Ever been in a new city but you’re torn because you’re super hungry but you don’t want to be ripped off or spend the time? Here are some tips on how to save your coins on food while traveling to avoid that situation.
Find a supermarket.
This something I did when I studied abroad in Italy (long-term). My friend and I would go to the nearest supermarket and buy snacks or lunches from there. In my experience, it is cheaper than going to a restaurant every day and you still get great food, you just have to be a little creative. I also visited a few supermarkets in Costa Rica and that was a shorter trip.
Try some food at fair or market.
I did this in Mexico City. This is super helpful if you are traveling in a very touristy area. Restaurants in tourist hot-spots tend to be very expensive and not always the greatest quality. Eating at a fair or market is usually pretty good and pretty cheap because locals eat there too. It is also a good way to practice your language skills.
Bring your own food.
I cannot stress enough the importance of bringing a snack when you are traveling. I bought a bag of granola from New York with me on my trip to Mexico and I am so glad that I did. When you are traveling, there are always moments when you get hungry, but you don’t want to have to search for food. Having something to snack on at any given moment saves you time and money on a trip. I definitely recommend bringing granola, they tend to have lots of nuts and a little sweetness, which is really satisfying. Also, in a bind, it can replace a meal.
Disclaimer: When traveling, you should only eat what you think is safe regardless of price. This post is based on my own experiences.
If you have a tip that is not mentioned here, add on in the comments!