How to eat cheap while traveling

Hi guys,

I will travel different countries in europe next 2 weeks but the problem is i'm poor as hell. Can you give me suggestions about how to eat cheap? My only goal is surviving i don't care about local foods or anything because I can't afford it.

Only thing came to my mind is can food from lidl.. (mostly beans)

  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Never eat in reataurants. Buy sandwich makings or street food in local markets and make your own.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Makes sense, buy a loaf of bread, a pound of beef, half a pound of cheese, tomato, a bag of lettuce, a jar of banana peppers, make a sandwich, eat another sandwich for dinner, toss 75% of the food away that night or the next morning because you aren't carrying a refridgerator with you.

      What a dummy.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's almost like you've never heard of cured meats or hard cheese. Man I wonder what people did back in the day??

        Where are you going OP? In places like the Czech Republic you can get by on the equivalent of like $10 a day which is around $140 total for 2 weeks. Just buy bread/cured meats/canned fish/hard cheeses/apples/etc. I tried a meal replacement drink called Mana that was good and would cost less than $10 a day if you only drank that.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        You should be able to get the meat and cheese in smaller quantities, if you can pay the slight premium for them to slice it for you. I remember buying sandwich fixings by the hectogram in Italy. Bread you can buy in individual rolls as needed.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Local markets in many parts of Europe are more expensive than local shops. They often overprice their shit because urbanites have no idea of the value of food.

      For OP, your best friends will be supermarkets, and small businesses such as bakeries, take aways, or fast foods. Sometimes some small mom and pops restaurants are cheap enough to provide you a nice hearty meal.
      There are more and more supermarkets that provide a sitting area with microwave.

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Supermarkets, especially the hour before closing time.

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    What does "poor" mean to you? Are you a bum or just a budget traveler? If you identify as the latter, you can still eat at restaurants if you know what to look for and if you are not traveling in Switzerland, Nordic countries, or some other expensive place. For example, in most European countries, u can get döner kebabs for just a couple of euros.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you guys for all seems like i do everything you mentioned except restarurants in shitty neighborhoods.

      Budget traveler from Turkey. Yeah döner etc. is cheapest but i can't pay 5 Euro for every meal. Because if i eat 2 meal a day it makes 10 Euro a day and i can't afford to pay 150 Euro in Total just for food. I need to minimise it under 70-80

      It's super unhealthy and I don't know if an equivalent exists in Europe but when I was traveling across the US last year I ate a ton of McDonald's. I used to think it wasn't worth it but when you order through the app there are a ton of deals and discounts. You're basically trading advertising data for coupons but it's worth it. I would average $2/meal when I did this. I was doing a ton of hiking in national parks and walking in cities so I let myself justify it that way, if your trip is gonna be more sedentary I would never recommend it for health reasons.

      Thank you, i was also doing this. seems reasonable. But Eating from there it's kind of pampering myself (for me).

      It's almost like you've never heard of cured meats or hard cheese. Man I wonder what people did back in the day??

      Where are you going OP? In places like the Czech Republic you can get by on the equivalent of like $10 a day which is around $140 total for 2 weeks. Just buy bread/cured meats/canned fish/hard cheeses/apples/etc. I tried a meal replacement drink called Mana that was good and would cost less than $10 a day if you only drank that.

      Germany, Spain, france, netherlands

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        McDonald’s in France is like 8 euros for a proper menu, if not more.
        Unless you get the happy meal for 4 euros.
        Again, your best bet will be supermarkets and a microwave. Many supermarkets have a microwave near the entrance.
        But a microwaveable meal costs about 3 to 5 euros so yeah, it’s gonna get tough.

        In France, if you order a sandwich by the counter in cafés, it shouldn’t exceed 4 euros. In most places it’s around 3 euros and tap water is free and common.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Germany, Spain, france

        >Because if i eat 2 meal a day it makes 10 Euro a day and i can't afford to pay 150 Euro in Total just for food.

        I've been to those three countries. Definitely the hardest one was southern France. Everything was super expensive. A shitty sandwich was 10 euro and a proper meal was 22. Even a kebob was 8.

        What I personally do is eating shitty meals most of the week. In barcelona a slice of pizza is 2.75. Or I used to go a pakistani place where every plate was 3.50. Great value. Otherwise I'd cook or have shit supermarket food like canned beans for example. And once a week I'd go to a decent normal place and pay around 5-8 euro for a proper meal with good chicken and a salad. Trying to balance things out. Just drink water and refil at free fountains since that will save you a minimum of 1 euro per meal. Look for latino places too. Food tends to be decent and it caters to a population that obsessively tries to save money.

