Do you ever get frustrated when trying to find a decent meal on vacation? ME TOO. It can be especially aggravating in tourist hubs where every restaurant seems to be offering the same thing for the “best price.” You get ripped off, you get crap food, you get angry! Not to worry, I’ve gathered some of my travel savvy blogger friends together to offer you tips on how to keep your belly happy while traipsing the unknown.
Rachel, quippy author of Rachel’s Symbiotic Life, depends on Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations, “I can’t emphasize what a valuable tool that site can be. Having so many reviewers share such insightful information really allowed us to hand pick places we thought would be a good fit for us.” In her recent travels around Europe, she found that straying from the main streets and looking for places packed with locals made for a sure thing when it came to impromptu meals. Read more about her recent trip to Italy here: Food in Pisa.
|Jen, making Hawaii proud|
Jen, fellow Hawaii blogger of Jenkakio, spent one month backpacking through Europe with two male friends starting in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Within a month, she visited Berlin, Poland, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Tuscany (Empoli to be exact), Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Munich, Salzburg, and Heidelberg. Dang girl, now that’s getting around! Jen had the following advice:
– To save money, go to the grocery store or farmer’s market and have a picnic. Europe’s groceries were super cheap and fresh.
– Never turn down a food adventure. I’ve never ate ostrich before and when the opportunity arose, I snatched one up without thinking. Best foodie experience of the trip.
– (In a foreign country) Learn how to say “please”, “thank you”, “hello”, “sorry”, “help”, and “beer” in every language you will be encountering. Okay, maybe “beer” is not needed for everybody, unless you are me.
Jen wrote many excellent posts about her adventures in Europe, check them out here: Jenkakio.
|Jen’s first ostrich|
Lindsay, style savvy author of Black+Blonde, just returned from her wedding/honeymoon in Belize, where she scored more lobster than my jealous heart cares to discuss. She offers the following tips:
“First off, I would suggest avoiding the fancy restaurants. I love me some ambience and white tablecloths, but abroad (especially in the caribbean), it’s a sign to go the other way. You end up spending way too much money on mediocre food.
Go for the hole in the walls instead. We went to this roadside restaurant in Belize and had the best meal of our trip! I ordered a coconut creme lobster tail and ended up getting two tails plus two additional sides. The grand total for our meal? About $30 US.
|Lovely Lindsay and her Lobster|