Although sometimes overlooked, food can be one of the biggest expenses for travellers. Imagine eating out for every meal at home, especially with a family, that would add up- now add on even more for being in an overpriced tourist area. To keep you within your budget, here are a few tips to finding cheaper options.
My first tip isn’t technically finding cheap places to eat… but it will keep costs down. Splurge a little more for a hotel room with a kitchenette. On your way from the airport, stop at a discount grocery store and pick up some breakfast and snack staples. It may be more upfront, but ordering a room service breakfast or going out for brunch everyday will quickly overpass.
If you don’t end up with a kitchenette, you can still avoid expensive hotel meals by finding a local bakery nearby. This is also a great way to start your day and feel like a local. Explore and find a new café each day if possible, you’ll be sure to find some amazing coffees and snacks.
If you find that everywhere near your hotel is still quite pricey, head a little further out to a more local neighbourhood. Not only will the food be cheaper, it will most likely be better too. I would recommend looking up a dedicated food Instagram account for your destination and see where the locals are loving!
When you’re out exploring during the day, you might wind up in a tourist trap with only one overpriced food option. Always keep this possibility in mind and come prepared with some granola bars or trail mix to keep yourself satisfied until you find somewhere cheap and tasty to eat at.
And if you do your research before your trip and find there’s a particular restaurant you really want to splurge on, look on Groupon or Living Social for coupons or sales. If you happen to find one, you can save it offline or print it so that you’ll be able to access it even without cell data.