Cooking while travelling
Travelling can be a major expense in itself and one of the fastest ways to burn through a travel budget is by eating your meals out. Yeah it is great to try the local cuisines but it isn’t always good for your bank balance. That is why I am a firm believer in cooking while travelling. Don’t get me wrong, not all of the time, just most of the time as I do like to go out as well. Here are some pointers for making cooking while travelling as easy as possible.
Stay in accommodation that includes a kitchen
This could be a campervan, caravan, apartment, house, a hotel room with a kitchenette or a hostel with kitchen facilities. The accommodation may cost you a few more dollars however it will help provide you with flexibility to avoid pricey restaurant bills by allowing you to cook. With access to a fridge and basic cooking facilities you can make yourself nutritious and cheap meals. I like HostelWorld and booking.com for finding different accommodation with cooking facilities for myself and my family.
Plan your menu/s and buy the basics
Thinking about what you would like to cook, planning your menu and buying the basics will help you save while travelling. This can be time consuming trapesing around town but at the same time it is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. You will be able to shop at local markets and supermarkets with the locals which is something you may not have done if you choose to eat in restaurants all the time and these foreign grocery stores and markets are fascinating and confusing places. You can save money by purchasing at the markets and may find yourself eating some of the freshest seasonal local ingredients around.
Easy menus and what to do with leftovers
Some of my favourite meals include (and by the way, more suggestions can be found in my travelling cookbook Travellers Fare – Fast and Fabulous Meals for Travellers):
Bread stick and cheese and maybe add some salami.
A piece of Steak/chicken/fish with salad.
Salads on their own.
Pasta sauce with my choice of pasta.
Egg based meals such as ommelettes.
Stir fry packed with vegetables.
Rice dishes (I often use leftovers, onion, vegietables, etc. and make a fried rice).
What to do with leftovers can be problem but if you think about your menus then hopefully the leftovers will travel with you the next day. Such as a boiled egg or salami on sandwiches. Breakfast foods are good to carry. Cereal and bread does travel OK however, a fridge will come in handy for milk and butter. Purchasing some Tupperware or sealable lunch bags will be a great idea and come in very handy.
I hope this information will help you on your next trip to save money while you are travelling. Check out my ebook Traveller’s Fare—Fast and Fabulous meals for travellers. It is a guide that provides easy to make meals that don’t take longer than 60 minutes cause when you are on the road the last thing you want is to be stuck in a foreign kitchen trying to make something edible.
The meals included in this cookbook have been supplied by travellers who have cooked these meals ‘on the road’. They are:
Easy to make
Require little preparation and few cooking utensils
Yummy and nutritious
Relatively cheap to buy ingredients
Ingredients are readily available (hopefully)
All recipes take under 60 minutes to make
Are aimed at single travellers but can be adapted to include couples and families.
You too can now make fast, fabulous and nutritious meals while on the road that hopefully will save you money for future travels.