I often feel like one of the biggest expenses when going on vacation is food. Especially if you go to a city that is a tourist attraction it seems the restaurants know where to hit you...in the pocket. I would love to hear all of your suggestions and personal experiences on how to save money on food while traveling. A few things we do: We try and stay in a vacation guest house or condo on Homeaway.com so we can cook our own meals. Our last vacation we hit up a local farmers market and cooked our own dinners every night. If we can't find a cheap enough vacation rental I will try to find a hotel with a fridge and free breakfast. That way we can keep lunch meat and snacks on hand. A free breakfast in the morning can sometimes be sustainable enough that a light lunch is all the is needed. What do you do to save?