Eating cheaply on the road

One of the great joys of travel is sampling the local cuisine, and luckily for you it’s possible to do without breaking the bank. I’m assuming that if you are a true blue budget traveller, you’ll be camping or staying in hostels – in which case make sure your accommodation has a kitchen or cooking facilities. Then head to the local supermarket, checking out the local shops and markets can be fun and interesting when you first arrive at a destination, so stock up and you could save yourself big bucks in the long-run. However, after the initial culinary discoveries (European cheese!) self-catering can get old fast, I mean did you really travel half way around the world to spend it in a hostel kitchen? Exactly, and that’s when it’s time to hit the streets. Invariably every place in the world has some kind of local street food, whether it’s currywurst in Berlin or pad thai in Bangkok, follow the locals and chow down on some filling and good value grub.

Currywurst is a Berlin favourite for locals and budget travellers

Another money-saving tip is to make sure you take advantage of perks where you can. So there’s no such thing as a free lunch in this world, but there are inclusive breakfasts at hostels and hotels. Fill up and you may not need lunch. While exploring your new locale make sure to head where the locals go and avoid eateries in tourist areas, main squares and classy-looking streets, instead head off the beaten track and discover some local gems. Also be forewarned that if a popular cafe has been in Lonely Planet it’s likely to become complacent and overpriced. One final bit of advice: buy some snacks before you go to the airport, most of them are ridiculously expensive and you never know if your flight is going to be delayed.


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