Travelling Smart: Should You Buy or Bring Your Own Food?

I remember having a similar problem when deciding whether to purchase or rent specialist tools for my handyman and DIY needs. Luckily, I came across a decent article that made me decide.

Before we discuss whether you should bring or buy food when traveling, allow me to share with you my experience with tools first.


One of the upsides of having my own equipment is that it’s available for me anytime I need it, and I can do whatever I want with it. I can use it for as long as I want without having to worry about the rental fee increasing. I also won’t have to make a single call or an arrangement to wait whether the tool I need is available or not. It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to worry about returning it. To be honest, the most significant advantage was that I was able to save money.

Upsides of Bringing Your Own Food

Likewise, I found that the best way to save money when traveling is to bring meals and snacks. Sure, the task of preparing food for a long journey may be daunting, but it’s still worth it. Anyone on a short or long trip would definitely appreciate how much money can be saved. Before traveling, you should pack meals that are light, easy to carry, don’t require a lot of fussiness to eat, and can be satisfying as well. It’s essential to note that the food you should pack must be travel-friendly. The ingredients and the type of food you’ll bring will depend on how long your journey will take. Remember, some food may be spoiled after a few days.


Another advantage of taking your own food with you is that you can eat anywhere, anytime. It’s also the advantage I’ve mentioned earlier when having your own handyman tools. No more waiting in line for a fast food meal, no more waiting for a fancy meal that costs lots of dollars, and no more suffering for your tummy. You can eat whenever you feel, and you’ll have no competition.

Tips for Buying Food When Traveling

However, if you’re going on an unexpected trip and you have no time to prepare your own packed meals, then there’s no other choice but to purchase smartly to still be able to save money. How? Follow the tips below.

  • Order small quantities of pay-by-weight food.
  • Order only what you can eat. Don’t just order one of everything because they look tasty.
  • Check out markets and small bakeries in the afternoon—they usually sell baked goods at half price!
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    Street food in Israel

    Purchase street food from street vendors. They are cheap and won’t harm your wallet. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy some of their local delicacies without having to spend too much. The only downside about this is that the street food can be risky as they could cause your stomach to be upset. So just be really careful.


And there you have it! Now you can travel smart and eat smart!

Neapolitan pizza

10 European Must-Try Food and Drinks and Where to Find Them

Europe will always be on many travelers dream destinations for a lot of great reasons. The history, architecture, art, and culture are just some of the top reasons to go. Add authentic and traditional cuisines to the list and it would be hard to resist taking those dream European trips once city or more at a time. Here are some of the best European food and drinks you need to try and the best places to savor them.

Beer in Belgium
Belgian Beer in Bruges
Belgium has its own share of must-try foods like its famous Belgian waffles and moules-frites. But if you have to narrow it down to one thing, go for the beer. Beer drinking in the country, especially in cities like Bruges and Brussels can be a sublime experience. Choose from among the country’s great tasting brews – from popular brands to under-the-radar beer offerings. Cheers and enjoy!

Crepes in France
Paris crepes
With French cuisine being known as one of the best in the world, you might wonder why you have to try crepes from among the possible dishes to choose from. The simple answer is because the country does it best. From sweet to savory, you can have your pick of scrumptious crepes like Nutella or ham and cheese.

Currywurst in Germany
Leaving Germany without trying at least one of its many varieties of wurst or sausages would seem like a sacrilege. And currywurst is right on top of the must-try versions of sausages you can enjoy while in the country. If you are wondering just how popular currywurst is, just know that Berlin has a museum entirely devoted to it.

Full English Breakfast in England
English Breakfast
This dish lives up to its name – a filling meal consisting of meat like ham, beans, black pudding, and tomatoes. And that is just one version of it. Some may even have bacons, sausages, toast, and other treats that will leave you feeling full for a long time.

Goulash in Hungary
Hungarian goulash
Goulash or ‘gulyas” refers to a soup dish made with chunks of meat like beef, onions, paprika, green pepper, potatoes, and tomatoes. Unlike most stews from other countries with a thick consistency, Hungarian goulash is known for its clear and thin broth.

Köttbullar in Sweden
Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) is a world-renowned dish made more famous by IKEA that serves it in its many stores worldwide. It is made with ingredients that include ground beef or pork, breadcrumbs, and onions.

Moussaka in Greece
Moussaka is a lasagna like dish made with meat, aubergine or eggplant, béchamel sauce, and onions.

Paella in Spain
Paella de marisco
Paella is a dish made with rice, meat, seafood, vegetables, and stock. It has many varieties like the paella Valenciana, paella de verduras (vegetarian), paella de marisco (seafood), paella mixta (mixed), and more.

Pizza in Italy
Neapolitan pizza
Italy is synonymous with glorious food. Picking just one food to try may be tough. But you cannot go wrong with Italian pizza, specifically Neapolitan pizza. If you get the chance to travel to Naples, make sure not to leave without sampling the city’s world-famous pizzas.

Stroopwafel in Netherlands
Herring may be the first food that comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands. But for sweet lovers, you simply have to try the country’s delightful gift to the world of snacks and desserts – the stroopwafel. The best way to enjoy it is do what the locals do, put one on top of our coffee cup or mug and let it warm. Bite, chew, and savor the tastes and textures of waffle mixed with gooey syrup for a sublime sweet experience.