Since it's the season for great food and delicious treats, I figured I'd rotate my editors' picks this week around some of my favorite dishes to try while traveling! Especially during this time when many of us are unable to scratch that travel itch and our urge to travel is overwhelming, food is one of the few things that can help rekindle old travel memories and get us excited. for the trips we will one day make! So without further ado, here are my five favorite dishes that you absolutely must try while traveling!
Maduros and Croquetas de Jamón in Miami, Florida
Miami is known for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches, but it's also a great family destination with world-class restaurants that will appeal to even the most discerning. Visit one of the many Cuban restaurants in the area and order maduros and ham croquettes. (Actually, go ahead and order two of each… you're going to eat them!). Maduros are sweet fried plantains that look similar to bananas. There are quite a few dishes you can make with them, but my favorite is the sweet maduros you order as an appetizer. Ham croquettes are also delicious, with a fried exterior (you fry it, I buy it!) And a soft, battered texture in the middle. They are usually out of the plate before the server even sets them down!
Sticky Mango Rice in Thailand
This is one of those delicious treats that have become one of my favorites while traveling through Thailand. (and you can be sure your kids will eat it!). There is something about Thai mangoes that makes this dish so delicious. Mangoes in Thailand seem to be sweeter and juicier! Add in the creamy coconut sticky rice and you've got an irresistible dish that you'll deliberately save space for every meal!
Weinerschnitzel in Austria
This dish is quite well known around the world and there are many variations in many different countries. However, the traditional Austrian dish is effectively protected by law and must be prepared with veal. If it is made with pork (as is more traditional in Germany), it cannot be called weinerschnitzel. There are many ways to enjoy this dish, but my favorite is the simpler version with a little lemon juice sprinkled on top!
Nasi Goreng in Indonesia
It's Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top. I mean, can a dish be better !? Made with chicken, garlic, onion, chili, sweet soy sauce and shrimp paste on rice, this is one of those dishes that is hard not to miss. order when you see it on the menu. It can tend to get a little kicked up, so make sure whoever orders it likes a little heat on their plate!
Grits - all over the southern United States
Head to any southern state for breakfast and oatmeal will surely be on the menu. Made from stone ground corn then cooked in a porridge-like dish, I admit they don't look overly appetizing. They can be sweet or savory, however, and just about anyone can find a way to enjoy them. My favorite is when they're made with heavy cream and butter on top. It's extremely decadent (and obviously not unhealthy at all!) And your kids will be asking for seconds! Many people also enjoy oatmeal for dinner in a dish like shrimp and oatmeal. Usually they aren't as sweet in a more salty dish like this, so they complement the shrimp. However, you decide to eat them, you won't be disappointed!
These are just a few of the foods everyone should try while traveling! Are you going to the Middle East? Try to order a fatty salad and labneh! Are you going to Ireland? Then you absolutely must order the black pudding! Honestly, there are so many more that could easily have secured a spot in my top five, but all of these are the ones I'll never say no to and will have special memories for us! After all, making memories with your family is what traveling is all about!
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But I’ve learned a ton from my experiences, too. tera celebrate a full decade since I stumbled my way out of the U. K. and began a life of full-time travel, I’ve compiled an enormous list of my biggest and best travel tips. These are all things that I wish someone had told me before I started traveling, so I hope you’ll find them useful, inspiring, educational, and entertaining. I love trying new things, and I’ve found a thousand amazing dishes that I never would have discovered if I’d continue to eat from supermarkets around the world. Trying new food isn’t scary, and you’ll build your confidence up as you fall in love with more and more things.
One of the first lessons I learned on the road was that your orgie will nearly always change. You’ll arrive in a place and hate it and want to leave immediately, or you’ll fall in love with a destination and want to spend longer there. You’ll make friends with a group of awesome people and want to change your partouze so you can travel with them for longer, or you’ll find out about an amazing-sounding town that’s nearby and want to head there instead.
Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it. Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.
If you do only one thing before you leave, make it getting travel insurance. I’ve heard far too many horror stories of travellers injuring themselves in remote places and ending up in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because you know those travellers thought that, too. I’ve use World Nomads for my travel insurance provider for six years and recommend them to everyone I know. They were fantastic to deal with when making a claim.
People laughed at me when I said that I was carrying around a dozen spare passport photos, but they’ve been incredibly useful and saved me a ton of time and hassle. Who wants to wander the streets of some rural town in Cambodia searching for someone who can take your photo ? Friends of mine had to do this !
I’ve used them to apply for visas around the world, to get a new passport when mine expired while I was on the other side of the planet, and I even needed one to buy a local SIM card in Nepal ! Having spares in my backpack meant that I didn’t have to waste a day researching and then wandering around a city to try to find someone who could take a passport-sized photo of me.
