It’s no secret that holidays, especially longer ones, can get expensive in a hurry, and food costs are often the most troublesome. While your accommodation and travel expenses might account for the lion’s share of holiday costs, they are at least fixed. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know exactly how much you’ll be spending on food until you arrive. Upon checking your bank balance when you finally return home, you could be in for a nasty surprise.
Luckily enough, there are plenty of ways to cut back on food costs when you’re on holiday, and here are just four.
- Look for a Fully-Fitted Kitchen
First and foremost, look for accommodation that comes with a fully-fitted kitchen. Such accommodation generally costs a little more, but you’ll more than make your money back if you can simply pick up ingredients in a supermarket and then make meals yourself. Instead of having to pay for every meal at a restaurant or café, you’ll have everything you need right there and ready to go.
- Eat Like a Local
Even if you’re staying within the UK instead of jetting off somewhere more exotic, there are always local delicacies to sample when you go on holiday. Instead of indulging in the local favourites at a restaurant – where the mark-up is likely to be considerable – buy them where the locals do and then cook them up yourself. Just as delicious and adventurous, only without the expense.
- Don’t Pay Big for Smaller Meals
Having your own kitchen doesn’t mean staying in for every meal, it just means being smart about when you visit a restaurant. Breakfast, for example, is a simple meal that tends to cost quite a lot when you eat out. Instead, simply make yourself some toast in your own room. Also, try avoiding snacks and coffee.
- Bring Essentials from Home
One of the potential downsides of using your own kitchen is having to pay for those little extras you already had at home. Olive oil, for example, is quite expensive, but you only need it in small amounts. Before you leave, throw some essentials into your travelling bags.