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Eating your way around the world: Travelers tips for eating local

When people travel, some hit the road for the sun, the sea, and the sand, others want a break from their everyday life and their responsibilities. But for some, it’s all about the food and the local cuisine! Eating your way around your destination is one of the best things about traveling. There are so many flavors, sights, smells, and tastes to discover it’s difficult to know where to begin.

Eating local cuisine is the best way to guarantee yourself a genuine travel experience. You’ll get to meet new people, enjoy new flavors and get to come across some pretty fantastic photo opportunities – canvas prints are the best way to display your travel photos, click the link to find out more. So, how can you ensure that you make the most of your cuisine experience? Read on for travel tips for eating local.

Forget the food you have at home

Famous fast-food chains and burgers, coffee, and sandwiches shops – all of these are great at home, but you’re on the other side of the world in a new country that’s bursting with color, flavor, and variety. It’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a meal that you’re familiar with, especially if you’re feeling a little homesick, but try to stick to new and exciting dishes as much as you can. Avoid the English/American style dishes on the menu and get stuck in!

Approach the locals

When you don’t speak the local dialect, approaching locals can seem a little daunting. However, locals are a treasure trove of foodie knowledge. They’ll know the very best eateries, where to get the best local cuisine and the restaurants that tourists don’t know about. Brush up on some simple language skills and phrases to get yourself started.

Do a bit of research

As well as speaking to the locals about their recommendations, conduct a little research before you travel so you know where to go and where to avoid. Check reviews and find out the places that come highly recommended and what kind of food they serve there. But don’t be afraid to try something new!

Head to the local market

It doesn’t get any fresher than the food you’ll find at the local market. It’s organized chaos but you’ll find an abundance of home-grown fruits, veggies, spices, and even oils and wines. You’ll find plenty of food to sample for free, as well as gifts and hand-made items you won’t find in the local tourist traps. It’s a great experience, just make sure you research the local market customs and etiquette. Be careful of cutting in line or touching the produce!

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