plaza in Italy filled with cafes and tourists
Tips For Spending Less On Food When Traveling
By bringing your own reusable water bottle with you when you travel, you’ll save a lot of money as disposable plastic bottles are frequently price-gouged, particularly in places where there are a lot of tourists. Not having to shell out money every time you're thirsty will save you a lot in the long run.
Reusable Water Bottles
It's tempting to treat yourself to dining out for three meals a day when traveling, but costs add up quickly — cut that amount in half by preparing food yourself and perhaps dining out only once per day. Lunch is typically cheaper than dinner, and if the meal is big enough, it can also be split into a dinner portion.
Don't Always Dine Out
If your hotel offers free breakfast, take advantage of it. Beyond the financial ramifications, breakfast alleviates natural dehydration, refuels your body with nutrients, and increases your brain power for the day. Searching for a hotel with one is a great way to offset food costs.
Always Eat Breakfast
Asking about the house wine or beer is one way to get to know the wine from where you are, but it's also an easy way to lower your overall food spending. Not only can the house wines be cheaper (ask to see the whole menu though, to be sure), they can also have fascinating backgrounds and may inspire your travel stories.
House Wine and Beers
Do a grocery store visit early in your trip to stock up on some simple ingredients, as cooking your own meals or buying grab-and-go options from the store will be a fraction of the cost of dining out. Try out some local recipes, and then you won't feel like you're missing out by not eating in restaurants the whole time.
Make Your Own Meals