Some helpful travel tips by Native Eyewear Ambassador Amanda Basham.

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Cradle Mountain in Australia

I’ve been very fortunate to travel a lot in the last 4 years. Traveling is an experience everyone should have, but unfortunately it’s expensive. Between flights, lodging, rental car, and gear there’s practically no more money left for food. Enjoying the local food is a part of the experience and often you want to work that into your plans. I’ve traveled to several countries in the last couple of years, so I’ve learned a thing or two about eating on a budget.

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Here are my tips to try next time you travel:

Book Lodging with a Kitchen

Typically your best option will be an Airbnb, which tends to save you money on lodging as well. Then you can go to a local grocery store and make the majority of your food. This will save you the most money, especially if you eat as much as I do!

Buy Local Coffee

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then that will be part of your daily decisions. Rather than going out for overpriced coffee every day, buy local coffee beans and make coffee in your room (most days). That will save you roughly $3-5 per person each day while supporting local roasters.

Explore off the Main Streets

Most touristy places have a main downtown area that has several restaurants, coffee shops, and dessert. Try exploring the other streets nearby for more affordable options. From my experience, getting off the main street for food can save you $5-10 per person per meal. Plus, it won’t be as packed.

Use the Eatwith App

Eatwith is an app that lets you schedule a dinner in a locals home where they will cook for you. This isn’t necessarily cheaper per meal, but it’s a two for one—combining food and an experience. You’ll also get to meet people from the area.

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