Whether traveling to the USA or not, it’s always a good idea to save money where possible. After all, as much as we want to enjoy ourselves when we go on vacation, sometimes our spending can get out of control. Plus, we all know that saving money while traveling can be particularly challenging because there are so many restaurant options and convenience foods. However, there are plenty of ways to eat tasty food throughout your USA trip and save some money simultaneously!
Here are 5 ways you can do just that!
1. Buy In Bulk
Buying in bulk is great for many reasons, but one of the biggest is that it saves time and money. When you buy in bulk, you don't have to cook or prepare food, saving you both time and money.
2. Pack Snacks
Pack snacks for the plane ride or as carry-on items. You don't want to waste a bunch of money eating out constantly. There are many great snack options like dried fruit, nuts, cheese, and sandwiches with layers of protein for staying full for longer! If you're more into treats, then bring along chocolate. The trick is to have snacks that are filling and full of flavor. Check the TSA's rules on liquids before packing them in your bag, so you don't risk going hungry because they must be left behind at security. If you forget something at home, make sure it's food-related, so it can be ordered online. M&Ms are usually available overseas, making them a great choice if it's an emergency.
Bring hot sauce with you as well; some countries use different types of seasonings in their dishes.
3. Take Advantage Of The Breakfast
Eating breakfast has many benefits, and one way to get them is by just staying put. Most bed-and-breakfasts offer hot breakfasts, usually in the form of bread, cereals, eggs, bacon, sausage, or fruit. You can also ask for oatmeal or pancakes at most hotels! These free breakfasts are often cheaper than eating an expensive American meal.
Other things you can do with your stay are cooking your food if you're staying at an apartment or have access to a kitchen (usually offered if you're sharing), buy groceries from nearby stores (stores near university housing will often be cheaper) and go grocery shopping there instead of paying higher prices in a touristy area!
4. Bring Your Own Water Bottle
Bringing your own water bottle when you are out in public is a great way to stay hydrated, save money, and help keep the environment clean. This can be accomplished with a few easy steps. Bring a reusable water bottle that fits in your purse or backpack. Always bring your refillable water bottle with you when you eat. Refill the beverage list when ordering at a fast food place or any place where they give you an option of purchasing a drink. Order tap water instead of buying bottled water. Drink the tap water right away if there is ice in it, or put it in a plastic cup, so it doesn't dilute too much once the ice melts
5. Try New Foods
You don't have to be traveling abroad to try new foods. While in the USA, try some delicacies you might not know about! Go for seafood because oceans surround England with tons of delicious and fresh seafood at restaurants, fishmongers, markets, etc. A traditional dish worth trying is Welsh rabbit; this traditionally features a mixture of raw meat, such as lamb or beef liver pate, bacon rashers (lardons), onion (chopped), and hot English mustard.
This trip is an experience of a lifetime. Be adventurous, but also be mindful of where you spend your money. With these easy tips, you'll still be able to taste amazing food while on vacation in the USA.