Not a camper either.
We like to travel and we've driven cross country three times. It is a challenge with three children but we do have a few things that we try.
-If we stay at a motel we sometimes stay at ones that provide a continental breakfast. These range in quality but many times they have fruit, yogurt and other items that you can take with you after you've eaten breakfast.
-We like to try and sample local cuisine so we plan on eating out one meal a day. The rest of the time we picnic or bring our own food and drinks.
-If you drive-we got a credit card that gave us bonuses in the form of gas purchase credit. We never ever carry a balance on our cards but at least this way we get something for the money we are spending.
-We've done great on priceline for hotel rooms. Once we got a four star hotel in an expensive major city for fifty bucks. Also we've gotten really cheap rates for motels/hotels that might not have been in the center of the action but there is usually free transportation provided.
-My AAA has paid for itself already this year. They set up trip ticks for you with maps and huge booklest listing AAA approved hotels/motels. We've also broken down a few times. We broke down in Canada once and the AAA came and was covered by our plan in the states. Their books also include what each motel offers in amenities. But I have found that the AAA isn't always the cheapest rate you can find for hotels/motels.
-We have the museum membership that is affiliated with other museums around the country. I think they pay for themselves in about two visits for a family.
--We enjoy the free stuff. Parks, ethnic neighborhoods, riding public transportation all adds up to free fun for us.
--We buy a local paper to see what free stuff is going on while we are there.
Hope some of this helps. I'm sure I'm forgetting something but I'll post it if it does come back to me.