There is nothing quite like getting away on a vacation and it is something you plan for and look forward to all year long. The day finally comes, you set out on your trip and have a list of places to see and things to do. However, one of the things you may not have considered is where you will eat while away from home. Of course you probably have budgeted for what you can spend, but once on the road, where do you eat? Here are a few dining tips when traveling for making the most of your food budget.
|San Francisco California|
Book Hotels with Continental Breakfasts
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it is usually the first one most people do without when on vacation. It is horribly expensive eating out three meals a day so many tourists skip breakfast so that they can enjoy a better lunch and dinner. Why not book hotels on your trip that offer free continental breakfasts? Most have an assortment of pastries and of course, free coffee or tea. The savings from this meal alone could provide enough money to see one extra sight that day and you won’t need to do without a kick-start to your day.
|San Antonio Txas|
Mix Sightseeing with Dining
You know you need to eat but one thing to keep in mind is that this is time you could be spending sightseeing. Why not plan ahead for eateries that are unique to that area or serve award-winning cuisine? This way you get a ‘taste’ of local dining experiences while eating one of the two remaining meals after your free continental breakfast? For example, on a trip to Indiana you may want to spend an evening out having a few drinks at the best bar in Indianapolis. You do a bit of searching and find that the Spoke and Steele Indianapolis has won this honor and also has an award winning menu. Why not make it a late dinner so that you can try the food, sample the drinks and have a fun night out all at one go?
Steer Clear of Fast Food Restaurants
You might think that fast food restaurants provide the biggest savings when dining out on vacation but this isn’t always true. In recent years, one value meal can cost as much as a lunch or dinner special at a local café and the food isn’t nearly as interesting. Even if you spend a few extra dollars on a meal, it is something you can do at home and this is just time wasted. Try an open-air farmers market for a fresh salad perhaps or a sidewalk café where you can have a look around while getting the nourishment you need for the day? You can always visit Mickey D’s when you go back home but you can’t always dine in the open air watching the locals and getting a glimpse of shops on the boulevard!
So, even if you are on a budget you don’t need to scrimp on eating. With a free breakfast and a bit of creative dining, you can have a wonderful vacation and taste some local foods that can actually be part of your itinerary. Just remember, hit restaurants and cafés you don’t have at home as it’s just a waste of time. Plan ahead and you’ll be able to see the sights while satisfying your need to eat.