Do you agree that eating is one of the best parts of travelling? If you do, then you are going to love today’s post about the five best ways to experience food whilst travelling.
How to combine your passions of food and travel
Sampling the local cuisine is one of the most exciting parts of any travel adventure. After all, the best thing about travel is that it not only exposes us to new encounters outside of our comfort zone, but it also enables us to experience the familiar in unique ways.
I’m a food and travel blogger, so eating whilst travelling is basically my biggest passion! I get very excited of discovering the different ingredients and dishes of the city or country I am visiting. You can learn a lot about a culture and about people by tasting their favourite foods!
I love sharing dining experiences with my travel buddies (and perhaps with new friends met on the road!) at a food market in Tel Aviv or at a Malaysian street food joint in Penang. Sitting down in a traditional Roman trattorias eating spaghetti alla Carbonara or at a fancy, upscale in Tokyo, London or New York.
What’s better than eating your way around a new place, sightseeing while also keeping your belly full and making yourself happy? Or joining a walking food tour or a cooking class to learn new skills from the locals (like how to make pasta noodles in Greece or how to cook Moroccan tagine in Marrakech). These are all the things that make a holiday memorable to me!
Ever sampled a food or drink abroad and wished you could eat like that every day? Then these five suggestions might just be perfect for you…
1. Working in a café
If you’re looking for a way to fund your travel adventures, a part-time job on the road is a great way to put a little extra cash in your pocket. Your new place of work is sure to provide a little extra food inspo. You will learn new skills, for example you could become a professional barista or front of house manager. You will make friends and spend your time abroad in a meaningful way, whilst also earning some money. It’s also a great opportunity to observe the regional delicacies, and watch the locals try them first – always a good idea if there’s a dish you’re on the fence about!
2. Start your own food business
This suggestion is ambitious – but why not aim high? If your great passions in life include travelling or cooking, a travelling culinary establishment may just be the perfect career for you! Even if you have no business experience under your belt just yet, flexible study with ARU Distance Learning can help you master the technical skills you need to keep things ticking over. After that, all you’ll need is your love of food and a few failsafe recipes to feed your hungry customers!
Depending on the country where you choose to trade in, you may not even need a lot of paperwork to launch your own food business. This could be making and selling food products or teaching cooking classes or becoming a pastry chef. The choice is endless, all you need is passion, drive and a big dream!
3. Learn from the locals
Are you looking for regional recipes to show off to your friends back home? Just ask! If you can befriend a local, they are often more than happy to show you their favourite dishes, and will sometimes even have a few tips and tweaks you won’t find in any cookbook. If you’re too shy to ask the locals to teach you, you can always book a cooking experience (in person or virtual) such as a pasta making workshop in Italy. There is no tastier way to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you’re visiting!
4. Freelance writer
If you can snag yourself a job as a freelance food writer, you’ve got yourself a sweet deal. One things I learnt working as a journalist, is that anyone can pitch a story idea to a magazine/travel website editor…and have a chance to get a commission! All you need is an interesting, clever, original and timely topic and you have a good chance to make some money writing about it.
But if you can’t find a paid gig, then do it for the love of it! With a huge demand for travel stories out there, so why not become a travel blogger? Thanks to the vaccination drive across the world, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Soon we will be able to return to normal life and explore the world again.
Travel blogging is a great way to turn your love of restaurant adventuring into a hobby and share your joint passions for food and travel with an audience who share your enthusiasm.
5. Write a Bucket list
Research your destination before your travel, and find out what the most popular dishes of that region are. Put together a list of the ones you most want to try and see how many you can cross off!
Or, for an added twist, compile a list of foods that you least like the look of and pledge to try at least one thing on that list. If you’re wrong about it, it’ll be a pleasant surprise! And if you’re right, at least you can say you tried.
These are just five ways for adventurous travellers to experience food whilst abroad… and have a blast while doing it!