You are on vacation in some foreign place, and your stomach starts growling because it is time to eat, however you look at your wallet and realize you don’t have much money left, so what should you do? Some people underestimate on how much food can cost you when travelling abroad. Therefore it is critical to ensure you budget yourself so that you have enough money for your food and drinks! Here are some great tips for budget travel on how to save tons of money on food.
Tip 1.) Eat at the local establishments and not at the hotels or fancy restaurants
One big money saving tip for food and beverages, is to eat at the local establishments, instead of at the hotels or fancy restaurants. Eating at hotels and fancy restaurants, typically are very expensive, and limited with choice and portions. By eating where the locals are eating, you will be guaranteed to have the most authentic culinary experience, along with the most affordable prices. This is very true when you travel to Asia, where you will probably get the best food at cheap prices at the street stall food vendors and “mom and pop” restaurants.
Tip 2.) For alcoholic beverages, drink at bars and pubs during happy hours
Many times if you go to the bars and pubs at the happy hour timings, you will get substantial discounts on your alcoholic drinks. Such perks include discounts on drinks, and even one for one drinks, which means buy one drink and get the other for free. Typical happy hour timings happen around lunch time, and also around the rush hour time after work, which is about 5:00pm until 8:00pm (depending on which city you are visiting). This is also a great way to mingle around with the locals.
Tip 3.) Cook your own meals
If you are staying at a place that has a kitchen facility for you to do your own cooking, then buying groceries and cooking your own meals maybe an option for you. Buying your groceries can definitely save you a lot of money, and also is a great way to experience the local fresh produce markets, and grocery stores.
Traveling is an excellent opportunity to sample different foods from different countries. It is a great way to experience cultures from different places of the world. By following these simple budget travel tips, you will be able to save tons of money on food and drinks, and also be able to have a more authentic travel experience.
Alec Chan is a travel writer who has travelled all around Asia for the past 8 years, and has developed powerful strategies on how to get the best deals in all his travel destinations. He constantly delivers informative, accurate, and insightful travel information through his travel blog alectravelguide.com.