Dec 04, 2017
Posted by: Daniel Walker

How to save money on food when travelling overseas

It is easy to save money when travelling by avoiding the purchase of souvenirs, walking instead of using taxis and staying in cheaper accommodations. But, eating food is essential for survival and it can put a huge dent in your savings. While travelling, eating out every day is, for most people not feasible. To avoid running out of money, but to still have a great time, here are our tips on how to save money on food when travelling overseas.

Saving money on food when travelling

1. Book accommodation with breakfast included

An easy way to save money on food while travelling is to book accommodation which includes either a continental breakfast or a buffet breakfast. Breakfast may come included in the rate you pay or you may need to shell out a few extra dollars for it. But, those few extra dollars could be the difference between spending money on breakfast and lunch every day or filling yourself up on food at the hotel in the morning. Most large chain hotels and resorts will have a restaurant or cafe so take advantage of the perks they offer.

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2. Book accommodation with a kitchen

Another sure way to save money on food is to book accommodation with a kitchen. Most hotels will not offer a kitchen because they want you to spend money in their restaurant. Alternatives to hotels are staying in motels, serviced apartments, Airbnb properties or hostels with communal kitchens. The advantage of having a kitchen is you will be able to prepare and cook your own meals, saving you a lot of money on restaurant and cafe meals. We really love doing this, we have done this on many occasions. You can see us doing this in our Airbnb in Dubrovnik:

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3. Eat where the locals eat

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The easiest way to spend a lot of money is to eat in tourist spots. Hospitality venues in heavily populated tourist spots will sell food at higher prices. To avoid paying too much, move away from tourist spots and find establishments that are popular with locals. 

4. Take snacks with you

Rather than buying food when you’re out and about, take snack food with you. When you arrive at your destination, find a local street market convenience store, or grocery store and buy foods you can take with you on day trips. Taking snacks with you means you will be able to fill yourself up, while you’re out, with what you already have, therefore you will be less inclined to spend money. 

5. Drink lots of water

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Staying hydrating is essential while travelling, but it is also good for your wallet. Drinking water fills you up naturally and will help you to eat less, in turn, saving money on buying food and drinks. When drinking water, make sure you use a reusable bottle and refill it with clean drinking water. Buying multiple bottles of water will set you back a few dollars each time. 

Thanks for reading these tips on how to save money on food when travelling overseas. What other tips do you have? Let us know in the comments below.


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Daniel Walker - Author

Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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