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Budget Travel:How To Cut Down On Your Meal Bills While On A Vacation
Pack Lime Rice and Poori Potato Paliya for Travel as they do not go stale quickly
Simple Tips To Cut Meal Costs While On Holiday
Traveling light and spending less, but enjoying every moment of your holiday, is what all look forward to. Simple solutions to adhere to, while traveling will help curb unnecessary expenditure. And that includes meals.
I remember my mother and aunt packing 2 large picnic baskets full of goodies for us 4 kids while traveling from Bangalore to New Delhi, about 4 decades ago. We would travel by train (and those days it was the steam engine) for a full 3 days and arrive in New Delhi all covered in soot to visit our grandma. Our baskets of goodies contained an assortment of biscuits, bread, boiled eggs, salt and pepper, jam butter, slices of tomato and cucumber and some pooris and potato paliya. Lime rice with peanuts and plenty of bananas,oranges and apples would also be taken along. A pickle bottle also was a must as also a large water keg and an earthern water pot called khooja to keep drinking water cool. The water would soon be over and my uncle used to fill them at the major stations. Pooris and potato paliya and lime rice were often finished for the first 2 meals on the train. And thereafter jam and butter sandwiches or cucumber and tomato sandwiches along with a boiled egg each would be our meal upto day 2. We often munched on homemade chaklis, biscuits, prepared before we left. Day 3 would have to be fruits bought at local railway stations or if we halted at any major station, and the eateries looked hygienic, then our parents would get us some food from there. Hand towels and forks, knife and spoons, tumblers and plates were all carried from home, used and washed after use.
So today, when you need to travel and do not want to spend too much on food, you can follow the tips given below.
- Whether you plan your holiday early or take of on the spur of the moment, it would be wise to choose hotels that offer free breakfast and dinner. Some offer only free breakfast. Most hotels include this in the tariff, so check with them before booking.
- After breakfast, one normally goes sightseeing, and so, having lunch at a restaurant serving local cuisine, will give you a chance to savor the specialties of local food. If you want to further cut down on your expenses, neighborhood eateries serving local food will be even cheaper.
- Authentic street food is still more cheaper and gives you a different taste of local, popular food. Places of tourist interest always have some eateries that are often expensive and are best avoided. If you feel that the eateries do not prepare and serve food in hygienic conditions, just avoid them.
- It would be best to stock up your mini-bar in the hotel, with some cold cuts and ready to eat food packets from the local supermarket.
- You can also pick up some bread, bakery items such as puffs and croissants, along with jam, peanut butter, cheese and flavored milk or fruit juice. You can make your own peanut butter or cheese or jam sandwiches, in the hotel room and carry them with you while out sightseeing.
- If you have kids accompanying you, consider packing some biscuits of their favorite kind, and carry some boiled eggs from home, without cracking the shells. But finish them before they go stale.
- Carry fruits that can be eaten without needing to be cut. Oranges, bananas and apples are excellent when you want to munch while traveling.
- Also carry some dry fruits with you in little packets in your pocket or handbag. Popping a few groundnuts, almonds, cashews or raisins, figs into your mouth can give you energy when you cannot sit down to have a meal.
- Drinking water is by far the most important and buying mineral water can beat into your budget. An alternative is to carry your own water bottle from home and fill it up with potable water from your hotel before you embark every morning on your sightseeing trip.
Following these simple tips will help you keep a tab on your expenses and your holiday need not be so expensive as to make you shy away from planning your next holiday.