Before you leave for the airport, especially if you are travelling overseas, make sure you eat before you depart. Because you have to be at the airport well before your flight leaves, up to three hours in some cases, it makes sense to have a decent meal at home as the cost of food and drinks at airports can be astronomical.
Likewise, pack some snacks or a light lunch to take with you, as well as carrying an empty water bottle through security to fill up once you’re through.
Once at your destination, be sure to take advantage of the free buffet breakfast if it is offered by your hotel. When booking your accommodation, it may seem like an unnecessary added expense to stay at a hotel offering this, but it is much cheaper than paying for a restaurant breakfast and a mid morning snack. Enjoy your fill of a hot or cold breakfast then grab a piece of fruit or a pastry to eat as a mid-morning snack.
When you are booking your hotel, make sure they offer a free mini fridge and microwave. Even if you don’t prepare meals in the room, you can still save by stocking up on bottled water and snacks like microwave popcorn or soup. But by cooking some of your meals in your room you can save money. Head to the closest market, stock up on ingredients and ask the person serving you how to prepare a local recipe.
Call into to the visitor centre when you arrive in town. Not only do they offer a wealth of information about where to visit, they also supply coupons to local attractions and restaurants. The lobby in your hotel may also offer these coupons. You can also use your Smartphone to locate restaurants offering specials.
When starting to plan your holiday, research any festivals being held during your stay. Whether or not the festival is food related, there are always cheap eats on offer.
If you are lucky enough to receive a dinner invitation from a local family – accept it! This is a priceless opportunity to experience the local culture, and will provide unforgettable memories.
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