Along with having fun, one of the top priorities of any individual or family vacation is to stick to a budget. After hotel and entertainment expenses, food is the next highest on the list. However, you shouldn’t compromise the enjoyment of your trip by cutting corners. Curious to learn how you can eat quality food without spending a fortune? Read on to find out the tips and tricks for your next vacation.
Create a food budget
A dangerous move that can lead to overspending is not having a clear idea of how much to spend on food, as the costs can soar quickly and take up a considerable portion of your total vacation costs. Draw up a strict budget, including what you may incur as extra expenses, and try to stick to it throughout your trip.
Do some research
Before taking your packed bags out of the house, read up on the food scene in your destination, ranging from your hotel to local restaurants. Find the best options that suit your budget and even those that offer special discounts or coupons.
Purchase snacks in advance
Many people do some last-minute shopping for items like snacks, soda, fruit drinks, etc. before leaving. These items capture your and your kids’ delight, but they can also consume a large amount of your pocket money when you buy them at full price. If you’re planning a road trip, it’s better to buy products on sale and avoid convenient stores that charge more for the same items. Stocking up in advance can save you money.
Make homemade meals
An average-sized family tends to spend around $40-$100 on a meal each day while on vacation. That’s a huge expense! Therefore, it’s ideal to stay in accommodations that provide an equipped kitchen, so that you can cook homemade meals and save money.
- Book a hotel with microwave and a mini fridge. This may cost you only a few extra dollars, but in the long-run you’ll save money on food.
- Bring an appliance like an electric skillet. You’ll be amazed at what you can cook and warm up. You can easily pack a skillet that’s large enough to cook a meal for a family of seven. Don’t forget to bring paper products and plastic utensils, too.
About the author: Adler Curtis, born in Austin, Texas, is a food and hotel industry expert. He works in the marketing and advertising department at The Bahrain Hotel & Restaurant Guide (BHRG), which offers residents and visitors alike an up-to-date source of information on Bahrain’s best restaurants, serviced apartments, restaurants, cafés, and entertainment venues.