Smarter Travels: Five Ways to Save on Food While Traveling
“Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just a dish. That is what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy”-Alice Waters
Planning on a holiday excursion or a vacation itself is already costly by itself. The airfare, accommodations and everything else could really add up, and if you are not careful, you might go way beyond your intended budget. In this regard, some people would blow most of their travel expenses on luxury hotels and lavish activities but would choose to scrimp on food. However, are frequent travelers really destined for this kind of existence? To enjoy as much of the foreign activities as they can but compromise when it comes to getting their daily sustenance by living on the cheapest food items they can find? Well, we hardly think so. You might be surprised, but you do not actually have to forage for food. It is actually very much possible to eat heartily and even indulge yourself a little without going overboard with your spending. However, you do need to be a little creative when it comes to exploring where to eat. Moreover, you also need to be patient seeing as part of the time would require you to visit local markets and gather ingredients on your own.
In any case, if you are willing to create an eating plan that would undoubtedly include buying provisions in marketplaces and grocery stores, you can definitely make use of the tips below. Whether you are planning to visit Pampanga in the Philippines or elsewhere, you can definitely eat well and potentially save up by a lot with the tips listed down below:
1.) Opt to shop for foodstuffs in supermarkets
If you are on a tight budget, shop for food items at small groceries, farmer’s markets or even drugs stores with pantry aisles. You can really save a lot of money on food this way, and a satisfactory meal would not set you back by a lot.
2.) Bring your own utensils and do not purchase food items that require special tools to open
Ensure that you bring your own utensils from home with you to save up on disposable ones you would inevitably have to buy if you wish to eat grocery food. Furthermore, choose food items that would not require a special tool just to open. Look for canned items that have flip-top lids and do not buy wines unless you have a Swiss knife with you at all times.
3.) Carry small Ziploc bags
If your room comes with a fridge and a microwave, do not waste any leftovers and bring them with you back to your hotel. Apart from asking restaurant staff to pack them for you, you can simply do it yourself by placing them in Ziploc bags which prevents leakage more effectively.
4.) Be smart when ordering
While eating at a foreign place may seem overwhelming, do remember to be realistic. Only order food that you are sure to consume and order them in small quantities so that you can sample a variety of local food.
5.) Visit small bakeries and markets late in the day
In the late afternoon, many bakeshops tend to sell their baked goods at discounted prices in an attempt to recoup expenses before throwing these items out. In this way, they can ensure their consumers that the bread they sell is indeed fresh. With this in mind, the best time to visit and buy baked goods is in the late afternoon. So, be sure to pop in and have some of those rolls safely secured in a Ziploc bag. With that, you already have breakfast for the next day covered.