Have you ever seen $40-a-Day? It’s one of my favorite shows to watch, but unfortunately there are no new episodes (I’m glad that I’m able to DVR all the reruns on the Travel Channel). $40-a-day is a show hosted by Rachael Ray, and all of the episodes were taped before she was super famous. The show follows Rachael as she travels to different destinations around the world; the catch is that she only has $40 to spend on food and drinks per day. She has filmed this challenge all over the world: from Paris, to Hawaii, to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between.
The show gave me the idea to use this same concept on our vacations. Food can be one of the biggest expenses on vacation; appetizers, entrées, dessert, and all of those Mai tais every night add up. When I first saw this show I thought it was such a great idea to help minimize cost on our vacations, so I jumped at the challenge.
Every trip that we have been on in the last five years has included the $40 per day challenge (the one rule is that we never skimp on tips). If we eat breakfast in the condo, we are able to spend a little more that evening, or if we have a big breakfast at an amazing restaurant, we will have an inexpensive picnic on the beach that afternoon for lunch. We have learned that this amount is a good starting point and, as always, we are flexible; sometimes the husband and I aren’t super hungry and we will share an entrée, or once in a while we feel like going all out (because, after all, we are on vacation).
So, what are some of your favorite money-saving ideas while on vacation?