Traveling on a budget? With a little planning, you can save money on meals and treat yourself to new experiences — the best of both worlds.
- A room with a kitchen. If possible, find accommodations with a kitchenette or access to kitchen facilities. AirBnB has plenty of options, as do some hotels and most youth hostels. While it might cost a few more dollars for the room, the meal prep savings will outweigh the higher price.
- Find your local grocer. Buying food and cooking your own meals is less expensive than eating out, and shopping in foreign grocery stores is a fun way to learn more about the city you’re visiting (and maybe practice the language in line at checkout). Win-win. Bonus: farmers’ markets.
- Ask a local. Do enjoy meals at local restaurants; don’t head for the first, flashiest place you see. Instead, ask for a recommendation from someone who lives there, and chances are you’ll find find a tried-and-true favorite within your budget
- Mix your own drinks. Bar tabs can add up. If you fancy a drink, save money and buy your own booze while you’re stocking up on groceries. Check the local liquor laws and, if it’s allowed, pack a bottle of wine and plan a picnic at your favorite scenic overlook.
- Don’t be afraid of fast food. Sure, it’s McDonalds (or Subway or any other ubiquitous fast-food brand). But many international fast-food eateries offer country or region-specific food (always fun to try), and it’s reliably inexpensive in a low-budget pinch. You might even find a free wi-fi signal while you’re at it. No shame.
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