As it was cold, between -7 degrees celsius and 7 degrees celsius, going out for a meal sometimes was not that enticing after a day of site seeing, or early in the morning. Not to mention the expense, and being sick of eating out at times.
Pack a cheap, $7.50 toasted sandwich maker. We picked ours up from Target and it was a prize possession.
A toasted sandwich with:
We could also 'toast' bread in the mornings and top with Vegemite we had brought with us from home.
We left the toastie maker behind at our last hotel, it had served us well but other prize possessions had now been purchased along the way!
If going to Europe in particular pack a kettle, again a cheapo one is fine and you can leave it behind at the end. Lots of hotels do not supply a kettle. We used it for mum and dad to enjoy a tea or coffee and the kids and I a hot chocolate. Some instant noodles and soup were also consumed along the way. May not be the nutritious of food choices, but handy, with weary travellers and better than some types of take away.
Visit local supermarkets and markets for produce. I found the staples like fruit, vegetables, dairy and breads to be cheaper and some of better quality. We purchased fresh raspberries for 1 euro a punnet, bargain! Yoghurts and bread were particular standouts in quality and variety for price. Yoghurt with muesli at breakfast, bread for our toasted sandwich or for lunch.
It was fun to see the different foods.
Eat a range of cuisines and ask around for recommendations. You don't have to stick to local cuisine all the time. My son, Matthew loves trying New foods so he would check out Trip Advisor's recommendations for the local area and we would go there. Very much like in my home town of Melbourne you can eat a variety of cuisine in most of these cities. We ate Japanese in Prague at a very hip new restaurant, Vietnamese in prague and in Budapest, Italian in Salzburg and of course some local national dishes too.
Food is such a part of life and culture that is a fun part of travelling. I think part of my luggage on long trips will always include a toasted sandwich maker.
Some of you may have seen some of my Facebook and Instagram posts, with holiday snaps of the recent family trip to parts of Europe.
We covered some gorgeous towns in Germany between Frankfurt and Munich looking at the famous Christmas markets, as well as Berlin and then on to the cities of Salzburg, Prague and Budapest. A fair bit of ground covered in just under one month, with my parents and two children.
It was a return home after 63 years after immigrating to Australia for my mum and my dad's first trip to Europe at the age of 80 years. It was a wonderful trip.There are a few food related tips I thought I would share with fellow travellers.
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