My favorite thing about traveling is trying new food. There are infinite ways to do this, of course, but I’ve found that there are some general rules that help me discover the best local cuisine wherever I go. Here they are:
Do your research
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, the first thing to do is get familiar with the local cuisine. The best way to do this is by asking locals what their favorite dishes are and what they think is worth trying. You can also look up reviews of restaurants in your area using apps like Yelp or TripAdvisor. Once you’ve narrowed down which places sound good, make reservations if necessary (or simply walk in if there aren’t many people).
Local specialties often include:
- Traditional foods from different cultures (e.g., pho from Vietnam)
- Regional seafood dishes
- Specialties unique to certain regions
Get lost in the city
The next time you’re in a new city, get lost. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually one of the best ways to learn about an unfamiliar place. Find yourself on a street corner with no idea where you are or how to get back home again? That’s okay! Look around for signs that might give some clue as to where you are (such as local landmarks) and ask someone who appears friendly for directions if necessary.
If all else fails and there aren’t any signs or helpful people around–or maybe even if there are–look up at the skyline: perhaps this will help orientate yourself better than anything else would have done so far!
Go to places where locals eat
When you’re traveling, it can be difficult to know where to eat. The hotel staff and concierge may not have much of an opinion on the local cuisine, but they will be able to point you in the right direction if asked. If you speak with a taxi driver, he or she will likely have plenty of knowledge about where locals go for food–and since many people prefer to eat at restaurants where other people like them go, it’s usually good advice!
If all else fails and you don’t know anyone who lives in your destination city (or even if they do), ask someone on the street. Or better yet: ask two or three people! They might disagree with each other; this is normal when talking about such subjective topics as food preferences. But their answers should give some insight into what kind of cuisine is popular nearby; this can help guide future dining decisions while traveling abroad because everyone has different tastes after all!
Make a list before you go
The first thing you should do is make a list. There are many ways to do this, but it’s important that your list be as accurate and thorough as possible. You can write down restaurants’ names on paper or in your phone, but I prefer using an app like Yelp or Zomato because they have more information about each establishment and allow me to look at reviews from other people before deciding where I want my next meal from (more on finding good food later).
Here are some ideas for how to organize your lists:
- Make one list of places you want to visit during the trip (and maybe even beyond). This will help guide where else we go when our friends aren’t around anymore! It also gives us something fun to talk about during long car rides when everyone gets bored easily.”
Ask for recommendations at the hotel
If you’re staying at a hotel, ask the concierge for recommendations. They are often extremely knowledgeable about the area and will have many suggestions for eating out in their city or town. If you’re staying somewhere new, it can be helpful to talk with other guests who may have tried some of the restaurants suggested by your concierge.
If there’s a waitstaff working at your hotel restaurant or bar (or even if not), ask them what their favorite places are located nearby–and why! You can also ask them about hidden gems that aren’t on any tourist maps or listings online; these kinds of places tend to be popular among locals because they serve great food without being too crowded or expensive.
Come up with a meal plan ahead of time
- Plan your meals ahead of time.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new!
- Ask for recommendations from locals, or even other travelers you meet along the way.
You can find good food wherever you travel.
You can find good food everywhere.
There are many different types of food, and they all taste differently depending on where they come from. Food is a big part of culture, so if you want to experience the local flavor, eating out is your best bet. However, sometimes it’s nice not to have someone else cook for you–especially if that person doesn’t know what he or she is doing! So sometimes it’s better just to go with street vendors or local markets instead of restaurants or chains like McDonalds (unless it’s breakfast time).
We hope this guide has helped you to find good food wherever you travel. It’s important to remember that the process isn’t always easy, but there are many ways to make it easier on yourself. The key is to do your research before heading out and getting lost in the city until something great comes along!