How to Find Places to Eat While Traveling
Summary: If you are out-of-town and are struggling to figure out where to eat, read below for some tips on finding the best spots.
When you are out traveling it is an excellent time to try new things and really experience another way of living. Visiting museums and walking around are fantastic ways of learning about an area and its culture, but another method that is oftentimes overlooked is simply grabbing a bite to eat. You can learn a great deal about a community via the cuisine it offers. Even if you do not consider yourself a ‘foodie,’ continue reading for some useful advice on how to make each meal enjoyable and memorable.
Stay Away From Touristy Spots
Looking up travel guides before you go to a new destination can be useful for many different reasons. These guides can help you familiarize yourself what the area is like and it will give you a glimpse into what to expect. However, if you want to get an authentic feel for life in a region, you need to immerse yourself into it with an open mind. If you use a travel guide to find which attractions to look at or which restaurants you should stop by, there is a good chance you will find yourself at spots crowded with multiple other tourists.
If you are hoping to avoid the crowded, more mainstream restaurants, your best bet would be to ask the locals. Ask your hotel concierge, your taxi driver, or someone you meet on the streets to get a better idea of which places truly offer the most authentic food.
Look Up Local Dishes
Chicago is a major city with all sorts of different restaurants but one of the dishes the city is most famous for is its deep-dish pizza. You may get lucky and find the dish in other parts of the world, but if you want to taste the original style you cannot go elsewhere. Travelers should do their research and look up the local dishes that their destination is well-known for, so they can get a taste of the genuine local classics.