There is nothing worse than missing out on all the good food while traveling. A lot of budget-traveling tips would tell you that the best way to save money during your trip is researching what you can buy and allotting money for it. But when it comes to food, even if you Google local specialties, there are tasty looking delicacies that are not even mentioned anywhere online.
So for instance, along with purchasing flight tickets, hotel accommodation, and travel insurance for a trip to Australia or New Zealand, the food costs will definitely eat your remaining budget away. It is basically a struggle to get a good travel experience if you are going to skimp on some of the food.
Thankfully, there is a workaround for this because there are ways to satisfy your cravings without breaking bank. In this article, we will give you a rundown of tips you can use to stay on budget while sampling local cuisine.
Bring snacks while touring
During your travels, the biggest problem is where you can get snacks and drinks while you are out touring the city. And it is not even a full-blown hunger so it would not really merit a trip to a restaurant or a hole-in-the-wall. The best and cheapest way to deal with this is to bring snack for the in-between meals You can either bring trail mix with you, which would be easy if this is a backpacking or road trip travel; if not, you can always go to a convenience store and load up on bars or nuts. As for your drinks, you can save a lot of money if you bring a reusable water bottle with you and just keep filling it up in the hotel or at a restaurant you are going to dine in.
An additional tip: if you have leftovers from the restaurant, make sure you bring it back with you so you can eat it for dinner or breakfast. This will take one meal out of your expenses easily.
Take advantage of the hotel breakfast
Most hotels offer free buffet breakfast during the duration of your stay, so make sure you take advantage of it. Instead of eating just oatmeal or cereal, load up on energy-giving and filling food like protein, bread, fruits, and vegetables. This will help you avoid getting hungry earlier than you would expect. Check your accommodation inclusions as well, because it might come with daily complimentary snacks, bottled water, coffee/tea, or fruit juice. If these are indeed complementary, you can bring them with you just in case you do get hungry, and there is no restaurant nearby.
Some hotels also offer coupons for amusement parks and restaurants, make sure to approach the front desk so you can get them. If your hotel inclusions does not include discounts and coupons, ask them for recommended affordable options instead.
Keep away from the city centre when choosing where to eat
If it is anywhere near a busy city, your food will probably be expensive. What you can do is look for hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving local food, you will definitely get affordable and good quality meals there. And at the same time, you did not waste your food budget on something you can actually eat at home.
Look for accommodation that comes with a kitchen
Another way you can save on food is if you are preparing some of it yourself. When you are grocery shopping, make sure to buy products from local grocery stores instead of big-name chains. You should also consider just buying local ingredients or choose to prepare simple dishes only. In this way, much of your food budget is spent on heavy lunch dishes outside.
See? There is a way for you to enjoy local food without splurging needlessly on other things. Have fun on your food trip!