For many, food is one of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling. Not only is travel a great excuse to relax dietary restrictions, but food is also one of the best ways to connect with a new town or culture!

Unfortunately for the hungry traveler, knowing what, when, where and how (usually “who” isn’t an issue—in most travel destinations at least!) to eat is not always as straightforward as it can be at home. This is why a few different kinds of meal options exist to keep travelers well-fed.

The All-Inclusive Plan

What an all-inclusive meal plan may lack in cultural capital, it more than makes up for in leisure and convenience. Knowing that meals are ready and available at all (or most) times during your stay can be a major comfort.

While not everyone is looking for total comfort in their travels, for some, comfort is the definition of travel! An all-inclusive meal plan was designed with these travelers in mind.

The American Plan

In an ideal America, you can have your cake and eat it too. The American meal plan exists for travelers who want the best of both worlds—planned meals for convenience, and the leniency to eat out a few times and experience the town.

The only caveat to this comprehensive plan is that a little bit of planning has to be done to get the most bang for your buck. While every pre-planned meal doesn’t have to factor into your day—this kind of meal plan is all about options, after all—it’s a good idea to keep track of which meals are pre-planned in case taking advantage of these is a priority.

The European Plan

Are you more of a go-getter? Go with the European plan—which could more accurately be described as a lack of a plan.

Of course, not having meals planned by your hotel or resort doesn’t mean you can’t do a little bit of planning, but that’s all up to your travel style. This meal plan is best for explorers and gourmands a like, looking to experience all the city has to offer.

Making The Most of Your Stay

Each of these different kinds of meal plans exists because there’s at least as many different kinds of travelers!

Once you know what kind of traveler you are, making sure you choose the meal plan that fits your travel style can make a huge difference in making the most of an already fun and exciting vacation. Knowing what you want before booking your trip can save you time and energy later!

For more information on traveling, food and meals, check out the infographic below!

Travel Meals Infographic

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