Food expenses may not attract much attention in your travel plans, but if you don’t set a budget, you can easily overspend. Unfortunately, the cost of eating out has indeed started to increase! But don't think that a limited budget means you will never be able to enjoy delicious food. With a tight budget, it is entirely possible to eat delicious food. Take your carry on backpack and travel! If you are looking for ideas on how to travel and eat cheap things within your holiday budget, check out the following tips:
1. Taste street food
Don't be afraid of street food! It is almost always cheap and the most delicious and unique food ever. Not to mention this is a great way to taste local specialties. Pay attention to long lines, freshly prepared food and clean work areas. These are the local delicacies you must choose.
2. Ask the locals
Tourist traps are usually equivalent to raising prices. Just ask the locals to find out where is the best place to buy cheap and taste food. The staff in the hotel, taxi or Uber drivers or baristas are all good people. They know all the best secrets! At the same time you should pay attention to the local people's diet. There is no doubt that local food is usually the cheapest option and you can save a lot of money when traveling!
3. Hotel breakfast
Be sure to check your accommodation for food that may be included in the reservation. Many hotels, hostels and accommodations provide free breakfast, which is definitely worth taking advantage of! Some hotels also provide afternoon or evening snacks. Hotels usually charge a small fee to organize picnics, pub crawls or other food-related activities, which is a great way to save food and experience local culture.
4. Choose a communal kitchen as your accommodation
Hotels usually provide access to a shared kitchen, and many airbnbs and hotel rooms have a mini kitchen or refrigerator. Having access to the kitchen is a great way to eat cheaply on vacation. You only need to buy basic food at the local grocery store.
5. Avoid restaurants in tourist areas
Shops and restaurants that cater to tourists or are located in the city center or other tourist areas usually have higher prices. Go to a small restaurant outside the city center. They usually have more authentic food and cheaper prices. A menu written in multiple languages or a menu with many pictures may indicate that the restaurant is welcoming tourists and the price may be higher.
6. Prepare snacks
You may be hungry after going out for a while. When you go out, you can buy some snacks and drinks. You can buy some nuts or dried fruits, as they will not mess up or spoil. The hard shell backpack allows you to easily transport snacks or pick up cheap food for future use when sightseeing. In addition, a reusable water bottle can save you a lot of beverage costs.
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