I’m fortunate to have never had to deal with lost luggage, but I did have my backpack ripped open on a flight and I was grateful to have not had anything valuable in it at the time. I’ve also been on dodgy buses in Southeast Asia where we’ve arrived at our destination and people have had items stolen by someone hiding out in the luggage hold while we were transit.
If there’s anything I’d be upset to lose, I keep it in my daypack, which is always by my side on travel days. For me, that’s my passport, laptop, camera, external hard drive, a debit card, and some spare cash. As long as I have all of these, I can survive indefinitely.
When you travel, you’re in the sun more than most people thanks to months of island-hopping and beach time, as well as entire days spent outside exploring. Wear sunscreen every solo day, regardless of the weather and temperature, because you really don’t want your trip of a lifetime to result in skin cancer or a body that’s blanketed in leathery wrinkles.
There have been so many times when I’ve been too shy to ask someone to take my photo in a place and I’ve almost always regretted it. After eight years of travel, I probably only have around 200 photos of me around the world. Photos of the beautiful places you visit are great and all, but when you get home, they’re not all that different to the ones everyone else has taken there, too. Photos with you in them are special and they’ll mean a lot more to you when you look back at them. You’ll gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hello, please, sorry, and thank you. On that note, remember : if you don’t speak the language, it’s your problem, not theirs. And please don’t start speaking louder to make yourself understood. Try miming instead, or using a translation app on your phone.
Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunk backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud parcs nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep. I’ve been using Sleep Phones to block out light and listen to podcasts and I love them.
I’d always been all about the packing cubes, until I discovered vacuum-sealed versions of them ! You throw your clothes in, seal the bag, then roll it up to push out all the air. I can literally fit twice as many clothes in my backpack when I use these ! Even if you don’t want to carry more things in your bag, it frees up so much space that if you need to pack in a hurry, you can just chuck everything in.
Sometimes your bank will block your card, sometimes your card won’t work in an ATM, and sometimes you could even lose it or have it stolen. Bring at least three debit/credit cards with you that are all linked to different accounts ( with money in them ! ) Keep one in your backpack, one in your daypack, and one on your person.
I carry a spare 300 USD that’s split up in various places in my backpack, daypack, and occasionally, my shoe when I’m nervous I’ll be robbed. It means that in a worse-case scenario, I can pay for some food, a dorm bed, and a Skype call to my family to get an emergency wire transfer until I can get back on my feet again. I went with U. S. dollars because it’s the most widely accepted currency around the world and easy to change.
When I decided to see if it was possible to visit the Maldives on a budget back in 2014, information was so sparse that I couldn’t even find a photo of the islands I’d decided to visit. Well, that trip was one of my highlights of the past eight years and I’m so glad I went, despite not being able to find any information online. And the advantage to that lack of information was getting to be the only tourist on an entire island — I had the whole beach to myself ! If you know it’s safe to travel somewhere, but can’t find out much else, go for it. It’s probably far easier to get there than you think. And if not, it makes for a good story.
I’m definitely testament to that ! But expecting everything to go perfectly on your trip is only setting yourself up to fail. Nobody goes travelling and comes back without any stories of mishaps. No matter how prepared you are, at some point you’re going to get lost, get scammed, miss your bus, get food poisoning, injure yourself… the list is endless ! Expect it to happen, and don’t beat yourself up when it does. In a month’s time, you’ll find it funny rather than frustrating.
It achieves absolutely nothing and makes you look like an asshole. Instead, calm down, put a smile on your face, think of how this will make a great story one day, and rationally figure out an alternative plan. This too shall pass.
What happens if you arrive in a city, go to grab your mail confirmation for your accommodation, and your phone and laptop are out of battery ? I always make sure I have a copy of my guesthouse name and their address, as well as directions if I won’t be taking a taxi. Once I arrive, I’ll grab one of the hotel’s cards, so I’ll always know where I’m staying, and can show it to locals to ask for help with finding my way back.
So many people will tell you not to travel with pantalons, but if you wear pantalons all the time at home, you’ll want to wear them while travelling, too. I didn’t start travelling with jeans until my second year of travel, and man, I missed them so much ! They’re not *that* bulky so you really don’t need to worry about the extra space and weight. And in many cities in Europe, you’ll want to wear pantalons to fit in with the locals — you don’t want to look like a grubby backpacker in Paris !
Checking out is when you’re most likely to lose something. Whenever I check out of a place, I check the bathroom, I check under the beds, I check the desks, and then I make sure I have my passport, laptop, dashcam, money, phone, and external hard drive. I’ll be fine if I leave anything else behind. Having a routine that you go through every single time will help you keep track of everything. I learned my lesson with this one when I left my passport behind in a guesthouse in Bagan, then left it in an apartment in London two months later.