People travel for different reasons, but regardless, every traveller gets to experience new cultures, people, sights, and sounds. If you’re a food lover, the opportunity to treat your tastebuds to various cuisines and delicacies from different parts of the world will be one of your primary travel goals. Food is an essential part of any travel experience. No matter the purpose behind your travels or the size of your budget, finding food you’ll love in a foreign country can be such a challenge sometimes. And sticking to the same old, bland, made-for-tourist food can get boring. So, if you’re a foodie and travel lover, here are some tips you can use to find the best meals during your next trip.
Do some research before you leave
Sounds pretty obvious, doesn’t it? You don’t want to head to a new location not knowing what to expect or where to go for the best meals. Fortunately, the internet has made it so much easier to get all the information you need –- well, most of the information you need. Several travel blogs, vlogs, social media pages, YouTube videos, podcasts, name them, are dedicated to giving people a good guide concerning the meals they can find in various locations and how they taste. Of course, taste, they say, is subjective, but at least you’ll have a good idea of where to go and what to expect.
So, before you set off, take the time to read and watch as much online content as you can about the meals available in your chosen travel destination and how to find them.
Ask locals for recommendations
Sometimes, research may not be enough to give you all the info you need, and not every piece of information you find will be reliable. You shouldn’t trust online reviews blindly. One of the best ways to get great local meals in any travel destination is to ask someone who lives there, so keep this in mind. From your cab driver to the hotel receptionist, any resident you find should be of good help. If you’re looking for a particular dish or flavor, you can find out from them where they’ll go for such meals. You might also want to keep in mind the type of people you ask for recommendations. For instance, your hotel receptionist will probably direct you to a more fancy place, while a local taxi driver will know the simple local canteens you can visit for great meals.
Make a picture-based bucket list
Your online research will probably come with some tasty-looking pictures of dishes you’ll want to try. If you’re preparing to visit a location with a foreign language, you can make a picture-based bucket list of the dishes you want to try. This way, you can show the pictures to the locals to know where you can find those dishes.
Creating a picture-based bucket list will also help you visit restaurants and local eateries or canteens. You can show the pictures to the attendants and ask if they serve those meals.
Visit the local markets
Local markets are probably one of the best places to go if you want to check out what local spices, flavours, and dishes they have. You can even try out sample treats in such markets. There is also a good chance that you’ll find a couple of food joints or canteens there also. If you love cooking, you can get all the best local recipes from the local markets to try on your own. And this leads to the next point.
Consider cooking your meals
Cooking during your trip is always a good option, and people prefer this for various reasons. Some consider it a great way to save money, while others find it the best way to eat well. But the most important thing is that you enjoy the meals you prepare. However, to cook during a trip, you need to check into an accommodation that comes with a kitchen, have access to a local market, and take your favourite recipes along. You should also ensure that your accommodation’s kitchen comes with all the kitchen appliances you’ll need to do your own cooking. You’ll want to stick with very simple yet delicious recipes, as it’ll be easier to find the ingredients you need. For example, if you enjoy having a good smoked meal, you can try this smoked pork chops recipe on your own.