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Save Money on Meals When You travel

Everybody needs to cut back now and again, but nobody wants to give up their well-earned vacation time and chance to get away. And if you’re finding the money a bit tight this year, there are some surefire ways to cut back on your travel expenses and still have the time of your life. Outside of air travel and lodging, one of the biggest expenses is providing your meals, but with some wise planning and discipline, you can save hundreds of dollars on your food bill.

If you are planning a trip to include the major cities, you will have plenty of options for saving on your meal plan. Rural, spa and resort destinations cannot afford you the food choices you need to save money, so instead of booking two weeks at a fancy spa, you might wish to book a place like Los Angeles, San Diego or London for your next trip.

The most expensive places to eat are normally those located inside the four and five star hotels. If you are staying in an urban area, get a copy of the phone book and locate the nearest grocery store. There are abundant food choices located in the store deli with sandwich meats, soups and fresh fruit, costing a fraction of what you would pay for a single plate at a hotel buffet table. In addition, the grocery store offers larger portions that can be carried over to another meal.

Another way to save on your meals is to take a few lunches with you in your suitcase. If you are flying, the airline restrictions are tight, so what you will carry needs to be manufacturer sealed, liquid free and light weight. The perfect lunch or snack to pack are a few dry protein powder mixtures and few granola bars. A combination of seven high protein supplements can eliminate the need for seven meals abroad and save you significant money at the end of the week.

Wherever you plan to go this year, do your research online and find out as much as you can about the dining options near the hotel you will be staying. Travel forums are a great place to learn where others dined, what they paid and the quality of the meals. The last thing you want to do is show up at the hotel, be famished upon arrival, and have no second choice to the main restaurant or room service. Knowledge is power, and where you will eat while on tour can be under your thumb before you depart if you study-up on your travel destination and its environs.

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