When I don’t set aside a budget for food, I can unconsciously end up spending a lot. It usually happens more when I travel with someone else than when I travel solo. When traveling with someone else, one person or the other might want to eat out several times a day and that leads to spending more money than necessary.
One way to remedy this is to budget! Here are some tips:
Stay at a place with complimentary breakfast. When I visited New Orleans for a week, I booked an Airbnb that served complimentary breakfast every morning from 8am-11am, This helped save me a couple bucks every day. I am not much of a breakfast eater but it was nice to have coffee, orange juice, pastries and cereal if I was hungry.
Eat lunch out instead of dinner. You may have noticed, dinner is considerably more expensive to eat out than lunch. So if you want a taste of the local cuisine, I suggest eating lunch at a local hotspot. Cut costs further by sharing your entree and appetizer.
Limit the number of times you eat out. If you make it a goal to eat out only once a day or less, I promise you will save a lot of money in the long run. Instead, you can visit the local supermarket and buy an assortment of foods to enjoy at the local park or beach.
Cook your own meals. Make sure you get a place that has a kitchen so you can cook your own food. Visit the supermarket to get the groceries you usually buy and make at home. Save money on snacks by stocking up on chips, granola bars, and dried fruit. Keep a handy supply with you while sightseeing to prevent you from paying higher prices on snacks at gift shops and tourist locations.
What other tips do you have to save on food expenses while traveling? Let me know in the comments below!