For many people, food and travel go hand in hand. There’s something so exciting about travelling to a new place and experiencing all of the incredible cuisines each country has to offer.
If you go on holiday and only eat food you’d get back at home, then you’re missing out if you ask me! If you want to know how to eat well while travelling, this is the guide for you.
Do your research
Before you head off to any new country, make sure you do your research on the kind of food you can expect while you’re there. Look at reviews of all the different restaurants near where you’re staying, search for hidden gems that are off the beaten path, and find out what the best local dishes are to try.
The more clued up you are, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your culinary experience when you’re there.
Try a local delicacy
Many countries have local dishes they’re famous for – and some of these are worth travelling for alone! The Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover has a list of foods worth travelling for, which includes Bluff Oysters in New Zealand and Nasi Lemak in Malaysia.
Find out what the local delicacy is and tuck in! You might find a new favourite dish that will keep you coming back time and time again.
Go for the best you can afford
When you’re eating out, especially abroad, it’s important to remember that it’s an experience. I’ve been lucky enough to have some stunning dining experiences over the years, such as when I ate at The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga. If you can, always go for the best meal you can afford – even if it is just for one night of the holiday. Whether that’s a Michelin star or just a posh bistro, you won’t regret seeing how each country does it best.
Give street food a try
If the country you’re going to does street food, you really should give it a go. There’s something so wonderful about watching your food be cooked in front of you, then eating it while exploring a Moroccan market or sitting on a Brazilian beach.
Some people are wary of street food trucks, but you shouldn’t need to worry as long as you know what to look for. The street food stalls with the longest queues of locals are the safest and most popular. Opt for the ones that you might have to wait a bit longer for.
Skip the hotel breakfast
When you’re staying in a hotel, you’re typically offered the usual continental buffet, but you could be missing out on a delicious local breakfast. Head to a bakery to pick up a fresh pastry in Paris or tuck into some Churros dipped in hot chocolate in Barcelona. A local breakfast is far superior to hotel cheese and ham.
Finally, if you want to eat well while you’re travelling, then you should remain cautious. It’s not a very fun tip, but it’s an essential one! Research whether the tap water is safe to drink – if not, then you should avoid dishes like salads, which could have been washed in tap water.
Read reviews, opt for the places that are packed with locals, and don’t try anything that doesn’t look adequately cooked. The last thing you want is to have your experience ruined by food poisoning.
You now have all of the best tips for eating well while travelling. Where have you been that served incredible food? Is there anywhere you’d recommend for foodie travellers? Let me know in the comments!