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How to Save Money on Food While Traveling

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

... But don't worry! There are plenty of ways to save money on food while traveling, so even if you're not planning on splurging on fancy restaurants and hotel

Look for coupons!

Coupons are a great way to save money on food while traveling. You can find coupons online, in newspapers, magazines, and the grocery store. They're also often available at drugstores and other retail outlets.

Many companies offer coupons on their websites that you can download directly onto your phone or computer so you don't have to carry around paper copies of them with you.

Take advantage of hotel breakfasts.

You’re already paying for the hotel room, so you might as well take advantage of their breakfast. Many hotels offer free breakfasts to their guests, or at least include it in the price of the room. If they don’t offer it free, it will often be quite affordable—we recently stayed at a hotel that cost $30 per night and offered a buffet breakfast for just $7!

Breakfast buffets are also good opportunities to try local foods that may be harder to find during your travels around town. Buffet restaurants (especially those in hotels) tend to have large selections of items that were prepared in advance and kept warm under heat lamps or other warming devices; this makes them easier on wait staff who are working during busy times like rush hour traffic jams during rush hour traffic jams on roads with lots of cars but little space between them so you can't really get away from all those cars even if you wanted too because there's probably another one coming up right behind yours anyway

Grab a picnic lunch.

"Picnic lunch" is simply a fancy term for a meal that you prepare at home and take with you when going on a trip or hike. It's the perfect way to avoid spending money on expensive food while traveling, and also ensures that you'll be eating healthy foods instead of fast food or junk food.

Here are some tips for packing a picnic:

  • Pack food in reusable containers like mason jars, glass storage containers, stainless steel lunch boxes, and even tin cans (just make sure they're clean!). Or if none of these things are available to you then just use what's handy—zip-top bags and plastic wrap work too!
  • Prepare meals ahead of time so they're ready when it’s time to leave home. This means washing dishes before going out so there aren't any dishes left behind while traveling. Plus it saves energy because there won't be any unnecessary energy consumption needed by running water while preparing meals at home either! Just remember not so much as fill up your refrigerator full before leaving; otherwise how would anything else fit?"

Don't eat out every night.

Eating out is expensive. It's a fact, but that doesn't mean you have to give up the deliciousness of a restaurant meal when you're traveling. Just make sure that you pick the right places to eat at, and don't order anything too fancy.

If you're looking for something more affordable than eating at home every night, try cooking while on vacation. There are plenty of ways to create tasty meals without breaking the bank: buy ingredients from local markets or farmer's markets; look up recipes online; check out what grocery stores sell cheap foods (e.g., breads, fruits) because those can be transformed into simple yet filling meals; find restaurants with set menus where everything comes together in one dish; use your hotel room's kitchenette/fridge/microwave if available (make sure not everyone else staying there has access as well).

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Eating out isn't necessarily bad—it just depends on how much money each person wants or needs to spend! Cooking at home might seem boring after having tried new foods abroad; but if it means saving some cash for other parts of your trip (or even just one last splurge), then maybe consider making like Rachel Ray when she visits her hometown: "I love home cooking!"

Eat at local restaurants.

If you're a tourist, eating at local restaurants may seem like an intimidating prospect. But while it's true that some international travelers have been disappointed by the food they've eaten abroad, it isn't because of the quality or safety of what they ate. It's because they went to the wrong place—and if you follow this simple rule, you can avoid that problem: eat where locals eat.

The more popular a restaurant is with locals, the better your chances are of having an authentic experience—and if a restaurant is popular enough to be packed with locals every night, it probably serves delicious food for very little money. The same goes for street food; just look for carts or stands being frequented by people who look like they know what they're doing!

Even if none of your friends have ever tried Ethiopian cuisine before (which happens more often than one might expect), just go ahead and try it anyway—you'll never know unless you give something new a chance!

There are many ways to save money on food while traveling!

There are many ways to save money on food while traveling!

  • Look for coupons. If you have a coupon in hand, you can almost always get a good deal at restaurants. In addition, if your hotel offers it, take advantage of their breakfast buffet. It's not just for kids—it's a great way to save money on breakfast when on vacation.
  • Grab a picnic lunch. Finding healthy foods that travel well is easy if you're willing to pack them yourself and head out into nature or even just find somewhere quiet with free WiFi outside of town where no one can see what horrible things are inside the bag they're carrying around (like processed cheese food). Then come back home and eat everything at once, because you packed so much food that one meal isn't going to be enough!
  • Don't eat out every night—or morning or afternoon or evening or anytime during the day specifically labeled by most calendars as "not prime time" but rather "anytime at all", aka whenever possible without any regard whatsoever towards other people's schedules needs because who has time for social interaction anyway? That sounds exhausting!


We hope that these tips help you save money on food while traveling! With proper planning and a little creativity, you can keep your budget in check while still enjoying the local cuisine.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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