Saving money on meal expenses while travelling.

     Consider lodging at a suite hotel offering cooking and/or refrigeration accessories. The extra cost of the room can be offset by the savings of purchasing groceries as opposed to buying three meals a day at a restaurant. Breakfast and dinner can be prepared at the hotel, while lunch can consist of a sandwich to be eaten wherever you are away from the hotel.

     Ask yourself, why are you traveling? The reason for many vacations is to see new sites and to experience new adventures rather than spending money eating at restaurants. Granted a vacation is meant to relax and pay for conveniences, which results in meals becoming a major travel expenditure. If possible, purchase meals at the grocery store to help reduce your meal expenses.

     If a kitchenette is not provided, then consider bringing along a cooler to store perishables and perhaps a small portable gas camping stove for cooking hot meals. Remember it is not safe to carry a gas canister on a plane, therefore find a sporting goods store at your travel destination to purchase a new canister. Also, it is not safe to use the gas stove in your hotel room. Instead you'll have to do the cooking outside at a picnic table. The hotel will probably provide ice that can be used to keep perishables cold. Also, most hotels have a microwave for their patrons' use which is a great way to cook some meals. Don't purchase drinks or snacks from vending machines. Instead, purchase them at a local grocery store.

Return to Travel Topics.