Quick and Easy Travel Lunches

When you’re on the go exploring a new city, you don’t want to spend a lot of time on lunch. Sitting down for a meal can take forever if you have slow service. Adding drinks, and including a tip can be costly as well.

Here are options for lunch that are both quick and easy on the wallet.

Food Trucks

Hollywood Food Truck Invasion

Photo: beleaveme on Flickr

There is a food revolution happening in Canada and the US with food trucks popping up all over the country. Anything and everything you could want can be made on these trucks. They are typically parked near a public space where you can grab your food and then eat in the nearby park or square. Some trucks have a huge following and move to a different location each day. If there is one truck in particular that you want to try, it’s best to follow them on Twitter or Facebook to see their location updates.

Street Food

Street food at Mong Kok night market

Photo: chikawatanabe on Flickr

When traveling in Asia, your best option for a quick and cheap meal is to grab a bite at a street vendor. No, you’re not likely to get sick from eating street food if you’re smart about picking where you buy your food. Pick a stall that is busy and full of locals. If they’re willing to eat it, you’re likely to be safe. Is the food cooked fresh before your eyes? Food that has been sitting around is more likely to contain bacteria which will make you sick. And don’t forget, remember to wash your hands (or use antibacterial liquids)! Eating street food is a great way of getting to know the culture of a country through its food.


Központi vásárcsarnok, Budapest

Photo: e_calamar on Flickr

In Europe, locals flock to the local market to pick up their day’s fruits and vegetables fresh from their favorite stalls. You can do the same while traveling. Most cities in North America and Europe have markets readily available throughout the city. You can grab a loaf of freshly baked bread, cheese, meats and vegetables for a few dollars and have a picnic lunch. It’s a great opportunity to ask the local food experts about local specialties to try as well. Plan your day around making a visit to a market. Sometimes these markets can be landmarks themselves that you would want to visit such as the Ferry Building in San Francisco or the Naschmarkt in Vienna.

Make your own

If you’re on the go and don’t have time to stop for lunch, you can make your own sandwiches. Use up leftovers from your hotel breakfast, or stop in a supermarket the night before. A visit to the local supermarket is always a fun adventure as you explore the different snacks and candies available. Don’t forget to keep a few snacks and a bottle of water in your bag to keep your energy up.

What is your favorite way of eating lunch on the go?

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