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With T-Mobile and AAA, it’s easier than ever to stay connected and save money while traveling.

Summer is flying by, but there’s still time to hit the road and explore new and favorite destinations. The pandemic forced many Americans to cancel vacations the past couple years, but this summer travel season has been bustling. Following the July Fourth holiday weekend, the U.S. Travel Association reported that domestic leisure travel spending has already surpassed pre-pandemic levels, even when adjusted for inflation.

Those inflation pains and high gas prices haven’t completely kept Americans from getting away. But many may not realize the money-saving steps they can take beyond checking tire pressure, packing snacks, and using an app to compare prices at the pump. I visit my frontline teams in T-Mobile stores and Customer Experience Centers across the U.S., and it’s important that I stay connected, meet new people and appreciate my surroundings. This summer, T-Mobile has some great perks and benefits to help you and your family squeeze in a last-minute road trip (without breaking the bank).

Cash in on provider perks

When looking for travel deals, turn first to companies you already rely on, like T-Mobile and AAA. T-Mobile is crushing travel pain points with our most recent Un-carrier move, Coverage Beyond. The Un-carrier is always looking out for customers, and this one is big! First, we’re giving T-Mobile customers peace of mind with AAA on Us for a full year. Traveling with 24/7 roadside assistance will make your road trip easier, not to mention all the awesome discounts (including T-Mobile) you’ll get with AAA at shops, restaurants, hotels, attractions and more. Plus, our customers can use our T-Mobile Tuesdays app to shave 25 cents off per gallon of Shell gas through the week of Labor Day.

Another fantastic service is T-Mobile’s SyncUP DRIVE, which turns a car into a hotspot on wheels and monitors vehicle health, using AAA as its roadside assistance provider.

Soak up small-town America

Small towns across America are brimming with unique food, fairs and festivities during the summer. While big cities have big draws for obvious reasons, small towns are filled with natural beauty, personality and history.

My frontline teams shared some of their favorite things to do (and eat!) in small towns across the country. Wherever you go, rest assured T-Mobile will help you travel with confidence and stay connected with the most 5G coverage on America’s interstate highways. So, let the kids stream their favorite shows while you navigate to your next stop — without worrying about what shows up on your wireless bill.

Must-do diners: I am a sucker for small diners that have earned big reputations. In Texas, forget regular happy hour when you can have “Pie Happy Hour” at Blue Bonnet Café in Marble Falls. Speaking of pie, King Tut Drive-In in Beckley, West Virginia, is known for its cherry cream version, along with their homemade breads and soups. And folks from our Customer Experience Center in Wichita, Kansas, recommend carbo loading with banana bread French toast at Doo-Dah Diner (a nickname for Wichita).

Favorite small-town festivals: Down in Georgia, be sure to check out the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival Aug. 19-20 in Kennesaw. Besides the tasty food and a barbecue competition, the entire family can enjoy live music and fireworks. And if you are on the West Coast, wine festivals are the thing to do, especially the Aug. 27-28 Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival, which benefits environmental efforts in California.

So, whether your road trip takes you to a few famous diners, festivals, national parks or somewhere else, stay connected and take advantage of awesome summer deals so you can focus on what’s important: having FUN!