What is the best way to find good food to eat if you travel abroad on your own?
You may be surprised how easy it is simply by nice to others and by asking plus a little bit of common sense!
Unless you are in a country where the language is totally you are unfamiliar with, else the following could serve as a guide:
- Try what other diners are eating. Do this by trying to ask the diners at the adjacent table. Or if language is an issue for expressing, you may just carefully point to the meals of others with a polite nodding; the food server will know what you mean.
- Follow the locals. You may want to know how effective it is to have a better meal and at a price that is right. For instance, If you can’t find a local paper or a travel guide, the easiest way is to ask the hotel staff where they usually go for a special meal, or a cheap meal, or for the food you like.
- Sample the cuisine or meal your places of interest are known for. For example if you are a vegetarian, you will not find it a problem to eat in Vietnam, as the country is largely made up of Buddhist, who do not favor eating living things; however, a veggie traveler will find it frustrated in Peru as the broth may have derived from veggies, but floating within the bowl could be a solitary of chicken foot! One way to tackle this is to find out what chefs are locally famous for.
- To get good service and to decide what to eat. A simple “How are you?” and a willingness to ask “What should I order?” before meal is served will always eliminate disappointment with your food choice. The food server will appreciate your gesture and will provide you with great advice when you put it to them that way.
- Find out from those you know. If you have someone living in your travel destination or perhaps friends, who just returned from a trip there themselves, ask them for advice. Also it is always a good idea to consult a travel guide for recommendations and not to forget those guidebooks and magazines that are available for restaurants in your places of interest.
Oh, before I forget, what if you are totally unable to communicate and don’t consider learning some basics for a language like say, Ni How Mau? (in Chinese). In this case, I believe a traveler’s picture dictionary can be of great help, you could simply flip to the pages dedicated to food items, politely get your food server’s attention and point accordingly, think is easy, right?
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