people may be turned off by this thought but believe me you will save so much money in the long run so if money is what is holding you back from traveling, try this as an option. All across the country are nice truck stops, Flying J, Travel Authority, places like this... some are so good they will have loungue to relax in, washing machines/driers, every one of them will at least have a shower room (although you gotta pay to use it) etc. Parked full of cars you probably won't run into problems.
For people who think it's dangerous, I think of it this way. If I am asleep in my bed at home and somebody has broken into my place and wants to hurt me, I am pretty much screwed. However, when I sleep in my car I feel way more secure. I sleep in the drivers seat with the keys in the ignition. If somebody tries to get in, I'll just turn the engine on and run their ass over! How easy is that?
Well just for anyone who wants to travel but your worry is cost, you won't believe how much this will help. And the best perk ever... no wake up call, no alarm... you'll wake up with the sunrise when the light starts to shine in your car. Hey, I'm a skinny hijab wearing Muslim girl, if I can do it,you can! It's just about having basic common sense and street smart and you'll be allright!