Going on a trip doesn’t come cheap. Unless you’re filthy rich and you don’t have to worry about a budget, going on a trip, whether it’s a simple road trip by car, or a luxurious week-long vacation, usually means setting aside some hard-earned money. If you have kids, going on a vacation might turn-out to be more expensive than you originally planned, since safety and convenience will have to take precedence over cheap and available. So how do you stay within budget, without feeling like a Scrooge? Here’s some tips on eating out:
- Eat a substantial breakfast – eating a hearty breakfast doesn’t mean you have to frequent breakfast buffets at diners or restaurants. One way of saving is to buy food at the local supermarket or delicatessen, which you can eat in your hotel room. Also, since most hotel rooms come with a refrigerator, you can also stock on essentials like milk, fruit, dairy foods, or simple sandwiches. This way, you’ll be all set to go sight-seeing when you leave your room, and the kids will be less likely to crave for food they might see on the way.
- Bring along snacks and treats – Kids need to eat more often to recharge, especially when you’ll be doing a lot of walking. It would be more cost effective to bring your own snacks and treats rather than buying from the shops or restaurants along the way. You’ll also get to see more of the sights, since the kids can eat while sight-seeing, instead of having to stop every now and then to find a place to eat. But don’t go overboard, though. Give a little allowance to try out the local treats and specialties. After all, one of the best parts of traveling is trying out new food.
- Bring your own bottled water – this isn’t just for your budget, although bringing your own bottled water or juice will most likely save you from buying expensive sodas and juices. It’s also a way to make sure of your family’s safety.
- Go on a picnic – kids love going on picnics, and the easy part is that you can picnic anywhere. They won’t be choosy about the food either, you can eat sandwiches if that’s all you have, it’s the experience they’ll treasure.
- Check out the local malls or food markets – these usually have food courts or kiosks that have different kinds of food, and are relatively cheaper than a restaurant. Also, since there’ll be something for everybody, you’ll each get to choose what you want to eat.
Eating out is one of the bonding moments you can enjoy with your family. The foods you’ll eat on your vacation will also be one of your best-remembered memories.