Travel Food Budget - Tips and Advice.
Reduce your travel food budget by using this helpful information from experienced travellers. Save money and eat well!
Food really is one item of expenditure that none of us can avoid. For our 5 person family, our travel food budget is our single largest cost as we travel, accounting for nearly 40% of our discretionary expenditure on our 35 week trip in 2008, averaging $314 per week.
We spent more than twice the amount on food than we did on accommodation, which even surprised us!
On a similar style of trip in 2006, we averaged $302 per week on our travel food budget. Reducing your travel food budget can have a major impact on your overall budget.
To put this expenditure into context, so you can work out if this information is relevant to you, you may find the following details about us helpful:
- Our family consists of 5 people: Mum, Dad, 3 children, aged 4, 6, and 8 in 2008.
- We travel in a 4WD & caravan, camping in a mixture of caravan parks, national parks, and free campsites. We basically do all our own cooking and food preparation.
- At home, our equivalent weekly spend is approximately $250.
- We eat a healthy mixed diet of bread, cereals, fruit, veg, nuts, meat, dairy, and a few supermarket type snacks eg crackers, sweet biscuits, chips.
- The figures quoted above include all supermarket-type grocery items eg toiletries, cleaning products, and in some towns we purchased drinking water.
- These figures include bakery & butcher, and occasional fast food, eg hot chips, noodle bar or subway meals, and a very occasional meal at a pub.
- Grocery shopping is done as frugally as possible. ie at large supermarkets, stocking up on sale items, and so on.
Travel Food Budget Tips
These are general tips, and will not necessarily be true for every town/every situation.
We hope these tips will be helpful for you in reducing your own travel food budget.
Tips for Keeping Your Travel Food Budget in Check AND Eating Out While Travelling
- Ask the locals where they like to eat out. It's always a much better guide than simply asking "Where is the best place to eat?" By asking the locals where they eat, you'll likely find a better meal at a lower cost.
- Eat out at lunch time when menu prices are usually much lower. Or purchase a 'lunch special' and reheat it for your evening meal. (Chinese and Noodle Box restaurants are great for lunch specials.)
- For a cheap treat: McDonalds sell 50c soft-serve ice-cream cones.
- Subway restaurants sell a variety of good-value healthy rolls. They often have a "subway of the day" special, from as low as $5.95 for a foot long subway. Cut it in half and it makes a cheap healthy meal for 2 people!
- Don't buy food at airports or at major tourist attractions. The food is generally terribly unhealthy as well as exorbitantly priced.
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