How I stumbled and fell into my travel personality and how you can find yours!
I love food, but not all food. I want to get excited about it! I want to see and taste the passion and imagination that went into creating a dish. Obviously, if you put a bread basket in front of me I’m going to eat it because hello? Carbs! But, how much more exciting would it be to (waste those calories) have a homemade gruyere and truffle popover still warm from the oven? I mean your mouth must be watering, right?
Ok, back to the point, my husband and I flew across the world to see all the amazing sights and experience all the history that Europe has to offer. Our days were long! We wanted to see as much as possible! That usually meant eating on the go. Grabbing food from a street vendor or small café on our way to our next must-see. Most of these places catered to tourists and are not as authentic as I would have liked. I don’t know about you but I did not want to go to France and have McDonald's.
Paris is the food capital of the world! Do you want to know what our first meal was in the city of love? Two pre-made grocery store sandwiches and a bag of chips from the corner store down the street from our Airbnb. I know, I’m ashamed of myself. In my defense, it was late, nearby, and the only thing open. We didn’t have a plan to experience the culture through the food. This was a revelation for me and has changed the way I have planned every trip since then. We didn’t have, what I like to call a “food-tinerary.”
While we were planning our first trip across Europe we discussed the Eiffel tower, the Colosseum, the wine, oh the wine! I assumed we’d have time to speak to locals and get recommendations, look up a place for dinner on Yelp, or just stumble upon incredible food every time we got hungry. That is not how the real world works. You are walking 10-15 miles A DAY and trying to see as much as possible in the short amount of time you have in each incredible city. It’s exhausting and you tend to get hangry. Real Hangry.
So, what should you do?
My husband is the planner in our relationship, I am more go with the flow. Don’t be like me! Look up reviews, talk to friends, or visit some of my following recommendations. By planning incredibly, delectable food into our everyday plans it gave us the opportunity to learn about the local culture from a different perspective and unwind from the day. Possibly, more importantly, sit down.
Your passion may not be food and you may crave the consistency of a burger from McDonald's, but you may be passionate about vintage cars, glass art, or museums. Whatever your passion is plan around that! It will make your trip so much more enjoyable and personal.