10 Unbreakable Rules for Traveling Gourmands

How to guarantee the most delicious trip possible, no matter where you’re headed

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

We’ve learned a lot on the road. From years of trial-and-error traveling, we have made enough mistakes and scored enough successes to know the secrets to making sure our trips are as delicious and adventurous as possible.

Booking a trip can be a huge effort — you’ve saved up to cover the flights and painstakingly chosen the best hotel, so why throw away a perfectly good holiday with horribly chosen eats? Of course, holidays where every last bite is to your liking can be few and far between. But following tips like straying far from too many English-translated menus and joining locals you see in line for foodstuffs will mean that the majority of meals will be local gems and worth a try.

So here are our 10 can’t-break, tried-and-true rules for everyone who travels for food…

Rule #1: Bring a sense of adventure with you. That doesn’t mean you need to eat fried insects or animal intestines (though we highly recommend them), but it does mean forcing yourself from your comfort zone, even if you try something once and never again.

Rule #2: Don’t hunt for comfort foods that remind you of home. Spending time hunting down hamburgers in Tokyo is no way to immerse oneself in the local culture. If you’re weary of exotic foods, have one meal that’s more familiar and then jump right back in.

Rule #3: Be a food tourist. Have fries and waffles in Belgium, try pasta in Rome and pizza in Naples, eat fish and chips in London, and so on. You get the picture.

Rule #4: Don’t be afraid to splurge at least once. Holes-in-the-wall are rife with fantastic food, but spending an evening in the care of a Michelin-starred restaurant’s chef and staff can be an unparalleled experience. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/localjapantimes)

Rule #5: Don’t forget about your diet, but… forget about your diet. All this means is, don’t eat yourself sick or make yourself feel too gluttonous, but realize that you may not walk past that street vendor again or have the chance to dine at a high-end eatery again, so feel fine with indulging a little more than normal.