This can be one of the most difficult things to do when trying to travel on a budget. It’s hard to keep your budget in line with all of the awesome food are walking around all day when traveling. It’s also part of the experience of traveling to try the local food of wherever you are visiting. However, there are still smart ways for you to try the food and still stick to your budget. Setting a daily budget is a great way to hold yourself accountable when it comes to eating and drinking while traveling. Below I will talk about some of my tips when it comes to getting the most for your money when it comes to food and drinks.
If you are staying at a hostel make sure to see if they offer a free breakfast. This will differ hostel to hostel but at the most you will have some bread and coffee. Every little bit helps when coming to saving money on food. While traveling you should limit yourself to one meal a day dining out, this way you can still try some of the local food. Going to the local supermarkets and grabbing snacks such as fruits will help sustain your hunger throughout the day. One of the best cheap meals you can have while traveling is pasta. Most hostels will already have multiple leftover bags from other travelers so the only thing you need to buy is some sauce, this is a big budget saver and fills you up.
Drinks can be even more costly than food when traveling, sorry no Starbucks or local coffee shops if you are serious about traveling on a budget. It’s these sacrifices you have to make if you want to keep it cheap. Get your fill of coffee before leaving the hostel where it will be free. Alcohol is another wallet drainer, so make the most out of your pregame. If you don’t drink then you have less to worry about, but for those who do again, head to the local supermarket where you can still get some local brews and have a good time. Stores such as Dia in Spain have their own store brew and you can pick up cans for 50 cents. I’m not saying its good beer, but hey it’s cheap. Kebabs are king when looking for cheap food in Europe, Kebab stores are everywhere, they are cheap, and are sure to fill you up for a couple hours.
If you make it out to Vietnam they have something called Bia Hoi, when is basically beer of the day. The big chains don’t usually have it, but if you check out smaller restaurants you can get beer for 25 cents a glass. Also when traveling in South East Asia make sure to eat the street food, it’s much cheaper than the restaurants and the food is coming from the same place. I have gotten a plate of fresh pad thai of the street for 75 cents, you can’t beat that, in a restaurant you are looking at $2-3 dollars, while that may seem like a small difference it adds up. Don’t let your perceptions shape your budget when you are traveling, try new things and save money at the same time.