One of the best budget travel tip that I ever learned was to skip the restaurants and head to the grocery store to save money while on vacation. The three biggest travel expenses people face while on vacation are typically the transportation to the location, where you will sleep, and the cost of food while you are there. Food can quickly burn a hole through your pocket when you are on vacation or traveling for business if you are not careful. But, there are several ways that you can save money on the cost of your food bill while still enjoying yourself while you travel. You may even be able to experience something unique in the process.
Skipping Eating Out At Restaurants
Just like when you are at home, not eating at restaurants is a great way to save money while you are traveling on a budget. Traveling is expensive no matter how you cut it, but you can save a lot of money when you do not eat at restaurants during your trip. Stay in at your hotel room and eat there. You may be able to find a room with a kitchenette that is not much more expensive than a regular hotel room. If you are going to be there for a while, you may even want to consider a long-term extended stay hotel where you can find a lot of savings on food and other everyday expenses.
Experience The Locals At The Grocery Store
Do you want to be the typical tourist and visit the city’s sites like everyone else? Or, do you want to try and find out what it is truly like to be a citizen of that city or even that country if you are abroad. Going to the local grocery store makes you explore your surrounding area. This may be an even bigger deal when you travel overseas. I know that there have been times when I have been a tourist but could have gotten so much more out of the experience if I had just tried to act a little more like a local instead of an actual traditional tourist. I would have gotten so much more out of the experience in addition to saving money at the same time.
Bring Your Food From Home
You may even want to consider simply bringing your food with you from home if you are able to do so. Of course this will not work if you are flying to your vacation destination. But, if you are driving to the beach, for example, then bringing food from your own refrigerator can help you save a bundle. This is a very simple way to help you save money while you are traveling.
Going to the grocery store and not eating out in restaurants can help you save a fortune while you are traveling, and it may also open up some unique opportunities as well. Shopping where locals shop or even going to the local grocery store can be a great experience that you will remember forever making your trip that much more enriching.
Have you ever done things like this? What is your best way to save money on food while traveling?
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