Monday, June 15, 2009

Save Money and Your Waistline While on Vacation

While we were in Europe, I knew no meals would be included, and it turned out that the breakfast at our hotel cost 30 euros which would be about $41! Plus, I was a little concerned about not being able to get enough protein in Belgium (tofu and veggie burgers weren't on the menu at any restaurant I visited), so I filled an insulated lunch box, which I bought from LL Bean, with bars and packets of protein.

Also, when I was at Sandals in Jamaica, where it was all you can eat all the time, I took some boxes of cereal from the breakfast buffet to use in Belgium. When I got to Belgium I bought yogurt and strawberries to mix with my cereal.

Because I brought protein powder, I also brought with me a water bottle and marked the bottle with a permanent maker to show 1 cup of liquid. I figured my room wouldn't have a measuring cup, so I planned this out before I packed. So I would pour the milk to the line, add Jay Robb's protein powder, and then add ice (because I like my protein drinks ice cold) and shake it up until the protein wasn't clumpy.

Because Steve was at a conference with a lunch included, I ate my breakfast and lunch in our hotel room from the above stash. I made sure to get veggies at dinner.
I should note that our room had a small fridge (it was actually mostly filled with things the hotel wanted you to purchase at insane prices), but even without a fridge, you could enjoy a healthy breakfast in your room.
Do you eat all of your meals out while on vacation, do you pack some food or do you stop at the grocery store when you get to your destination?


GreenDogWine said...

Such a smart packer! ;) Can you come pack for me on the next trip I take?

mgaltier said...

I tend to do a bit of both. I take bars and, for domestic trips, fruit, and then visit a grocery at my destination if I can.

Steph said...

Wow, you're definitely well organized and a good planner!!!

We usually always eat out while on vacation. I don't think I've ever brought food or gone food shopping. We do try to make healthy choices when we can.

just me said...

that was some great planning for eating while traveling! i'm def going to be needing those tricks while i'm out vacationing for the next week!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

You're a genius! Great idea! Planning ahead is just very smart!

Great blog! :-)

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