We travel to explore the world, to satisfy our souls with different cultural experiences, and food is a major part of it. However, when we travel, budget is an important issue, and more often than not we focus our budget on transportation and accommodation and forget about food. Believe it or not, most of us don’t want to take what we drink. Keeping track of what we spend while traveling can sometimes be awkward, but not knowing how much you spend on food can cause problems in your future travels and plans. Here are some great tips on how to save money on food while traveling:
1. Research, research and studies
In today’s digitally advanced world, where the globe is well connected, everything can be done at the touch of a button. You can do extensive research on Google and compare hotel prices on different travel sites. Also call all the hotels on the list to find out if they give a free breakfast. Free breakfast may vary by country. Where some areas make it simple, others will be widespread. There is a free breakfast after which it will be closed. So make it clear to be there on time. You can also carry in your room a few dry things that you can pack and carry with you as a snack when you go out to visit.
2. Watch for these discounts
Many restaurants and bars offer many offers on weekdays, as the influx of people will be less, and on weekends, when the influx is greater, increase their prices. Also, in many places dinner is the most expensive food of the day, so you can choose restaurants for breakfast or lunch. Stay tuned for the “happy hour” menu and snacks offered at the bars.
3. Choose a hotel with a kitchen in the room
This is good for those traveling for weeks or months. If you choose a room with a kitchen in the hotel where you are waiting, you can cook your own food and save a lot of money. You can use disposable plates and cutlery or carry a reusable one with you. Check with the hotel before booking if the kitchen in the room is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and kitchenware.
4. Local shops and farmers market
You can get the best and freshest produce at low prices at local stores and at the local farmers market. Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as canned food. If you go to the supermarkets, you may end up being able to pay more for the same things. When traveling for a long period of time, you also need to take care of your health, so fresh fruits and vegetables and home-cooked meals are the best choice.
5. Ask the locals
Don’t ask people who hotels direct you to a cheap place to eat, they will in turn send you to a place where they can benefit by directing you. Instead, ask the locals on the street or the taxi drivers who can take you to a cheap place to eat. It is also best to eat where there are colleges, as snack bars near colleges are usually designed for students and the price will be marked down.
6. Learn about discounts
In many places, senior citizens, students, people of military descent, and some professionals, such as firefighters, police officers, teachers, etc., are eligible for a discount that you may not even know about. Ask once is no harm.
7. Check the offers
There are some great sites that offer daily deals and coupons such as Groupon, Yelp Deals, Living Social, etc. that you can use to save money.
8. Drink in moderation
Although many refuse to drink alcohol to save money, moderate alcohol consumption will help you save. Many breweries and wineries offer free samples or may charge minimal fees. Choosing all-inclusive packages on a cruise is a smart idea.
This list of money-saving ideas while traveling will continue next week. We hope this helps in your future travels.