Food can be a big expense when traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. While sampling the local cuisine is part of the cultural experience in every country, you don’t have to break the bank eating out. Here are some of our top tips to save money on food while traveling.
1. Grocery Shop
This is the number one way to save money on food. The markup on food purchased in restaurants is much higher than many assume, and over time can drain a travelers savings. After a few months of eating out, we started to grocery shop to save money. Once we committed to this approach, the monetary difference was outstanding.
On average, we save over $350 per month by eating food from the grocery store instead of going out to eat.. If you can stay somewhere with a fridge and working kitchen, groceries will save the most money on food.
2. Eat Like a Local
In every city there is an area, a street, or a neighborhood that is a ‘tourist trap’. The food costs more, souvenirs are priced higher, and at times even metro tickets are marked up. When exploring a new place, do some research to find out where the locals eat and shop, then make your way there. Not only will you save some money, but you’ll also get a more authentic experience.
3. Share Meals
If you’re traveling with a friend or significant other, sharing meals can bring huge cost savings. Many times a large meal will cost less than two smaller meals, so start with that and if you’re still hungry you can always buy more food. More often than not, food portions are large enough to share, and this way no food goes to waste.
4. Look for Deals
Signs that say “two for one” are a travelers best friend. For that matter, any food place that is advertising a deal is a good place to check out. It’s always worth asking if a restaurant or shop has any promotions going on and to keep an eye out for signs that scream ‘sale’.
5. Snack Efficiently
Everyone likes snacks, and snacks are a great way to eat smaller portions at meal time. However, the type of snack you choose matters. Some snacks will leave you content until dinner, and some snacks will have you just as hungry as when you started eating. The trick is to buy filling snacks like cheeses, yogurts, and peanut butter. Steer away from candy and snacks that only fill you up if you consume large quantities. This approach will save your wallet and your waistline!
Whether you’re on a tight budget or just want to save a bit of extra money, utilizing these tips can help a huge amount. What are your favorite cost saving tips for travel?