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    Pack food or eat out?

    Do you pack food to bring with you while traveling or do you eat out often?

    It was suggested to me that if your staying in a hotel with a mini fridge, buy a few items to make breakfast or lunches, ( cereal, milk, sandwich stuff) and eat only one meal out if you can to save a bit of cash.
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    Yes, it is true that if you do this, it will help you save money; but in Jamaica, most tourists or guests in an all-inclusive hotel don't have to worry about this because everything, including food and drink, is included in the cost you pay for the hotel accommodation. I also found out that there are few places in the world which offer a deal like this.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I sometimes do that....it saves money and tends to stick with my diet more easily. However I don't want to stress too much while on vacation, there are other ways to spend a modest amount and eat well.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Obviously when I'm broke or travelling for work options are more limited.

    But I think eating locally is a huge part of the experience of travelling someplace new. I love finding new cuisines and dishes, and eating in ways or places that I haven't before. It's also a great way of discovering a town or country; follow the foods and you'll end up seeing new things and meeting new people

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I agree, sometimes the best part of traveling is the food experiences!

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I really depends on where you are and if you have children with you. I try to get hotels with a kitchen so I can have breakfast and snacks in the room and sometimes lunch. It's always nice if travelling to have dinners out to experience the area that you are visiting.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Ooh, good point, I imagine traveling with kids complicates things in all sorts of areas, including your dining options and scheduling.

    And I do love a nice hotel breakfast buffet

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    I do pack food for breakfast or snack when we travel. Most of the time there is a refrigerator and a microwave so it's okay to pack food. We usually eat breakfast in the room. I think it's a great idea, because you can save money. It's more expensive if you will eat out all the time while travelling.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Well, when it's a short trip, and unless I have a suite... I usually eat out. When I go on a trip to another country or state in my own country, I like ''all inclusive'' trips. So I have access to open bar I like to go to resorts, because that way I can have access to a lot different restaurants nad don't have to be finding restaurants to eat at. I'd have having to cook during my holidays :/

    Right now i have no kids tho, so this might change soon. Because once you have kids... it's harder to have good and not so expensive holidays.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Oh I forgot to add: for road trips eating at roadside diners and truck stops is a vital part of the experience

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    It really depends where you are and how you're traveling. I would say that if you're roadtripping, it's fun to stop at the diners and little mom and pop restaurants along the way (this becomes especially true in the south). Food trucks are great too for eating good cheap food if you're in a city that has them (Austin, New York, Philadelphia, etc).

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Quote Originally Posted by zlemune View Post
    Oh I forgot to add: for road trips eating at roadside diners and truck stops is a vital part of the experience
    Road food! haha absolutely . Sometimes you find surprisingly good places that way.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I guess it is dependent on what you want and if you want to splurge on a vacation or business trip. Whatever the purpose of travelling, you can do what you need to do to save a bit of cash here and there. Personally, I enjoy eating out. I love trying new foods and tasting foods from various cultures. Food is a passion of mine.

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    Definitely try to eat a few meals out so you can experience the local food. Try and mix it up so that sometimes your eating breakfast out and sometimes lunch, because the foods are entirely different. But packing some food and eating in definitely helps keep cost down. And I find that if I go out for dinner I often have enough left over for lunch or dinner the next day.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    If you are staying in a Motel then yes that is a very good idea. If you have the luxury of a camper or RV with a cook stove, your best option is to stock it up for the whole trip. Should you need to, make a grocery list that way you stay on budget and are still able to visit the places you want to without blowing through your vacation money. It will save you a lot of money worries while traveling on vacation.

    When I was a child we would only have an Ice Chest to put all of our cold things in for a trip. My parents would still keep us from eating out at all meals. In today's society though we now can have a small fridge in our vehicle to take milk, cheese, eggs, etc...etc along with us to refrain from eating out every meal. I definitely think it is best to bring as much meal prep things with you to save on the cash you have for the trip.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I tend to do a bit of both when I travel, although for short breaks it tends to be packing food to save costs and then towards the end try local cuisine so you get the best of both worlds. Although in hotels I have stayed in, breakfast is normally offered and with it being the US I'm normally pleasantly full until dinner which in turn saves more money.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I always pack snacks because I learned from being in CHINA AIRLINES plane for 10 hours or more and was only served two meals .No snack in between. I was starving. So I learned to bring my own snack. Another time too that my flight was delayed so bad that when they put us in a hotel ,it was midnight so I couldn't room service or anything and I was pretty hungry as well. I travel for the food for sure. When I went to NY,I spent a lot of times trying out the places to eat in Main Street.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flavia View Post
    I guess it is dependent on what you want and if you want to splurge on a vacation or business trip. Whatever the purpose of travelling, you can do what you need to do to save a bit of cash here and there. Personally, I enjoy eating out. I love trying new foods and tasting foods from various cultures. Food is a passion of mine.
    Same here I think there is no point in packing food when you're out on a trip, after all... that's the point a vacation, isn't it? Staying away from the kitchen at least for a while! That's something I really appreciate and that's why I love saturdays and friday, because I know that during those two days I'll not be working like a slave inside the kitchen For me that's as good as holiday!

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Actually, I have never packed food before. I always eat out. I find it more fun and exciting that way. You get to experience so much more than just sitting in and eating the same old food everyday.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I'm not a big fan of packing sandwiches because I don't like deli meat so much because it tends to make for a soggy/mushy breaded sandwich :/ So I do buy snacks like pretzels, fruits and veggies, beef jerky, and some junk foods too for longer trips and usually I eat these things for breakfast or lunch and then go out to dinner. I think it depends on how long the trip is and where I'll be heading through...

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Well that depends widely on your budget. If you have a very strict budget, I would say pack where you know food is expensive and try eating out only where you know is affordable.
    That being said, I would definitely eat out if I could! Culinary is a part of the culture and it's definitely a part of the whole experience. So I think eating out is just as important as visiting the famous places. You get to know more about the place you are at when you eat out. You experience the local food, how it's prepared, how the restaurants environments are. So if you can, it's worth eating out at least once in a while!

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I always say pack a few staples, like breakfast bars or the like, since you never know what could happen while travelling. There can be a wait for a restaurant, a power failure, weather issues. I always say be prepared no matter what.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    Quote Originally Posted by JessiFox View Post
    Road food! haha absolutely . Sometimes you find surprisingly good places that way.
    Nothing like a good road trip and finding the "diamonds" along the way...even if they appear a bit rough!

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    I am not a fan of cooking big meals while on vacation, even if I am in a place with a kitchen. I have saved money and kept from eating too much junk food by buying fruit and healthier snacks to have at the hotel. It makes a difference and is better than chips and chocolate from the vending machines.

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    Re: Pack food or eat out?

    We tend to pack food for our trips. The exceptions that we make are the fact that we might stop for lunch somewhere local (lunch is cheaper than dinner) and eat for a cheaper price and then enjoy sandwiches and a salad that night. We do quite a bit of camping while we travel so we of course take camp friendly food. I must admit that I do like to sample the local flavors and we try to as often as we can.

 

 
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