A Poor Girl’s Guide to Eating Kind-Of Right on the Road


Traveling to a foreign country on a shoestring budget? Eating clean, and like a Queen, isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. You can travel on a budget and eat kind-of right on a budget too. There’s ways to do this and ensure our tummies are happy at the same time.

Skip the Gringo Menu: 

Whether you are noshing at a tucked-away pizzeria down a cobbled-stone alleyway in Italy, or dining at a five star-restaurant on the sandy beaches of Mexico, remember this: menu items are sometimes called “The Tourist Sampler”. These are often an inflated version of items you can purchase on the  à la carte for cheaper. In other words, try to go for the menu items that are not listed in your language. Sure you may not know exactly what you are ordering, but isn’t that the thrill of it all?

Eat Street Food in Moderation: 

Of course eating cheaply doesn’t always mean that it’s good for you. But a taco that is overflowing with cured meats and drooling caramelized veggies out the sides…. oh. my. goodness. Sometimes, you just can’t resist. So, keeping your figure in mind, limit yourself to eating at a street-stand once every two days (that’s one meal,every two-days only folks).  If you replace one meal a day with street food, choose to eat a lighter dinner, or lunch… you get the point. Also, it’s best to avoid theses stands after pulling an all-nighter at the clubs, cause once you start….you cant…you wont… stop.

Check out the Local Grocery Stores

That unassuming corner you walk by everyday probably has some of the best food or snacks you could ever imagine. I bet it’s cheap too. Many times while traveling we forget to check out where the locals shop for their fresh fare. It’s cleaner, it’s healthier, and it’s almost always cheaper. Sure you may get a few funny looks for treading into local turf, but again, that’s the experience of it all. Just make sure you are courteous and understand the common customs of the country you are traveling in before making too much of a “scene”.

Don’t fret about missing out on good food while traveling on a shoestring budget, these are ways to eat moderately healthy on the road that will open up your options for food choices. You will still get to indulge in all the mouthwatering flavors abroad!


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Since a young age Jenna has always had an undeviating desire to explore the world and all its hidden niches. This desire has catapulted her willingly into some of the most memorable experiences of her life! Starting with delivering shoes to underserved villages in the Dominican Republic to bussing it down through Mexico and Central America, she currently lives and works in Cochabamba, Bolivia and believes experiencing first hand what foreign culture is really like, serves as her ultimate passion.


  1. Great post! The tips are a great way to eat local food, and stretch your budget allowing you to maybe travel a little longer or do something that you might not be able to afford otherwise. Thanks!

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