Anthony Bourdain has traveled the world and experienced much of what it has to offer. Here are 5 tips from him that will make the most of your travels.
1. Eat Like a Local
Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at, or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips: he’s in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy, so seek out places crowded with locals. Lastly, avoid places where others of your kind are present.
2. Show Appreciation
People everywhere like it when you are appreciative of their food. I cannot stress enough how important your initial reactions to offerings of local specialties are to any possible relationships you might make abroad. Smile and try to look happy, even if you don’t like it. If you do like it, let them know through word or gesture of appreciation.
3. Visit Local Markets
Get up early and check out the central food market. It’s a fast way into a culture, where you’ll see the basics of the cuisine. You’ll often find local prepared foods at stands or stalls serving markets’ workers.
4. Travel Prepared
Be prepared to be stuck in an airport for indeterminate periods of time. Load your mobile device with as many games, songs, apps, and e-books as possible, to keep busy during long waits. Also, make sure to pack a battery charger to power up.
5. Get Comfortable
Remember to bring something scrunchy and long-sleeved, like a sweatshirt. You might need it as a pillow.
Keeping you in the know... For all you Foodies, The Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” Collection 6 Part 1 is now out on DVD! You can catch all the irreverent antics of Anthony anytime you want.