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Pinch Pennies and Travel the World

It’s wonderful to be able to travel the world and visit all of the amazing places around the globe. From the Eiffel Tower to the Sahara Desert to the Great Wall of China to the gorgeous Australian outback, the world has so many wonderful adventures for you! All it takes is the time, money, and will to travel.

If you’re going to travel, here’s how you can do it the smart, penny-pinching way:

  • Room + Meals – You can splurge on a resort when taking your honeymoon or vacation, and you’ll find that many resorts offer your meals included when you book a room. Try to find packaged deals that offer all of your meals, as that will save you A LOT of money that would be spent on eating out!
  • Book a Room with a Kitchen – Don’t want to eat out every day? Book a room that has a kitchen included, and you can cook/prepare most of your meals in the hotel room. It’s much cheaper to purchase groceries and prepare your own food. It may not be as delicious, but it’s the best way to pinch pennies while traveling!
  • Find Cooked Meals -- Did you know that you can stay at places that will offer you cooked meals as part of the package? Monasteries, language schools, cultural homestays, and WWOOFing farms are all great places where you can stay with someone who will cook for you–in exchange for work, sometimes.
  • Take a Food Tour -- Want to know EXACTLY where to eat during your vacation? On your first day in town, take a food tour. You’ll learn everything you need to know about eating at all the right places, and you can get a taste of the local delicacies without having to take too many health risks!
  • Visit Local Colleges – The only people more broke than travelers: college students. If you want to find the cheapest food and lodging, always visit the area near the universities. You’ll find awesome deals and budget-friendly restaurants. You may even be able to eat at the college cafeteria. You may not get gourmet food, but you’ll save a lot!
  • Find the Local Eateries -- NEVER eat in the tourist areas unless there are eateries that offer amazing deals. The best thing to do is to head to the places frequented by the locals, as the prices in these places are much lower. The back streets and places away from the tourist traps is where you will find REAL local food.
  • Pack a Picnic -- Instead of eating out when taking a walk, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the middle of your day out. You can find simple picnic foods in just about every country around the world, and they are fairly cheap and easy to enjoy no matter where you are. Bread, cheese, and ham make for epic picnic foods, or you can find whatever serves as the local “picnic”.
  • Have Snacks Handy -- Stop at a supermarket or farmer’s market and buy yourself a few snacks. Carry them around with you and munch every time you get hungry. It can save you a fortune on meals at the end of the day.
  • Hit Up Happy Hour -- Every country has happy hour, though it may be at a different time of day. Happy Hour is the one hour in the day when alcohol (and often food) is very cheap, so it’s the perfect time to sit at a bar and chill with cheap appetizers, beer, and other drinks.
  • Do One Meal a Day -- Just because you’re trying to pinch pennies, that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of food while traveling. Make sure to eat at least one hearty, quality meal per day, and you’ll enjoy your travels a whole lot more!

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