7. Take a Cruise with multiple stops at ports-You get the best of two worlds by doing this kind of traveling. Not only can cruise ships have some of the best foods you already enjoy but when you stop at multiple international ports you have the ability to expose yourself to some really great local eats at each port.
6. A week before you travel, recreate the foods in your kitchen-Did you know it takes 7 times before a child can be able to fully determine if they like or don’t like a certain food? The same can pretty much apply to adults. Before you head out on a big international adventure familiarize yourself with some of the foods that are local to the area. Make a few meals at home and feel out the ones you really like and want to try once you reach your travel destination. (Check the Travel Trend of the Week for a good method to help you achieve this method).
5. Know and learn to say no thanks to certain foods-One time we were watching a special on the cuisine of Southern Korea and let’s just say we almost vomited from just watching this particular special. The food, we quickly determined, simply wasn’t for us. We know it’s suppose to be rude to turn down food that is suggested or given to you, especially when in someones house, but it’s okay to have a limit and not budge. We, for example, don’t eat pork, so we won’t be shifting gears anytime soon. If you really don’t feel comfortable turning down food from hosts but want a way out, just say you have dietary restrictions or that you are allergic.
4. Expect your stomach to get a little queasy- While you may not get sick and vomit all over your hotel room expect your stomach to turn a little sideways when eating foods made from around the world. It’s just going to happen eventually when you consume foreign food you normally don’t eat on a regular basis. If you don’t end up getting even a little sick at all, that’s okay too.
3. Indulge yourself…but not too much- This advice is a great way to avoid tip #4. You want to enjoy all the best foods you can but don’t over do it. Not to sound like food critics but allow yourself the ability savior every bite and take a moment to enjoy the particular foods unique taste, texture and smells. Also, by indulging a little less you give yourself the ability to try a wider range of foods without feeling like crap later.
2. Remember that service is different everywhere- Here’s a funny story: when we were in Murcia, Spain, we would go to a few local neighbor pubs and restaurants every so often to experience the area or have a joyful evening. After placing our initial order of drinks or food with the waiter or waitress they would never return back our table again. If we wanted another drink or more food we had to find the waiter or get up to order it ourselves. Those experiences taught us service is different across the globe. Make little adjustments and you will be more likely to always enjoy your food.
1. Ask for the local dish- Okay, so you will definitely look and sound like an American when you ask for the local dish but it works. If you are at a restaurant or pub, instead of choosing the same ol’ American hamburger ask the server what the favorite local dishes are and choose one or two. Many of our favorite meals where discovered by simply asking what the locals eat. Plus, it’s a great way to be spontaneous and add to the wonderfulness that is international travel.