When traveling, eating at restaurants for every meal can cause costs to rise quickly. A good way to save money and experience local culture is visiting local grocery stores and markets. Many hostels and other accommodation rentals offer kitchen facilities. There are various amazing food markets around the world, and just walking through them can be enjoyable. Some of my personal favorite markets include the Burough Market in London, La Boqueria in Barcelona, and the Jean-Talon Market in Montreal. While some markets offer food to be eaten on site, many offer food to take home (or to a hostel or apartment) to cook. Most markets will offer fresh, local produce, fish, and meat. Grocery stores can also be a good resource when traveling. It can be an interesting cultural experience to see the similarities and differences in grocery stores in different parts of the world. You don't have to eat at restaurants for every meal when traveling. Most people make most of their meals from food they buy from grocery stores and markets, and this can still be done while traveling.
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