Tips on saving money on food when traveling

Posted by on April 29, 2014

Traveling around the world can be expensive sometimes, considering the costs you have to cover to do certain things. Well, food is one of them but it doesn’t have to be that pricey! Here, I present you with some alternatives that can save you some money to spend in other things.

Street vendors

Many people tend to avoid street vendors in foreign countries as they fear about the hygiene of them and the quality of their food. However, this is not always the case, since there are some offering great quality at a very cheap price.

Hot dog street vendor in Boston

Hot dog street vendor in Boston

Daily menu

It is a good choice for those of you who prefer to eat at restaurants. In the menu of the day you do not choose your dishes on your own. It’s a combination that the restaurant is offering at the time. It usually includes a main course, a dessert, bread and a drink, and in some countries, there is also soup.

Daily menu in Torino

Daily menu in Torino


It is the typical eat-all-you-can. You pay a certain amount of money and you can eat as much as you want until you are full. It is good choice for people who don’t eat many times though the day.

Chinese Mid Town Buffet, NYC

Chinese Mid Town Buffet, NYC

Fast food

It is always good to avoid fast food restaurants but when traveling, they present an economical and fast way of eating out.

Markets and local cuisine

You can always visit a local market to buy something to eat. In this way, you can further check the quality as well as the quantity of what you want to eat and how much money to spend on it. And this brings us to….

Local market in Antibes

Local market in Antibes


This is probably the best choice! When planning your accomodation, you can look for a room that has a kitchen available, where you can prepare your own meals.


Sodas? Soft drinks? Sparkling water? Tonic? Do you really need them? Water is all you have to buy and if you’re lucky enough, you can have some for free when eating in some countries.


Potato chips here, ice cream there, and the unnecessary expenses add up. Keep them to a minimum especially if you are on a tight budget.

Tourist cards

These cards, apart from discounts on activities, they typically include discounts at restaurants too. Many hostels also have agreements with various local restaurants where you can get discounts by presenting a coupon or something to show you those staying at the hostel associated.

I hope you understand that these tips should be applied together ,since just one probably will not make much difference. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try a typical ice cream or a drink found only in a certain place. The point is that for anything that you can get in your country, you should keep the desire (and the money) to consume it upon your return.

The particular way of pouring Sidra in Spain

The particular way of pouring Sidra in Spain

Eating alternatives photos by: fotosqrrl, tinca eric, zach brooks, jimsback, :alain:

For more traveling tips check: Forget your smartphone at home and be a tourist, Tips for a Family Hike, Traveler Tips | What to do on the beach to avoid boredom

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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