Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
on How to Make the Most of Feasting Internationally
(and stay on a budget)
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
For those of us who enjoy international cuisine, eating local specialties
while traveling is the best of two worlds. Meals donít always have to be in
fine dining establishments where pricing can be astronomical, you can relish
from a food cart, on a picnic, or from the local
Below are some tips on how to make the most of feasting in foreign countries
while taking home some adventuresome memories.
Eat at the counter.
In Italy, France, Portugal,
Guatemala, there are many cafes, bars
and neighborhood restaurants that offer counter-style eating. Sometimes
there is seating and sometimes one must stand. However, this community way
of sharing your eating space usually means lower prices and quicker
delivery, but not necessarily a drop in quality of food, coffee, wine or
beer. Itís casual, and an easy way to pick up a conversation with a local.
Find out about museums, the upcoming
concert, or the organic farm
Amazing tapas in
Enjoy happy hours.
restaurants, bars, and eating establishments who are revving up for a
busy evening will often offer great drinks at discounts, two for one wine by
the glass, or present a happy hour menu with a variety of appetizers for
attractive prices. Sometimes there will be hors-díoeuvres buffets where you
can sample dozens of flavors and foods for which you might not even know the
local name. Itís a great way to graze, enjoying a wide array of tastes.
Plan a whole day around sampling food.
Speaking of grazing, an adventurous way to try a diverse number of
restaurants, shops, food stalls, and
cafes with luscious pastries is to plan
a whole day around sampling food. Check out your travel guide for
suggestions or research an area on Google Maps to find attractive eating
Walking between your mini-meals, simply choose a salad here, hot grilled
fish-on-a-stick there, share an appetizer and
cafe for a cappuccino
and a Napoleon or a piece of
Visit a wine
bar or microbrewery to sample wines or freshly made local beer
and grab another appetizer or fire-roasted vegetables with tasty dips. Take
photos of your food, the menus, your walk, your friends or special someone
and round up a memorable day of eating that you wonít soon forget. And if
you collect the business cards from these establishments, then you know
where to return to enjoy a full meal.
Exotic fresh fruit in
Local supermarkets can be a riot of color.
Markets in foreign countries can offer their foods in different styles of
displays than we are used to in the States or Canada. Lots of markets are
open-air and you can wander through simply mesmerized. Sample cheese and buy
a few ounces, collect some ripe, sweet fruit to munch on, collect a baguette
or try a taco. Delis offer powerful flavors in tiny packages like mustards,
dolmas, cured meats and olives. Buy a bit of this and thatÖ and then have a
Have a picnic.
You have gathered a variety of flavors to savor and now itís time to find
that perfect location to enjoy it all. Perhaps there is a park nearby or a
bench overlooking the sea or a lake, or a special hideaway that you saw on
your walk the day you sampled foods all over town. Itís here that you can
sit down or throw a blanket out and enjoy your finds. Donít forget your
handi-wipes, a bottle opener if needed and a trash bag to carry out any
wrappings you have.
Find special dining times and prices.
In many foreign countries, lunch is the main meal of the day and choices are
wide. Sometimes lunch items are offered at a lower price than on the dinner
menu, or they might have a three or four course lunch on special. In other
countries there are early-bird dinners given at inviting prices. If you are
going out to the theater, restaurants located nearby might offer a
post-theater menu worth checking out.
Packages of this, that and the other in a Vietnamese market
meal a day in your hotel room.
In Europe, Mexico, Central and
South America, even Asia,
Australia, Bali and
New Zealand, it is not unusual to cook a meal in one's hotel room. Years ago
we decided that if we could eat just one meal a day in our room, we could
save a small fortune while traveling. Sometimes we will use leftovers from
yesterdayís huge meals such as steak, a quesadilla, or pork chop. Then we'll
place cheese, nuts, or fruit on a plate and if we find a great bakery we'll
add a croissant or pastry. This makes for an enjoyable non-rushed morning
before heading out for our dayís adventurers. The money you save by doing
this can be used to upscale your travel budget in a variety of areas.
Using credit cards generally means higher prices.
It is our experience that some restaurants in foreign countries (like
Guatemala and Ecuador) will add a surcharge to the bill for using your
credit card. While this might not be entirely legal according to the rules
of your credit card, you wonít be able to get that 25% added amount off your
bill once you have given them your card. Not every restaurant in every
country does this, of course, but better to have local currency handy to pay
for your meal and save yourself from the nasty surprise. It is always wise
to ask first about any surcharges for card usage.
Check to see if your hotel includes breakfast.
If your hotel offers breakfast in your room price, this can be a great way
to save a bit of money for other dining adventures. But if this early meal
is not included, take a walk around your hotel for little diners, food
stalls, juice bars, bagel shops, cafes and coffee places. We have found that
if your hotel charges for breakfast, itís not surprising that this would be
twice the price of the breakfast offered just down the street.
Relishing in the flavors of foods in other countries is all part of the
adventure and memory making. Why not add a couple of different approaches to
your dining style and save some money at the same time?
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your
Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website
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