How to Have the Best Summer Trips

June 24, 2015Kelly Baum
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How to Have the Best Summer Trips
I recently posted about one of my trips so far this summer and I want to share what I’m doing to make these trips the best trips ever. Traveling is an important passion of mine, I think it’s important for us to get out and explore the world around us so any opportunity that I have to travel, I take it! If you can’t tell by the ginormous badge in my sidebar, I recently became a Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador (yay!) and I wanted to share how I’m using the service and my phone, the ZTE ZMAX, for fun and cost-saving summer trips!

How to Have the Best Summer Trips
How gorgeous is this shot? I took this with my ZTE ZMAX which has an 8mp rear facing camera and makes for some decent landscape shots (so long as you don’t zoom too much!). I love to stop and take landscape shots on roadtrips, it makes for a beautiful collection of photos.

So roadtrips are a pretty inexpensive way to get out and see the world, especially if you have a caravan or motorhome that lets you save money on accommodation too. I know that many parents choose this option once they have a few children and stay at the best caravan parks for a family motorhome holiday to keep costs low. However, these kinds of trips can get costly and painful if you don’t plan ahead and take the right road trip tools with you. I’ve already taken two roadtrips this summer, one by myself and one with the family so I have a couple of ways to make the rides more enjoyable and cost-efficient!

How to Have the Best Summer Trips

How to Have the Best Summer Trips

This phone is good pick for long car rides because it’s almost 6 inches in height-crazy! I used the 4G LTE Walmart Family Mobile service to stream movies or play ones I stored on my SD card which is an excellent choice if little ones are in the car, too! Streaming videos is great if you have an extra long ride or you can’t download videos in time for the trip. I even plugged in the aux cord so I could enjoy one or two while I was driving!

WFM is $29.88 a month for the first line and includes up to 1GB of 4G LTE coverage-there’s a lot you a can do with a whole gigabyte! If I wasn’t streaming movies, I had the aux cord plugged in so I could stream some of my favorite tunes. I made a couple of playlists on my favorite music streaming apps and streaming was honestly a better choice because had I bought all that music for a 15 hour roundtrip car ride, it could have easily cost me $30. So by using WFM’s affording coverage instead, I definitely saved some money and got a good variety of songs and movies to stream!

How to Have the Best Summer Trips

Another way I utilized my phone and WFM service during my trips was gas saving apps. Every time we were running low on gas I hopped on an app to search my current location and see what gas station near by had the cheapest gas. This may not seem like the biggest way to save money on a trip, but trust me, $2.50 is a big difference to $3, especially when you have to fill up 50+ gallons roundtrip!

My final way to save is using the camera on the ZTE ZMAX for all your travel pics-if you want great pictures but can’t afford a digital camera, or one for everyone in the car, this is a great alternative and costs no extra money! I took some amazing shots with this phone and you can edit them right there with some free photo editing apps and then upload them right to social media to share with family and friends! Here’s one I took:

How to Have the Best Summer Trips
Also, here’s a travel vlog I created to show you some footage from my latest travels to get you inspired to switch to WFM and get out to see the world!

Click here to learn more about the Walmart Family Mobile service and see what phone is right for you! Here’s a quick rundown of the phones that are currently available and their prices:

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

ZTE Zinger – $29.88 starting
Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
Alcatel Fierce 2 – $99.88 (was $129.99)
Alcatel Evolve 2 – $34.83 (was $59.88)
LG 450- $29.88
Alcatel One Touch Pop Astro- $64.88
LG Leon LTE: $99.82

I picked up my phones at Walmart, which you can find at the Wireless Station in the front of the store, or the electronics section in the back!

There’s a phone and a price for everyone! I hope you got some inspiration for your summer trips. I’d love know, how are you saving to travel this summer?

Thanks for reading,
Kelly xoxo

Comments (6)

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    June 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    This is great! Roadtrips/daytrips are my thing and I’ll have to try out those apps!

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      June 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks, they come highly recommended from me!

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    kenzie negron

    June 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    awesome post! i use the app, GasBuddy to track which gas stations in my town have the lowest prices, its a great app! xx, kenz

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      June 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I use that app, too! Although it keeps telling me gas prices are going up in my area 😀

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    June 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Great tips! I am always looking for new technology. My 4G LTE is always running out on me. I’ll look into the Walmart service!

    Mikayla |

    1. Kelly Baum

      Kelly Baum

      June 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Definitely look into it, and be sure to check out their coverage map to see what it’s like in your area!

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