Dining optionsThe 2nd post in a series of posts about budget travel.

Eating like a King for Dollars

The simplest way to save money when traveling is to eat like the locals. Pick up lunch or snacks at grocery stores. Seek out chain super markets to fill your day pack. You can also eat at street stalls for an authentic culinary adventure. When dining out, step off the main street and check out restaurants on side streets. Prices can drop drastically by simply going one or two blocks off the main road. Martin Wilson, an expatriate in Madrid , Spain , suggests to “keeping an eye for bars that serve you free food or snacks with every drink. A handy way to lower your food cost.” Try to eat a plentiful breakfast, eat lightly at lunch and enjoy a large, delectable dinner.

The Road Less Traveled

Another way to budget travel is to search for fringe destinations, or those untouched places in your backyard. One beautiful, metropolitan city is Buenos Aires, Argentina . You can rent an apartment for less than a hotel and it is still relatively cheap to visit Argentina.

A different traveler, Katrina Ramser, lives in Novato, California – a northern state native who is just a few hours from great wine and beach destinations, “We drive to our destinations, stick to free fun stuff like wineries that do free tastings, and camp on the beach to save expensive lodging bills,” said Ramser when asked about how to keep travel budget down during rough economic times.

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean acting like a pauper. It’s about being smart and adventurous. As you are saving, do spend money on treats such as an amazing dinner, or an activity that you may not have an opportunity to do at home. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with locals soliciting suggestions as they know the terrain. They can usually offer tips that may not be in a guidebook and more cost effective. Check out local cultural, weekly publications for free events, performances, museums exhibits, and other activities that may be low cost.