I’m happy to share today’s guest post from Roxana Oliver!
To travel to some destination you want, often, you have to break the piggy bank, for the transport, accommodation, food and all the other additional costs. Skimping on transport and accommodation is not an option (safety and comfort come first). Still, you would not want to eat food of poor quality and even poorer taste, just to save some money.
We know what you are thinking: “Is there any way to eat well and save money?” Way ahead of you. In fact, there are more ways.
Here, we will give you a few tips on how to eat cheap, yet great food, while abroad.
Eat Street Food
When someone mentions street food, the first you think is probably “unhealthy and unhygienic.” Still, you have to keep in mind that not all vendors are the same, and many of them pay special attention to the hygiene and safety of their food. Look for especially tidy stalls and also search for word-of-mouth recommendations. Street food is an important part of the tradition of many countries, so you will be able to try many beautiful and delicious signature meals. Besides, the prices are so low that, depending on the destination, you can find a decent meal for less than a dollar.
Pack a Lunch
This probably sounds awfully “adolescent,” but a grown person can also pack his or her own lunch if that means saving some money along the way. Visit some awesome local food markets to purchase fresh products and grocery stores. Make your own sandwiches or other meals (you can even cook if your hostel or apartment allows that option) and eat in your room or carry your lunch with you, when going for a walk or a picnic.
Smartphones are our modern-day travel guides, but they have many more options than those old brochures telling us where to go and what to see. By filling your phone with useful travel apps, you will be able to find affordable restaurants with tasty food (based on reviews and recommendations), get coupons for discounts in certain diners or even get a free wine bottle in many of the chosen restaurants in the world.
Avoid the Touristy Places
Tourism is an industry that brings money to the locals’ pockets and the country in general. It is no wonder they sometimes want to take advantage of that and earn more. For that reason sometimes in places often visited by tourists the costs are higher. Meet the locals and ask where they are eating. Wander to some part of the city which is not tourist-friendly and discover, at the same time, how to locals live and where to have a delicious and cheap meal.
Buffets maybe do not offer some amazing meals which will help you experience the local culture the best, but they do offer great value for the invested money, because they are literally all-you-can eat. One meal can sometimes be enough to keep you full during the whole day or a significant part of the day. Buffet is an economical choice because you can get the most food for your buck. They usually cost up to 15 dollars.
Everyone loves visiting a fine restaurant while abroad and having a quality wine bottle with it. That does not mean that your every meal should look like that, because sooner or later, you will run out of money. Being wise on your travels means finding the right balance between affordable meals and fine dinners.
Roxana is a Sydney-based travel enthusiast with a passion for writing. She loves fashion and has an eye for anything visually appealing and aesthetical. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find her articles on HighStyleLife and StyleByAsia.