FOOD - Because you probably aren't fasting while traveling, and eating is part of the adventure.
Let me just start by saying I know there are people who travel JUST to eat. That’s it. They want to try all the signature dishes of different countries to test their palate and fill their stomachs with what could potentially be the beginnings of food poisoning.
Warning: I am NOT that person.
Nevertheless, there are still three different ways to go about eating while travelling. The follow are ordered from least to most expensive:
- Bring it.
- Buy it.
- Order it.
I understand that one or more of these options may not be feasible during certain parts or all of your trip, but hopefully you can still find a good balance to keep your budget!
- Bring it. - Depending on the length of the trip or destination, this may not be possible. However, if there are certain things you really like that might be expensive or difficult to find where you’re going, bring them with! Some things I usually bring:
- Unique spices such as curry powder or cumin. If I plan on cooking during a trip, these are staple spices to make a flavorful dish!
- Tea/coffee - If you’re a tea lover, just bring some of your favorite tea packets along. If you’re a coffee lover, bless your soul and good luck. You can bring instant coffee or suck it up and buy some. I will say, though, that if you think Starbucks is expensive in the United States, wait until you see overseas prices!
- Snacks - Whether you’re flying or driving, make sure to bring your own on-the-go snacks bought from a grocery store. The minute you go to a convenience store, gas station, or airport shop, prices skyrocket. I usually bring a piece of fruit and a salty snack such as chips or pretzels. This is only for the bus, train, or plane ride, though!
- Powdered peanut butter - This one is weird, but hear me out. If you’re flying, all liquids need to be less than 3 fl oz, (yes peanut butter counts as a liquid) which means you have to buy overpriced individual snack packs of peanut butter. BUT if you get it powdered, you can take however much you want just need to add a little water when you want to eat it! As a vegetarian that finds it difficult to get quality non-meat or non-dairy protein on the go, this is the PERFECT option. It’s also healthier, and you can’t taste the difference!
- Buy it. - When you get to your location, go to the grocery store and buy food! This is also why I highly recommend an Airbnb over a hotel, because you can rent a place with access to a kitchen to cook some meals. I’ve personally saved HUNDREDS of dollars by doing this, and you learn so much about a culture and new foods by heading to the local grocer! Some things I always buy:
- Breakfast food such as eggs and bread/bagels or oatmeal/cereal and soy milk.
- Fresh fruit for snacks (usually with my powdered peanut butter) and/or veggies with hummus.
- If you’re also making lunches and dinners, pasta dishes and potatoes are cheap, filling starches.
- Order it. - Of course, going out to eat at a restaurant is always an option. If this is your preference, there are a couple of ways to cut costs:
- Ask your Airbnb host, hostel or hotel concierge if they have any local recommendations or coupons.
- Groupon restaurants. I personally haven’t used this myself, but I know there are a lot of families that find them highly useful if you have a larger group of people and can meet the minimum purchase amount.
I hope you find this list helpful, and it gives you some ideas for new ways to eat while travelling.
If you have food intolerances or allergies, I highly recommend Options 1 & 2, but don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself at a restaurant as long as you can ask the right questions to stay safe and healthy!
If you are a travelling foodie or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!