Travel is all about seeing and experiencing new places, and what’s the best way to do that? Via food, of course! Well, if you’re a foodie it is. When visiting a new country, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the places on offer to dine in. The ‘safest’ places to eat are, of course, chain restaurants. However, if you want to experience the country’s authentic cuisine, you need to find places that are independent.
Want to know how to find the best eateries when abroad? Have a read of this!
Read up before you travel
Before your trip, take the time to read up on the place that you are visiting. Find out about the types of food that’s on offer and what the most authentic dishes are. For wherever you are visiting, use Tripadvisor to get an idea of the best places to eat. Look at reviews, read the comments, and see where other travelers have recommended. When there are so many places to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming selecting where to eat.
Hire a car
If you want to explore the food a little further afield from where you are staying, it’s worth thinking about hiring a car. While you could opt to use public transport, if you want to see all the best local restaurants, having a car is crucial. To find out about the cost of hire cars where you are going, check out the Carrot website and have a browse. As long as you book in advance, you should be able to get a good deal on the car you choose to hire.
Ask the locals
One of the best ways to find the nicest restaurants while on vacation is to ask the locals. If anyone will know where the nicest places to dine are, the locals will. Most people are friendly and happy to help, so don’t be afraid to stop someone and ask. Explain that you want authentic food and take any recommendations on board. Don’t be afraid to ask a few different people for suggestions, as this will give you a better idea of the most popular places.
Have a list of must-try foods
Before your trip, spend some time Googling the area. See what cuisine the area is famous for, and write the dish names on your list. You can also use Google Translate to work out what is in each one, to ensure that you will like it. If you have friends or family who have traveled to where you’re going, ask them for recommendations as well. When it comes to finding the best foods to try, the more help you can get, the better.
Don’t skip street food
A lot of travelers steer clear of street food when abroad but there’s no reason to. As long as the stall is part of a reputable market and looks clean, the food is safe to eat. Sometimes, street stalls offer the nicest and most authentic foods, so skipping them is a real shame.
For us foodies, travel is all about trying out new dishes. What sets one place aside from another is the food on offer, which is why it’s so important to try a range of dishes while you’re away.