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How To Eat When You Are Away: Money Saving Tips & Quick Recipes

Eating when you are abroad isn’t just hard, it’s expensive. Going out to eat can really put a dint on your budget. Yes, you probably want to eat at that place everyone is talking about and you saw on the news, but you can’t do that every day. Even if you are really rich, you probably want to watch your diet. Eating out isn’t just bad for your wallet, it’s also not good for your health.


Here are some money saving tips for eating when you are on vacation. 



  • Try to find a hotel with free breakfast. That way, you can serve yourself a nice, big portion of protein to get yourself through the day. You can also take fruit with you from the hotel bar for the rest of the day.
  • Try to have a big breakfast, a medium lunch and a light dinner. That way you’ll be ready for the day and your dinner can be made easily and quickly once you get back to where you are staying
  • A mini-fridge can be used in a very versatile way. Make sure to buy some fruits, some water (buy it at the supermarket, not at the hotel) and refill it with tap water if it’s okay to drink. Cold cuts, cheese and tomatoes are always good to have in there because you can make yourself a nice sandwich or salad with them.
  • If you have access to a kitchen or kitchenette, cook. It will be much easier and better for you than eating out every day.

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  • Oatmeal – An incredible versatile food that you can load up if you want to and can make in the microwave
  • Cereal
  • Milk
  • Cold cuts like ham
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Hummus
  • Some sort of salad dressing like Ranch
  • Salad mix or lettuce
  • Instant soup
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms, peppers and onions
  • Pasta


  • Granola and cereal bars
  • Packets of chips
  • Cheese sticks
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Other fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Yogurt


  • Water
  • Juice boxes
  • You are better off buying the 12-pack of soda for the entirety of your holiday. That way you can pack one in your bag and leave it in the fridge for the night to make sure it’s ice cold when you take it out and begin your day
  • Instant iced tea is also a nice alternative and an easy way to make a cold drink since your hotel will have an ice dispenser

I can hear you saying “Okay, I understand most of those, but what about the ones I have to cook? Well, if your hotel has a microwave, even if you don’t have a stove, you are in luck.

You can have an omelette in a jar, mac and cheese in the microwave, quiche in a mug (it takes all of one minute), or if you want something a little more nutritional, you can always do an egg-stuffed pepper. And if you are the baking type and have bothered to get flour and baking powder, then why not have a coffee cake for dessert?

Remember, eating while being away can be difficult, but you aren’t stuck with the options that are given to you. Just think a little outside the box and you’ll find yourself eating well for the entirety of your holiday.

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