Travelling can be an expensive business, and the more you save on food the more you can spend on wonderful excursions and really SEEING the country you have visited. Obviously you don’t want to buy food so cheap you end up using your trip insurance and ending up with nasty stomach pains, but there are a few small things you can do to save money while eating in a foreign country.
Although it may seem daunting to take on a task like going to an unknown country and cooking your own food, there are a few things that are staples in any area of the world, which you can cook and know you have cooked safely; things like rice, noodles, and potato are pretty much a given in any part of the world. If you do wish to be adventurous with something you have found in the supermarket, make sure you use a search engine to find the cooking instructions in your language, just to avoid any minor culinary disasters!
Eat local foods
You will find most countries local foods derive from the ingredients that were available to indigenous people way back when. Therefore, the local foods will all be sourced from local ingredients, and will be a lot cheaper. For example, a Thai green curry in Thailand will set you back under HALF of what an American beef-burger does. Why not get really involved in the culture and try something new? Look up what the local cuisine is before you go and ask for this in the restaurants you go to. Not only will you impress the locals with your knowledge of their cuisine, you might even find something you like!
Try and find eateries or vendors that are not in the ‘main’ tourist area
The price of food in some countries can go down literally by half just by walking a few hundred yards. If your destination has a ‘strip’ you will soon realize that all of the places on it hike their prices up because they know it will attract tourists. You can easily save money by walking a bit further and finding somewhere on the back streets. Chances are this will also be less busy, and therefore cleaner to eat in. The best way to find out such information is by asking your hotel staff, or befriending a person behind the bar for example. It’s usually where the locals go that the food is more authentic, and often cheaper too.
Find a hotel with a breakfast buffet
Wherever you go, be it hot or cold, you are usually far too busy on holiday having fun to worry about lunch. If you book a hotel with an all you can eat breakfast buffet, you won’t need to dip into your spending money and will probably be full until dinner, giving you plenty of fuel to get you through the day.
Being a little clever with your nutrition needs will not only keep money in your pocket, but you can also truly experience the destination you’re visiting, not only through sights and sounds, but through taste too.
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