Jerry Caldwell shares his top ten tips on exploring Alaska on a budget including how to save on food, fuel, camping, internet, and more. Get your coupon book!
This article is the culmination of everything we learned on how to take a truck camping trip to Alaska on a budget. It is our hope that others are inspired to follow in our tire tracks and enjoy the wonders of Alaska, without breaking the bank. It is possible to go to Alaska on a budget. Here’s how we did it; budget tips, destinations, and more.
Above: Jerry and Reta Caldwell and their 2005 Lance 1181 and 2003 Dodge 3500
Budget Tip 1: Get the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book
We must give credit for part of these savings to the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book. This coupon book contains a variety of buy-one get-one free coupon deals for tours and attractions throughout Alaska. Based upon positive feedback from others, we purchased one early on at Safeway in North Pole, Alaska.
In June of 2012, the cost for the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book was $100. You can also purchase the Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Book online. We saved more than enough on one of the glacier trips to pay for the coupon book.
Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Example A
We used a coupon from the Alaska Tour Saver coupon book to take a riverboat trip on the Chena River and a raft trip on the Kenai River. Both trips were well worth the money and, on the raft trip, we had a close encounter with a grizzly bear. That was not necessarily a good thing.
Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Example B
We also used the the coupon book for the Major Marine Fjords Tour, which was great and the food on the trip was excellent and well worth the money. We saw glaciers, icebergs, and whales breeching. In my opinion that was the best value excursion we went on. The length of the tour was seven and a half hours long.
Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Example C
While in Fairbanks, we enjoyed the Discovery Riverboat Tour on the Chena River. While in the gift shop there, we met Lance Mackey, four-time Iditarod winner. Mackey is the only person that has won both the Iditarod (1,049 miles) and the Yukon Quest (1,000 miles) in the same year, and he has accomplished this feat twice. By the way, the Riverboat tour is also in the tour saver coupon book.
Above: On the drive from Homer to Seward along Cook’s Inlet
Alaska Tour Saver Coupon Example D
In Seward, we used another one of our Tour Saver coupons to visit the Alaska Sea Life Center. Exit Glacier (that’s the name of the glacier) is a short drive outside Seward and well worth the stop. You can walk right up to Exit Glacier and there is no charge. We also enjoyed the drive from Homer to Seward along Cook’s Inlet. This gave us a good view of the beauty across the inlet.