Posted on: 29 October 2016
If you're going to be setting off on holiday, you'll often have to choose between feeding yourself for most meals or choosing accommodation that has its own restaurant, or even restaurants, attached. Here are just four reasons why you should shun self-catered and look for onsite eateries instead.
1. Less Waste
One of the issues with buying your own food when you're on holiday is that you're unlikely to be able to eat it all. You shouldn't have any issues getting through a couple of steaks that you picked up, but other items, such as boxes of cereal, boxes of eggs, sauces and other items that tend to be picked up more in bulk will be wasted. At the end of your stay, you'll have a bunch of items left over that you can't take with you. You'll have wasted both food and money.
2. Healthier Eating
Some people will argue that you eat healthier by going self-catered since you will be able to cook your own meals and use only the very healthiest of ingredients. This is technically true, but it takes a lot of work. Remember, it takes time to prepare healthy meals, and you probably won't want to buy many healthy foods if you're not staying in a particular location for too long. This often means that well-meaning travellers will simply end up falling back on snacks and ready-meals, which don't tend to be particularly nutritious. When the accommodation you pick can provide food for you, you will likely find plenty of healthy and filling options available.
3. More Variety
When you travel, particularly when you're coming from another country, part of the fun is being able to sample foods that you wouldn't normally come into contact with. If you're heading into the Northern Territory, you'll want to be able to talk about sampling dishes such as crocodile curry and kangaroo steak, and having a restaurant on hand makes it more likely that you'll be able to try such meals; after all, hotels and motels understand that visitors like to try something a little different.
4. Better Budgeting
Sometimes going with self-catered accommodation can be more expensive, while at other times you'll be able to save money. However, the problem is that you'll never know exactly how much you need to spend until you're out on holiday. When you don't go with self-catered options, you'll understand your budget before you even arrive, or at least how much you'll be spending on food during one leg of the journey. Remember, prices for food can vary dramatically across the country, especially if you're heading into the Red Centre.Share