For me, food is one of the best parts about traveling. I love finding cool roadside mom and pop restaurants that have been around forever, I love eating at local restaurants, and I love trying new food. However, all of that can add up quickly.
Below are several different ways for you to save money on food on your next vacation:
Visit expensive places during the day for lunch.
If there is an expensive restaurant that you know you want to eat at, then you may want to try visiting it around lunch time instead of at dinner. This way you can pay lunch prices instead of dinner prices which may sometimes be double the price.
Go to happy hour.
Many restaurants have some form of a happy hour, and they can be all throughout the day at different times. Your best bet is to call up different restaurants you are interested in and see when there happy hour is.
You may be able to have a great meal for just a few dollars. You may even be able to score drinks for super cheap as well.
Look for coupons.
There are almost always coupons out there for restaurants. Look in your hotel and see if they offer any coupons. You can also look on Restaurant.com and see if there are any restaurants near where you are visiting that have cheap gift certificates on there.
I can often find $1 or $2 gift certificates that will get me around $25 worth of food. That is CHEAP!
Look for small local restaurants.
Instead of visiting chain restaurants or a restaurant in your hotel, you may want to look into finding a small local restaurant near you. The food will most likely be more authentic, and it will probably taste amazing too!
Go grocery shopping.
I know some people may not like this option, but if you really want to save money on food, then you may want to cook at least some of your meals at home. This does not mean that you do not get to experience the local flavors of wherever you are traveling to.
This just means that maybe for breakfast or lunch, or perhaps just a snack, that you have something on hand in your accommodation so that you are not forced to go out to a restaurant every single time you are hungry.
Some options for quick meals and/or snacks include:
- Sandwiches. If you have a fridge, then you can buy sandwich meat and cheese. If you do not have a fridge then a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is always a yummy idea too.
- Chips. I always have chips on me. They are a great way to have a quick snack that I know I will love.
- Pizza. If you have an oven, then a pizza can be a quick-lunch or dinner idea.
- Oatmeal. This can be a quick and healthy breakfast idea. You can even add blueberries, strawberries and more if you would like.
How do you save money on food when you are traveling on a vacation?
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