One of the great things about travelling is the absence from household chores and responsibilities, but after days of eating out at restaurants and diners, a home-cooked meal starts to sound very appealing. Other travelers have food allergies and sensitivities that can make eating at restaurants a less than relaxing proposition.
If you tend to grow tired of eating out while on a vacation or find dining at restaurants risky, you can always choose to cook while on vacation.
If you’re keen on staying in a hotel, try to book hotel rooms that have built-in kitchens. Extended-stay hotels generally provide accommodations that include cooking utilities, such as full-size refrigerators and stoves, as well as pans, dishes and utensils. Some luxury hotel rooms have kitchenettes, and many lower-priced hotels have rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves for guests who want to make simple dishes.
Rent a vacation home instead of staying at a hotel. While vacation homes are usually expensive compared to hotel rooms if booked per night, the cost is often not so bad when compared to the cost of staying in a hotel for an extended period. If you plan on staying in the same location for a week or more, vacation homes in the area are worth looking into, not just for the idea of home-cooked meals.
Check with the renter to find out what’s provided for you if you’re staying in a vacation home.
The managers of some vacation homes stock the refrigerator and pantry with staples and beverages such as coffee and soft drinks at no additional charge.
Often when you make the reservation they’ll let you know what cooking supplies they provide. Also, ask about the local grocery store.
Crock pot cooking is ideal for travel. If you’re travelling by car, bring along a crock pot. You can safely leave the crock pot on all day in a hotel room or vacation home so dinner is done when you get back from your excursions.
Choose a motel where you can grill outdoors. Many motels have a charcoal grill near the pool or in some other outdoor common area with picnic tables. In other motels, you can grill on a patio or deck adjoining your room. Grilling in a vacation spot is just as easy as it is at home, but the view is probably way better.