Vacations are some of the most special and memorable times in many of our lives. Nothing can beat the unbridled joy of a perfect vacation but making a vacation special isn’t easy. One of the most essential components of a perfect vacation is an excellent culinary experience.
The following tips can help any traveler to ensure that they get the most possible out of the food available to them on their vacation. Whether it’s saving money or ensuring that you have an authentic experience, these tips will each enhance your experience of the local cuisine.
Go Beyond the Guidebooks
Guidebooks can be very useful. A good guidebook is like a treasure map, leading you to the sights and spots that you would otherwise miss. But today, there are far better ways to discover hidden gems.
Have a look at social media for the best places to eat in the area you’ll be staying. You should be able to find reports and reviews from both locals and other travelers. Both will provide you with valuable insight into your local options.
Cook for Yourself
If you want to have a truly authentic experience, find yourself some traditional local recipes and source the ingredients. Online ordering is popular all over the world, so you should be able to get your hands on any required ingredients relatively easily. For example, Villa Market offer a grocery delivery Bangkok service that is ideal for travelers in Thailand. You’ll be able to find everything you need to experience true Thai cuisine.
This is another area where social media can be very useful as that it will allow you to find people’s personal recipes, where they put their own individual spin on traditional dishes. Cooking for yourself is always rewarding, but if you’re able to master a couple of dishes in an entirely different cuisine to the one you’re used to, it feels especially great.
Expand Your Comfort Zone
We all have different tastes and preferences when it comes to the food we eat. Some of us, willingly or otherwise, restrict what we eat and, therefore, miss out on many of the available options when on vacation. Vegetarians who have traveled a lot will know that some countries are easier to find good food in than others.
But as well as dietary restrictions, lots of people also have hang-ups about eating certain types of food. When you are in a new country and faced with new cuisines, if you are able to put all your pre-existing hang-ups to one side and make yourself at least try any new food that is put in front of you, you will be able to experience both on a deeper level.
Food is just as important to the character of a place as the architecture, the weather or the politics. Food is also intertwined with culture and, therefore, provides valuable insight into the way that other people live. The more adventurous you are willing to be with food while on vacation, the more you will get out of the experience.