Most people think that with traveling you have to eat out, this certainly isn’t the case, i’ve found so many different ways to find decent food whilst spending very little! use your accommodation like you would your actual home, you have a cooker? so cook! Remember the less you spend on food the more you can spend on traveling.
Make sure you check out the local grocery stores and markets. shop around find the best deals just like you would at home. when I was in Cyprus I found a man that was selling watermelons for 10cents so i picked up 3 of them I made 1 into snacks such as ice pops and melon chocolate drops, turned another into juice and the third was just watermelon? brilliant right!
Take advantage of perks, you’ve paid for accommodation that includes breakfast, then have breakfast! Also if your like me and don’t really eat well in the mornings I tend to wrap up whats left for lunch so I also don’t need to buy lunch. Most restaurants, hotels and b&b’s etc don’t mind this as they’d just chuck all the food in the bin anyway so why not wrap up your leftovers for later.
Use voucher and offer sites! sites such as groupon have amazing discounts on restaurants! make it your mission to find the best deals at the cheapest places! i personally use a few survey sites, receipt scanner and discount apps such as qmee, swagbucks, groupon etc to earn me money off for my meals with this its sometimes means my whole family eats for free for a whole week.
If you have to eat out make the most of it! I’d rather spend £10 on a proper dinner than spend £10 on 10 snacks that in the long run wont fill me up. Also alto of restaurants offer kids eat free with 1 paying adult, so your £10 per person could go down to £5 per person. Think about is it cheaper and better for you and your family? Also don’t buy into fast food food “offers” McDonald’s may be cheap but its not filling after you’ve ordered your big mac large frys and coffee your looking at £6-7 a meal that still hasn’t filled you up so then what do you do? order more food? a mcflurry?so now your on £10 a meal when you can get 4 meals for £20 including a drink at a proper restaurant and feel full after! no-brainer!
Bring a reusable water bottle! The amount of times me and my partner have forgotten our bottles and have had to pay £2 each for a GLASS bottle of water (which you cant reuse) is a huge a pain and not very cost efficient especially when they have a tap that you can use for FREE right next to the bottled water.so, don’t forget your bottles.
Pre-pack your lunch, as I’ve said buying your own food is great but if your on the road prepare your food before you leave, that way theirs no rush to find a place to eat and its easier with kids this way, theirs no stopping your journey to eat and if your kids are picky eaters your guaranteed to have something they like in your backpack. Its an easy win! not to mention saves you a ton of money and you can stay healthy.
Look at whats in season and what grows local, these tend to be the cheapest foods when your out and about as they will grow everywhere. you want apples in the UK you can pick one up for 20p because its just as easy to find an apple tree and pick them yourself, If your at the seaside your more likely to find fish cheaper than poultry or other farmed meats because they sell it fresh and all season. Be nosy and ask questions as that’s how you get the best deals when shopping around for your next meal.
Always bring emergency snacks! this is a must, dried fruit snacks, cereal packets whatever is small enough to fit in your handbag or carry on case will be your best friend. if you have had a delayed flight or the cafe you planned on going to has closed early for the night, whatever the emergency you need to have something to keep you going! I fully recommend a protein bar as this gives you the kick you need to keep you going, i’d also recommend Graze boxes these small travel boxes are enough for you and any little ones you may have and they taste good.
Use whatever appliances that are in your room. what i mean buy this is, nowadays you usually have a kettle or coffee maker in your room as a standard, so take advantage of this, if you didn’t book with free breakfast included instant oats are perfect for breakfast, use the mini cartons of milk for other cereals, instant noodles are really good too that’s breakfast and lunch done with a kettle, you just need dinner!
Leftovers are golden! don’t chuck them away until you are leaving and even then try and selvage them! This will give you another days worth of food! and could save you a fortune all you need is a small cooler, I use a container at the bottom of my rucksack and freeze a wet sponge as an ice block my food stays cool enough to eat through the rest of the day and doesn’t spoil! The foods I like to save are normally pasta based, as these taste the nicest cold when prepared right.
Depending on the country your in and what your knowledge is forage! My trips abroad found me picking pawpaws, fresh oranges and lemons right the way to cucumbers and tomatoes from wild plants, I do advice you only do this if you know what your doing, I wont forage unless i’m 100% sure I know what i’m picking so please be careful, but if you do know then you can save yourself up to £20 a week on fruits and veggies! best of all you know they’re fresh and where they come from!