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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dining Tips When Traveling

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.
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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.

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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.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

Thanks for these great tips. Dining out when travelling can be a challenge, whether it's finding a place on a budget or just trying to judge if it's going to be tasty!

Deal Match Maker said...

We do our own research before planning our trip. Find an affordable hotel with affordable foods

Jeannette said...

I always look for congenital breakfast when we go on vacation. They are yummy and the kids get to choose what they want. Love the tips!

Joann Woolley said...

Having that continental breakfast is such a good way to save both time and money while traveling! It is a top priority for us especially because we have 3 kids haha! Avoiding fast food is much easier said than done just with the sheer business of sight seeing, but I know it is no good for us and we try to avoid it too.

Masshole Mommy said...

I only book hotels with free breakfasts. It makes life SOOOO much easier with the kids.

Joanne T Ferguson said...

What great tips and thanks for sharing today! Staying away from fast food restaurants gets my vote today!

Liz Mays said...

When I'm booking, seeing continental breakfast available makes a big difference. I need to start checking local restaurants before heading out too.

Jennifer Juro said...

We always try to find a hotel with breakfast. I have learned to still pack something like protein bars just in case no one is a fan of the food there. Great tips!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Continental breakfasts are a big bonus while on vacation, because usually, they have choices that children love to eat. Less trouble, more fun!

Mistee Dawn said...

Such great tips! Especially the one about skipping the fast food places! I totally agree with you on that!

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

Great tips! We don't travel often but when we have we always find the best deals, check with the hotels and avoid fast food at all costs! - jeanine

Kara Wert said...

I always look for a hotel with a continental breakfast! Saves money and time!

Ricci said...

These are all great tips!! I just finished a 2 week road trip and we stayed at places with free breakfast and only ate at places that we didn't have back home!!

Lynndee said...

I am not a fan of fast food restaurants at all so we rarely go to them not unless the little one wants one. And we've always chosen hotels with free breakfast.

kat b said...

Great tips! I love dining out when we are traveling. The kids always love it as well. We always try to get a hotel with free breakfast as well.

Ann B said...

These are great dinning tips for travelling. I always try to stay away from fast food and stick to local restaurants.

Christy Garrett said...

These are excellent tips. I always try to find a hotel that serves at least breakfast. Several hotels also are serving dinner too (some are limited to weekdays only) so read the fine print. We often spilt meals when we dine out. If possible, find a hotel with a refrigerator and kitchen so you can make your own meals.

Shaney Vijendranath said...

Thanks for the tips! I just came back from a mini vacay but next year we planning a big one with the kids.

Lisa Codina said...

When I was younger and traveled across Europe I could have cared less about the food...now, it's ALL about the food!!

Chrystal Mahan said...

When we eat out, which isn't often, we try to make it as special as possible. One of the ways we do that is avoided fast food because thats just not really a treat.

Erin Shebish said...

These are fabulous tops! And so timely, we're always trying to figure out dining plans when we travel!

Krystal Butherus said...

I like to avoid fast food when we travel too. I need to try more new restaurants that are not chains.

HilLesha O'Nan said...

Thank you for the wonderful dining tips! I will definitely have to keep these tips in mind.

Victoria - manicurator said...

I love exploring the new food options while on vacation. You are right, no need for fast food that's for sure!

mykidsguide said...

These are great tips! When we book for a hotel, we make sure that breakfast is included. We usually have a late breakfast, so it's alright to skip lunch. The only meal we really spend on is the dinner.

Bonnie Gowen said...

Thanks for these tips and your right sometimes fast food costs more then going inside somewhere.

Bradley Finnearty said...

Steer clear of fast food is a great idea. My simple question to my family when they suggest going to a fast food restaurant I always ask "why eat the same thing here that we can get at home?" Experiment with new things. Great post.

CourtneyLynne said...

I have been all about hotels that have breakfast in the morning now that I'm a mom! So helpful to be able to take an elevator down stairs in the morning with the kiddos to grab some food!

Yona Williams said...

One of my priorities is to book a hotel stay with a complimentary breakfast. Some are basic, and then some are really impressive. One of the best ones that I've seen had an entire Asian section where you could eat noodles with tons of different flavorings and spices. I've never seen that before.

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

We never ever do fast food when we travel. Part of the travel experience is the food and culture. What's the point of traveling!

Adrienne P said...

Great tips! I am always booking hotels that offer breakfast included in the room rate. It makes eating breakfast so much easier. Plus, eliminating the expense of a meal is always a good thing!

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