You know what’s great about traveling? Getting to try incredible food and drinks from all around the world. You know what’s not so great? Having to pay for it all.
Here are some tried and true rules for eating and drinking for cheap — without having to sacrifice all the glorious foods you need to try while traveling.
Pack your own airport food.
Stick to the “one meal out per day” rule.
And when you can, eat out for lunch instead of dinner.
Rather than buying drinks at bars or restaurants, pre-game like a college freshman.
Then, when you get the dessert menu…bail.
Stock up on breakfast fixings at the grocery store.
Opt for street food over sit-down restaurants.
Get off the tourist circuit, then look for bars and restaurants with happy hours — or free bar snacks.
If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, cook in.
Keep your eye out — or actively scout — events with free food and booze.
When you head out for the day, pack your own snacks.
And when you find freebies, stock up.
Bring a reusable bottle so you don’t have to waste money (and plastic) buying bottled water.
Link up with family, friends, and friends of friends.