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Ways to save on food costs when traveling

Posted December 8, 2016


Are you traveling for the holidays? Or are you starting to plan your summer vacation now? Here are 7 ways to save on meal costs while on the road.

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7 Easy Ways to Save on Food While Traveling

1. Do Your Research

A few quick entries into your search engine can aid immensely with saving money during travel, both abroad and domestic. Particularly Yelp, Urbanspoon, TripAdvisor, Zagat, and LocalEats allow users to list restaurants and eateries within a specific price range. Applications like these not only display customer reviews, but also suggest popular local restaurants and their prices. Planning ahead will allow you to find the best food for the best prices. Researching local restaurants also saves time while traveling, so you can eliminate concern over where to eat.

2. Think About Where You Are Staying

Hotels make it difficult to save money on food. Though many include continental breakfasts, most hotel meals are not included and are often pricey. Additionally, with the lack of kitchen amenities, hotels are not particularly conducive to home cooking. With the rise of Airbnb, renting apartments or homes across the globe has become almost effortless and quite affordable. With the addition of a refrigerator, stove, oven, or microwave, your cooking possibilities proliferate. Instead of paying for three restaurant meals a day, find a place with a suitable kitchen and cook one to two meals at home. Meals such as breakfast are quick and easy to make, even with just a microwave or stove top. Storing inexpensive staples like oatmeal, yogurt, or cereal saves a considerable amount of money. Especially while traveling abroad, grocery store prices are significantly lower than those of restaurants, particularly when currency exchange is set against you.

3. Limit Your Meals Out

Just because you are on vacation does not mean that you must dine out every chance you get. As stated above, it is quite easy to cook meals if you are renting an apartment or house. Spending less money on restaurants will allow you to spend more on places you would like to see while traveling. Of course, dining out is a pleasurable experience,....... To read the rest of the article, head to www.Stretcher.com HERE.


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 9, 2016

    Kathy S. - those are excellent ideas! Thanks for posting them!

  • Kathy S. Dec 8, 2016

    I travel usually using skyauction certificates. They allow me to rent condos with full kitchens. Crockpots are also great for traveling. You can cook a whole meal in a crockpot. Rotisserie chicken from local grocery store is great also. A side of salad or can of soup and you are good for a meal or two.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 8, 2016

    FlyingUnderTheRadar - great suggestions! Thank you for posting them. I totally agree about packing the snacks and drinks to save tons of money. And I fill up on the free breakfast (especially the proteins so I stay full) and only need a light lunch. Thanks again for sharing!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Dec 8, 2016

    Great article!

    We often stay at hotels that provide breakfast and have micro/fridge in room. I pack a cooler with sandwich fixings,,lettuce & dressing, cheese, saltines & salami, wine, beer, yogurt, oranges, energy bars (items easy to transport), ziplock bags, plastic cutlery. If I'm really energetic I will cook some chicken legs or small steaks the day before that can be reheated.

    We will go out one or two times to local unique spots that are memorable.