Avoiding heavy meals when you arrive at your travel destination after a long flight can help your body fight jet lag. It can also save you money.

We tend to eat our largest meal at dinner, and when you’re on vacation, eating a full dinner in a restaurant every night can really add up.

Try this instead: Plan to eat your biggest meal at lunchtime. Lunch deals tend to cost less and restaurants tend to be less crowded. Then, still satisfied from lunch, grab a sandwich for dinner and enjoy sightseeing in the evening while other tourists scramble to make dinner reservations and sit for hours at a table.

This worked well for us in Disney World earlier this month. Instead of fighting long lines for food and crowded restaurants, we enjoyed shorter ride lines and more space walking around.

And here’s another tip — a few weeks before your scheduled departure, go to Yipit.com and sign up for alerts about your upcoming travel destination. Yipit combines the best daily deals from sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Tippr according to questions you answer about your likes and dislikes.

Then, during the weeks leading up to your trip, you’ll receive emails with deals you can use to save money eating out.

Voila — save money and see more at the same time!

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]

 

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