Article by: Gourmet Society
Lots of articles nowadays talk about how we should spend money on experiences instead of material things. And while we wholeheartedly embrace the idea of visiting foreign lands (I mean, who doesn’t want to travel?), the idea of spending hard-earned cash can deter some of us from fulfilling this dream. If you think about it, you do have to spend on a lot of things, starting with your airfare ticket. And then, of course, there’s your hotel, food, and pocket money.
But did you know that you can actually save a lot on food when you’re abroad? No, we don’t propose on starving yourself. After all, you’re supposed to enjoy your holiday. What we suggest instead, is to spend your money wisely by considering some of these tips.
Here are 8 ways to save money on food abroad:
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Aside from researching must-see places, make sure to also research the average cost of living of the country you’re about to visit. That way, you won’t be shocked to find out that a bottle of mineral water may cost twice as much compared to your home country.
Bring your own airport snack
Airport food is absurdly expensive, so the easiest way to save money is to avoid them. But then, if you’re worried that you might get hungry while waiting for your flight, you can always pack your own snack from home. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can prepare simple snacks like sandwiches, fresh fruit, or even some chips.
Cook your own food
Depending on where you’re staying at, some hostels include a kitchen, which allows you to cook your own meals. This would also give you a chance to try out some foreign produce you would never have a chance to buy in your home country.
Refill your water bottle
As mentioned earlier, bottled water may cost way more compared to what it costs in your home county. While you can survive on drinking tap water in some places like Japan, you cannot always guarantee the same for others. A simple solution is to buy a huge container of distilled drinking water and just refill your individual bottles. Another solution is to refill your water at water dispensers found in mall food courts.
Try street food
Not only are they cheap, but street food is one of the best ways to fully experience and immerse yourself in a foreign country. Street food can come in various shapes and sizes. Some of them come in stick form (tusok-tusok), or even rice meals! You’ll mostly find these food stalls along side streets, as well as in night markets.
Check out grocery food
Believe it or not, grocery food offers an array of affordable ready-to-eat meals. And if you’re patient enough, you can even find coupons on newspapers or flyer hand-outs.
Don’t order room service in hotels
As with airport food, avoid ordering room service. Also, keep your hands off the mini bar.
Use couch surfing services
If you’re really strapped for cash, you might want to consider home stay and couch surfing services. Not only do you get to save on hotel fees, some couch surfing hosts would also offer to cook food for you. But should you decide to select this option, make sure to thank your generous host by helping around the house or offering gifts before you leave.
Whether you’re home or abroad, good food doesn’t have to cost you a limb. In fact, you can enjoy almost any international cuisine within the country by visiting restaurants specializing in authentic dishes from a specific country.
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This article was written by Gourmet Society, a company which aims to simplifies restaurant privileges through the Gourmet Society app and membership card.
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