Vacations can get really expensive. You pay a bunch for airfare or gas to drive to your destination, and then more for a hotel. So the last thing you really want to do when you’re on vacation is open your wallet. You still have to eat, though. But it’s okay. There are tons of ways to save on food when you’re on vacation.
5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation
1. Pack a cooler.
When I was growing up, we used to go camping every summer, and all the adults would pack coolers with meats to grill, drinks, stuff for breakfast, etc. It was so much easier than spending part of vacation finding a supermarket and going grocery shopping. Plus, you could buy what you need on sale instead of paying full price when you get on vacation.
And you can pack snacks too. I always pack them to travel with because it’s cheaper than buying something at a gas station or the airport.
2. Cook in the hotel.
Certain hotels, like one we stayed in earlier this month, had a full kitchen. Yes, full. There were pots and pans, a strainer, utensils, a stove top, and a dishwasher. If you find a hotel like that, you can bring your own ingredients and cook your meals at home. You can do this if you book an Airbnb too. What’s great about some Airbnb rentals is they will actually leave ingredients for you (that may or may not cost extra to use, so be sure to check that before you open any).
3. Bring your own beer.
Pack a cooler with drinks and beer. That way, you don’t have to buy those at a store, where they’re probably more expensive. And then you can stock the hotel’s fridge with your own beer instead of drinking from the mini fridge or the hotel’s bar.
4. Breakfast at the hotel.
I’m a big fan of booking a hotel with a complementary breakfast. That way, you can have a meal without paying anything extra. When you’re booking, look for this under amenities. Some will offer a hot breakfast, some a continental, and some won’t offer one at all. If you head down late enough, you may also be able to turn breakfast into brunch. Couple that with an early dinner and you can completely skip lunch, saving you even more.
5. Purchase discount restaurant certificates.
If you’re in an area you don’t know, get restaurant recommendations from the front desk or a local friend. Then, head over to restaurant.com and see if there are any discount certificates for the recommendations. There might not be, but you might find additional suggestions.
Also, be sure to check out the restaurants’ websites to look for any specials that are day or date specific. Then, plan your dinner there for that day.