I have a suggestion for your next 3-day weekend, road trip or backpacking adventure. I’m going to be controversial for a second, okay? Rather than focusing on what you’re going to see and do, why not make what you’re going to eat a priority, instead? I’ve been criticized for this mentality of prioritizing food over historical sights, free walking tours and the like. My response? Eating is essential, therefore it’s worth the effort to prioritize it. Plus, everyone deserves an eating spree à la Eat, Pray, Love once in awhile (or if you’re like me, often).
Let’s be real, most of the best eats tend to be found in the cooler, lesser known, neighborhoods where culture oozes from every street corner. So, why not follow your nose until you stumble upon an authentic local’s only lunch counter in Granada, Spain or maybe a tiny, yet bustling, deli in NYC?
Two simple steps to let your gut lead the way when traveling:
Cut and dry research
Do a quick Google search: “what to eat in [insert city here]”. You’ll come across the location-specific must-haves in no time. Now skim through Yelp, Google Maps and Foursquare for a few highly-rated, and within budget, options that you can save to your mobile map of choice. Don’t overlook central markets, street vendors and bakeries!
Analyze the map
Zoom out on your map and notice where the clusters begin to appear because this is where you’re bound to find fun and make memories. Search the area for museums, public outdoor spaces, amusement parks or carnivals, coffee shops and theaters. It’ll vary depending on the length of your trip, but try to tackle a cluster in an afternoon, full-day or long weekend.
When’s the next time you’ll let your gut guide you?
Written By: Jordan L Bryant
Editing By: DJ Williams
Photos By: Martha Pimentel Photography
Ad Photo By: Blue Eagle Society Photography
Click the button above to learn more about Jordan L Bryant