How to Save on Food When Traveling
For inexperienced tourists, buying food when they are traveling might be a real problem. In order to not go hungry and to avoid spending a fortune on your meals, you should plan what you will eat in advance.
5-Minute Crafts has a few tips that can help you save on food during a trip.
Plan your food expenses for every day.
When we are on a trip, we usually spend more money than we want to, and food can be one of the biggest expenses. Sometimes, we buy very expensive meals and order something we can’t even eat. In order to save some money, try to make a plan of the food expenses and calculate an approximate amount of money you want to spend on food every day.
Take your snacks with you.
On a trip, especially when you are doing something active, you may find that you suddenly become hungry and thirsty unexpectedly. In order not to eat at the first cafe you see, make sure you always have a snack and a bottle of water with you. During the cold months of the year, you can also bring coffee or tea. Plus, you can always have a picnic outside if it’s warm enough.
Cook your own food when you can.
If you are staying in a house or an apartment with a kitchen then it can be cheaper to cook your own meals. It will take some time, but you can save a lot of money.
If you are staying at a hotel, buy breakfast there.
Many hotels offer their guests the option to book a room with breakfast included, and usually, it’s quite cheap. A lot of hotels have all-you-can-eat buffets where you can really eat a lot of food if you want. Similar breakfasts in a regular cafe can be several times more expensive.
Use discounts for prepared food.
Bakeries, big supermarkets, and some cafes offer discounts for prepared food by the end of the day. You can have a nice meal and save a lot of money.
Don’t neglect fast-food.
Of course, this is not the healthiest food in the world but there are some advantages. Compared to ordinary cafes and restaurants, eating at a fast food place will be faster and much cheaper. Besides, you can always be sure about the quality because big fast-food chains have very good quality control.
Buy business lunches.
In most countries, there are cafes that offer business lunches. They usually include soups, main courses, drinks, and even desserts. Just ask for lunch specials to save money and have a good meal.
Important! Remember that these offers are usually limited in time. So, it’s better to find out when exactly the cafes have the offer on.
Try the local street food.
Local street food is usually cheap, you can eat it while you’re on the move, and you’ll feel really full.
Important! Make sure you’re buying something fresh. It’s better if you can watch it being cooked right in front of your eyes.