Eating Well on a Travel Budget

Written by Jed Clark

When you're traveling it can be difficult to find good food at reasonable prices especially if you happen to be staying in a big city that has an established food and restaurant culture. When you're faced with a budget, you want to try and maximize your enjoyment per buck. If you want to eat well and samplerepparttar local cuisine for a budget price, you'll need to do a little research to find that perfect restaurant that offers a balance between quality and price.

First, check with your hotel or hostel and inquire whether breakfast is included in your stay. In Europe many hotels provide breakfast. If you're hotel does provide breakfast, don't skip it in favor for paying for food elsewhere. Some of my most memorable meals were hostel breakfasts that were nothing more that a roll, butter, jam and some coffee with milk. Hotel and hostel breakfasts are also a great way to get to know other guests.

One option for budget eating is to eat at a chain restaurant that you a familiar with, such as McDonald's, Burger King or Kentucky Fried Chicken. You can find a McDonald's about anywhere world-wide. I made my way through Rome using a free McDonald's map that in addition to indicating allrepparttar 148247 tourist attractions had a mark for every McDonald's in Rome. However, if you want to become familiar withrepparttar 148248 culture ofrepparttar 148249 country you are visiting, eating at a fast food restaurant is not a good option.

Another option is to buy groceries and make your own food. If you don't have a fridge or hot plate in your hotel room, this option may not be very feasible. Still, you can buy items that don't need to be heated and make a meal out of those. When I was in Florence, a loaf of bread, parma ham and cheese coupled with a Chianti made a very nice picnic that I enjoyed thoroughly. Make sure you try to sample items fromrepparttar 148250 local cuisine.

Eating one or two meals a day from a street vendor or take-out restaurant may also be a good way to still eat great, but save some money. In Paris, I got great ham and cheese sandwiches from a street vendor for lunch. They were delicious, kept me going and didn't breakrepparttar 148251 budget. When I was at a conference in Washington D.C., I discovered a little convenience store that made fresh egg and cheese sandwiches on toast to order. They sold them for only $2.00 and I ate there every morning.

Playing Golf On Ana's Eyeball

Written by Steve Gillman

As we drove from Traverse City, Michigan to Tucson, Arizona, I wrote a series of letters, and photocopied them to send to family and friends. This wasrepparttar first ofrepparttar 148120 three.

Travel Letter #1

Saturday, 12/13/03 - Good morning. Welcome to our vacation form letter. We're in Arizona now. The sun is shining and it will be inrepparttar 148121 sixties today, which should meltrepparttar 148122 ice onrepparttar 148123 windows soon. Ana's foot doesn't seem to be broken, as we thought, so we took a long walk inrepparttar 148124 desert last night. We saw a coyote, probablyrepparttar 148125 same one I chasedrepparttar 148126 other day, and there were javelina tracks everywhere.

The library in Safford has books in Spanish, so Ana is enjoying reading now that her eye-patch is off. The doctor promised thatrepparttar 148127 "divet" left by his golf-club-like blade will heal soon. We learned that eyeballs have many nerve endings, and we thinkrepparttar 148128 object in her eye may have been a fiber from a yucca plant.

Our uncontrollable coughs are under control now, and we aren't amongrepparttar 148129 ten people in Arizona that died fromrepparttar 148130 flu this week. Oh, andrepparttar 148131 antibiotics fromrepparttar 148132 Safford clinic seem to have helped with Ana's abcessed tooth.

I should start atrepparttar 148133 beginning. The first day, after dealing withrepparttar 148134 usual rudeness ofrepparttar 148135 INS employees in Detroit, we made it to Kansas. We hit a traffic cone there at high speed, and heard a horrible sound coming from underrepparttar 148136 van. The cone, I discovered, had been dragging along underneath. Nothing was broken, but laterrepparttar 148137 bright light switch stopped working.

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