10 Travel Breakfast Ideas for the Savvy Tourist

If you’re looking to travel on a budget, one of the best ways that you can save money is by preparing your own breakfast. There are many different options that you can try, and most of them are quite affordable.

In this blog post, we will discuss 10 travel breakfast ideas that will help you reduce costs while still enjoying a delicious meal!

travel breakfast ideas

Easy travel breakfast ideas that don’t require cooking

When you travel, you will often find yourself staying in places where you don’t have access to a stove or a microwave. For this reason, the first half of the breakfast ideas listed will not require any cooking.

01. Yogurt with musli

Most hotel rooms have a mini-fridge or a minibar, so when you’re out and about, remember to hop in a grocery store and grab one or two yogurts and a bag of muesli to eat on the following morning. You can also buy a disposable spoon or simply ask for one at your accommodation. Most will definitely grant this request.

Sometimes you can find yogurts specially designed to be eaten in the morning. Danone has such an assortment: the yogurt has a small plastic spoon and a bit of muesli stored in its lid so that it can be eaten on the go.

02. Sandwiches

You can buy pre-made sandwiches to eat in the morning from most supermarkets, regardless of what country you’re visiting. But you can also buy a few simple ingredients to make a delicious sandwich yourself: think sliced cheese, salami, ham, salad, baby spinach, olives, etc.

For the simplest sandwich, you can buy some packaged, sliced salami (or ham) and cheese that will last you for a few days and will come really cheap.

quick travel breakfast ideas: yogurt

03. Yogurt with fresh fruit and honey

For this simple, yet delicious breakfast, you only need plain yogurt (the Greek one works best), fruits of your choice (I’d recommend blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) and honey which you will then mix together. That’s all and trust me, it’s really good!

04. Salads

As with sandwiches, you can buy pre-made salads from most supermarkets. But you can also make your own. Just buy a few simple ingredients like cheese, ham, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, baby spinach, or olives and mix them all together. It’s a simple and healthy breakfast.

Since you will need to wash the vegetables and you also require a few utensils to prepare the salad (a knife, a bowl, and a fork), this quick breakfast idea works better if you have access to a shared kitchen or your accommodation has a kitchenette.

TIP: If you buy sheep cheese or feta which are usually pretty salted, then you don’t even need to buy salt to spice your salad.

05. Cereals with milk

It can’t get any simpler than having cereals with milk for breakfast. Depending on your liking you can also add muesli and even fruits.

The downside to this travel breakfast idea is the fact that you need a bowl and a spoon, which may or may not be directly available to you at your accommodation.

Simple travel breakfast ideas that require cooking

If you’re staying at an accommodation that has a kitchenette, these 5 easy recipes that you can make for breakfast will be the perfect way to start your day.

easy travel breakfast ideas: boiled eggs

06. Eggs

When you travel, eggs are the perfect candidate for a good breakfast. They’re affordable, easy to cook, and they’re really filling. You can make them in a variety of ways, either on their own or paired with other ingredients.

One of the easiest ways to prepare them is to boil them. This method doesn’t require any special kitchen equipment. Just place the eggs in a pot of boiling water and let them cook for about three minutes. Once they’re done, you can add salt, pepper, and other spices to taste.

You can also fry them sunny side up, make an omelette, or have them poached or scrambled.

07. Avocado toast with poached egg

Avocado toast with poached egg is a really easy breakfast idea. Don’t worry if you don’t have a toast maker at your accommodation, you can just use a frying pan to get your slices of bread nice and crispy.

08. Wrap with avocado and eggs

To make these wraps you need eggs, avocado, tomatoes and/or cucumbers, cream cheese, and the tortilla wrap itself.

First, you need to prepare the eggs: either hard-boiled or scrambled will do just fine. Then all there’s left to do is to spread the cheese on the wrap and all the other ingredients. It’s a fast, easy, and filling breakfast!

travel breakfast ideas: pancakes

09. Pancakes

While you can prepare the whole thing yourself, you can also search for a ready-to-make pancake mix in supermarkets. This will speed up the process a lot!

You can eat the pancakes with maple syrup, Nutella, or jam and you can even add fruits like fresh berries or bananas.

10. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another great recipe for a quick breakfast because it’s healthy, filling, and easy to make. You will need a pot, some milk (or water), and oats. Start by bringing the milk (or water) to a boil in the pot, then add the oats and let them cook for about 5 minutes.

You can eat oatmeal plain or add some fruits (I’d suggest apples and bananas), nuts, or spices to it – I like a bit of cinnamon in my oatmeal. If you want to sweeten it, you can add honey, sugar, or syrup.

Wrap up

No matter where you are in the world, a good breakfast can set you up for a successful day of sightseeing. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

From savory omelettes to sweet pancakes, these 10 easy breakfast ideas will please any palate. Not only that but they’re easy to make and cheap, so you can save some money too.

Also, make sure to check out my other travel tips posts like how to maximize carry on luggage space, overcoming post-travel blues, or what to pack for a cabin trip.

Happy travels~

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