I hate meal planning in general, but doing so when on vacation just seems cruel. The tricky part is that most people are on a budget when they travel, so even though we get tempted to throw caution to the wind, and buy everything in sight. I’m like that. I get tempted to try all sorts of local cuisine when I’m travelling. That doesn’t do much for the budget that I had set.
But, eating on a budget doesn’t have to be boring. No, you don’t have to have a cooler full of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can find inexpensive, delicious alternatives with a bit of pre-planning and some imagination.
Find where the locals eat
Let’s face it, the locals don’t alway dine at 5 Star restaurants. They also know where the hidden gems are and what to get where. One of the tricks I’ve learned is to ask people I meet in coffee shops where their favorite street food vendor is. They are more than to happy to share, and I get to eat something that I normally wouldn’t have found out about.
Do Your Homework
If you’re too shy to ask the locals, or street food isn’t your thing, make sure you do your research and find out if there are deals going where you’re visiting. I always make sure I consult the locals when I travel, but sometimes there is a language barrier. Sometime the local tourist website has deals/promotions for local restaurants. You can find all sorts of stuff online. Don’t forget to check your credit card offers just in case they have something for your next vacation.
Choose an All-Inclusive Vacation Package
You all know my love for all- inclusive package. I mean it’s fool proof. You pay one amount, and you get all the food, and liquor you could ever want in that week. The only suggestion I would make here is to read the reviews before you pick a resort just based on price. I have a steel stomach so I can normally eat anything, but there have been resorts where I’ve just eaten fries, and fruits for the week. On the bright side, I lost weight on vacation which is something unheard of.
Look for Food Festivals
Most of the major cities have multiple food festivals throughout the year. I’ve been to 4 in Toronto this year already. You can find the info on google, or better yet- Twitter!
Find a Kitchen.
One of my favorite places to stay in is a bed and breakfast. Well, actually, anything with breakfast but you get the drift. Bed and breakfasts normally feed you enough that you don’t have to hunt for an early lunch.