Indeed, it is fun to travel to different places in and out of your homeland. You get introduced to a lot of new stuff. One of the fascinating discoveries you gain as you travel is the destination’s food culture! You know, it’s hard to say no to food! Especially if it’s your first time to visit the places you travel to, you’ll get enticed with all the foods they have. With countless food choices and cravings, surely, you’ll find it hard to decide where and what to eat; moreover, you’ll find it hard to save money.
To help you, here are 6 tips for you to be able to save money on those mouth-watering delicacies as you travel!
1st tip: KEEP AN EYE ON DISCOUNTS AND FREE TASTES
Definitely one of the easiest ways to save money on food while traveling is watching out for discounts on food. There could be restaurants offering a markdown on the total bill for 5 persons or more. There could buy one get one gelato along the streets because of a dessert shop’s soft opening. When restaurants and food stalls say they offer a “discount” on your food, make sure they’re really discounts, not hiding behind impractical buying and tricky talking.
Always better than any discount, free food/tastes are not to be declined. There could be a newly opened food stall giving out free food to endorse their product. There could be free food for participants of certain activities, for instance inside a mall or just along the street. Yes, this is “taking advantage” but in a good and mutual way since the sellers are also trying to make you come back and avail.
Discounted and free food might also be offered in the hotel you’re staying in. Some hotel guests are not informed about these because they aren’t announced, so don’t hesitate to ask politely or even jokingly — you never know, they might be serious!
2nd tip: EAT STREET TREATS
Very different from and (for some) sometimes better than luxurious dining, street food is, without a doubt, everyone’s best buddy when talking about food, practicality and fun in one! Every country has unique street food categories in its food culture!
If hotel food and restaurant food give you that wealthy, royal feeling, street food make you feel like a local and not a guest anymore. Eating street foods removes all the barriers of the “who you are” since anyone can eat them, and they’re usually every local’s favorite and go-to in times of budget-saving daily or during travel.
3rd tip: DON’T HOARD IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED BEFORE
One of the most common things that people do wrongly and overlook when it comes to travel and food is this! People think that food might run out or they won’t get satisfied with only a few quantity of food “just in case” they like it. It’s a very wrong strategy since you didn’t consider the case if you don’t like it. Get only one scoop of that weird-sounding flavor that costs a lot, then just get another if you still want to. Don’t hoard a lot of food because if you regret doing so, both money and food will be wasted.
4th tip: SKIP THE USUAL
If you travel to a different place, don’t be afraid to try something different, most especially when it comes to food. Every country has its own “specialty” and famous foods! Pay more attention to them than the common foods you can just buy in your country or beside your house. Choose the limited edition ramen than that bowl of house noodles. If you can’t eat without rice, you can try eating with the special rice type they serve.
If you still buy the food you eat daily at home, you should’ve just brought it from home, don’t you think? Don’t miss the foods the place is known for. Ask locals for suggestions; they know so well! There is nothing wrong eating the usual if you want to eat it, but if you want to maximize your travel experience plus the use of your money, then come on and skip the usual.
5th tip: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOTEL FOOD
There’s a kitchen just within your reach as a traveler — the hotel kitchen! It’s also alright if you don’t go out of your hotel room to look around outside for food. Hotel food is definitely luscious, exclusive for hotel guests and surely expensive; however, you can also take a chance by getting to know their food offers. If you booked a hotel room, make sure to be informed of the inclusions of your booking. If food is included, don’t hesitate to stay in for meal times. You can save a lot with that because you don’t have to pay again for food outside since your hotel food has been already paid. There could also be free treats for hotel guests, so don’t miss them!
6th tip: PAUSE WHEN FULL
This is most self-explanatory tip in this list yet also one of the most unnoticed. You have the tendency to buy and buy food for the sake of the “travel vibe” or for your Instagram-worthy travel photos. Peer pressure may also be one of the reasons. Another is the thought that you won’t come back to that food stall again. If you’re certain that you won’t go back there, you may buy but not too much and have it to-go.
If you keep on buying food while you’re already hungry, you might not be able to eat everything, and you might just waste money. Take a pause, and resume when your tummy’s good again!
TUMMY & MONEY
Traveler, food is life, but you need to be practical and wise if you want to save money on food and spend on other travel activities, consumables and souvenirs. You know, it’s hard to turn down the call of your tummy and your hungry eyes, but be mindful of your budget in your wallet too. Aside from not eating (which no traveler must ever do), those are 6 tips for you to be able to give pleasure not just to your tummy, but also to your money!