  4. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why travel if you can't afford to enjoy it?

  5. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hummus and a baguette

  6. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Theft
    Dumpster diving
    Hunting. remember pigeons are nutritious
    or maybe just buy multipacks of own brand protein bars from a cheap supermarket i dunno

  7. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Master the art of fasting.

    Semi-serious

  8. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you're in small towns and rural areas in western Europe, you don't have much choice but making your own meals and supermarkets' prepared meals close to closing time. In bigger cities you can find cafeterias, food courts, Ikea's (do they still have cheap food?), vendors in ethnic ghettos, etc. When buying/making your own food, remember that carbs are cheap and you just need to find good protein. Roasted chicken is universally cheap, in some places different types of fish are cheap.
    If you only look at food as fuel then you'll be okay.

  9. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Many supermarkets sell pre-made food or food cooked there for barely any money. You can get chicken with some baked potatoes for 3-5€.

  10. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can of beans

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    grocery store, sales section
    later end of of the day items like fresh bread goes on sale
    the hot counter might close soon, but if an item has sat for a while or its about to close they can be discounted

    what countries you choose may have some cuisine specific cheap foods to try - like portugal tinned fish is worth considering if you'd like the taste

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Supermarket, literally just buy shit that's heavily discounted because it's about to go out of date.

    t. Irishfag, I do this myself at my local Tesco, you can even get nice shit like smoked salmon sometimes and it also means you get to be a little adventurous generally since your buying whatever happens to be discounted

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Walk into hotels in the early morning looking like you belong and eat from the breakfast buffet. If caught, act like a stupid tourist that doesn't speak the language.

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Buy weight gainer/ protein powder for bodybuilding and make shakes with some milk (cheap as hell in europe)

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was buying 2 euro gyros in athens. Solid value.
    Say what cunt you are in otherwise it's just useless.

  16. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's super unhealthy and I don't know if an equivalent exists in Europe but when I was traveling across the US last year I ate a ton of McDonald's. I used to think it wasn't worth it but when you order through the app there are a ton of deals and discounts. You're basically trading advertising data for coupons but it's worth it. I would average $2/meal when I did this. I was doing a ton of hiking in national parks and walking in cities so I let myself justify it that way, if your trip is gonna be more sedentary I would never recommend it for health reasons.

  17. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I went to Sweden shit like McDicks is pretty expensive there. If you want to eat for the absolute cheapest, just buy canned food and a can opener and cook it yourself.

    The absolute most vagrant idea I can think of is to do above, collect some sticks and rocks and make a firepit, get a Cricket, find some scrap metal for a grill (optional) and just heat the shit out of the can and eat it with your hands.

  18. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Heres your cheap eats in Euro

    Plan 1, get cheap bread rolls and peanut butter (This will last in your bag, and is super high calorie, can make up the majority of a days food if you can't find anything else)

    Plan 2 humus (if cheap) is more pleasant than Peanut butter, but you can typically only use it for one big meal.

    Plan 3 baked good either from super market or bakery, these typically give you slightly more variety and nutrition. There are different types all over euro, all pretty good

    Plan 4, Sandwiches, either again from supermarket or bakery, These can be more fun since, most places in Euro have good places to get cheap sandwhiches

    Plan 5: Local street food, depends on the location how cheap it will be. If all else fails, kebabs are cheap all over europe.

    Plan 6 Supermarket bread rolls and cheap ham or cheese.

    Plan 7, Supermarket Kous Kous and or pasta salad.

    Plan 8 (Devious Lick). Remember alchol in most european countries is the cheapest calorie-price ratio. A box wine or 9% hobo bear makes a fine and interesting diner.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      9. Mcdonalds app, usually has an offer to eat a shitload of food for like 4 Euro.

  19. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Breakfast: nuts and cheese
    Lunch: sandwich
    Dinner: both of the above

  20. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Eat whatever you want and put it on a credit card like we Americans do

  21. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's fairly easy to eat the way you eat at home, buying raw ingredients and making your own meals. The only thing you have to consider is storage of ingredients and what cooking equipment you have access to. Since you say you're 'poor as hell' I assume you'll be staying in shared accommodation or bottom of the barrel hotels. Funnily enough, in my experience most shared accommodation will have far better kitchens than shitty hotels will. There's plenty of 'no-cook' food out there, like deli meats, bread and spreads, cheese and crackers, fruit. If you have a pan available as well, you're pretty much good to cook anything you want, scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, I've seen people cook some great shit in a little hostel kitchen.

  22. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just haggle kebab owners down from their prices, usually works as anything over 3 quid is too much.

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