One of the best things about traveling is getting to try new food. When I was in Spain, my friends and I were amazed by how good the tapas were (and how cheap!). We also enjoyed exploring marketplaces on our travels, particularly in Italy where there was nothing but fresh produce and meats to choose from. While these experiences can be amazing, sometimes you might find yourself somewhere where it’s hard to get good food and end up settling for something less-than-ideal just because you’re tired or hungry. So here are some tips on how to avoid this scenario:
Research is the key to a great meal. The more you know about the local cuisine, the better your experience will be. Here’s what you need to do:
- Find out if it’s a national dish. If you’re in Vietnam and want to try authentic Vietnamese food, find out what people eat in their homes and on the street. This can be done by asking hotel staff or even just looking at restaurants nearby (they often have menus posted outside).
- Find out what locals eat. If there are no signs advertising “local specialties” then ask someone who looks like they might know–a tour guide or someone working at a tourist office would be good candidates! They’ll help give you an idea of which restaurants serve authentic fare instead of tourist traps where everything costs twice as much because they know tourists don’t know any better!
Ask locals for advice on where to eat.
If you’re looking for a place with authentic cuisine, ask your hotel concierge or other local people for recommendations on what restaurants serve the best food. You can also ask them where they go when they want something good and quick (like a sandwich or pizza).
This is especially useful if you’re traveling in an area that has a lot of different cuisines because it will help narrow down the choices quickly so that you don’t waste time trying out places that aren’t worth visiting!
TripAdvisor is a great place to start when looking for a restaurant. It has millions of reviews from travelers who have visited the places you’re interested in, so it’s easy to find the ones that are most popular and highly rated.
One thing I like about TripAdvisor is that it allows you to filter your search results by price range, which is helpful if you’re on a budget or trying to avoid tourist traps where everything costs way more than it should! You can also filter by cuisine type or even see what restaurants other people recommend as “the best”.
You’ll probably want to check out some reviews before deciding which place sounds good–what do they say? Are they happy with their meal? Did they have any complaints? Is there any info missing from the description (like whether there are vegetarian options)? These types of details might not seem important now but could save us time later when we’re hungry and ready for food!
Eat where the locals eat
The best way to experience the local food culture is to eat where the locals eat. There are several ways you can do this:
- Ask your hotel or hostel staff for recommendations on where to eat. They will be able to tell you about places that offer good quality food at affordable prices, and are popular with their guests.
- Look for busy restaurants when exploring a new city–the busier they are, the better their reputation must be! If a place is packed with people eating and talking loudly over each other while enjoying their meal together (and not just tourists), then it’s likely worth checking out as well!
- Lastly, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our travels around Asia thus far…it’s that cheap eats often taste better than expensive ones!
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
You should never be afraid to try something new. If you’re worried about ordering in a foreign language, don’t be! Most restaurants have translations on their menus and staff will be happy to help explain anything you have questions about.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from traveling around the world, it’s that people are always willing to share their recommendations with me–even when I don’t ask for them! So if someone offers up some advice on what dish or restaurant might suit your palate best, don’t hesitate before taking advantage of this opportunity (especially if they recommend something delicious).
Use these tips to get good food while traveling.
In order to get the best food while traveling, you need to research the area and ask locals. You can also check TripAdvisor for reviews of restaurants and other recommendations from travellers. If you’re in a new country or city, eat where the locals eat! Don’t be afraid to try something new – if it looks good, give it a shot!
Remember, the best food is where you find it. So go out there and explore! You never know what kind of deliciousness you’ll find on your next trip.