Living Free: Why You Should Eat Everything When Travelling Abroad

My love and desire for travelling is fuelled by many different things: My need to experience new customs and cultures, new smells (good or shocking), passport stamps (I actually feel giddy) and amazing scenery (I want to book a trip right now!!!). But hands down, my favourite part of travelling is the food.

Actual footage of me inhaling food while abroad

While most people look up places to see, things to do and prime Instagram photo locations, I look up the local food and where I can find the best version of it. Pho in Vietnam, Pad Thai in Thailand, Tapas in Spain, Sushi in Japan, Pizza and Pasta in Italy, Fish and Chips in England, Curry in Malaysia and Gyros in Greece (just to name a few). I.Love.It.All. And I want you to love it as much as I do! Maybe I’m thinking too much into it, but I feel you form a deeper connection when you eat locally. Especially, when it’s a hole in the wall. You feel as if you’re in someone’s home being served the way they serve their own family (in Vietnam this might actually be the case!).  It becomes a safe space to practice the local language and get answers and suggestions to places and things you won’t find in a guidebook or on TripAdvisor. Also, the food always ends up being ten times better :). So, on your next trip ditch those terrible thoughts about how much you’ve consumed, find a restaurant with a menu you don’t understand and live your life on the eating edge. I mean, look at all of this cultural delicious-ness!

Fish and Chips - England
Fish and Chips – England
Pizza – Florence, Italy
Pad Thai – Bangkok, Thailand
Greek Salad - Corfu, Greece
Greek Salad – Corfu, Greece
Gyro - Mykonos, Greece
Gyro – Mykonos, Greece
Nasi Kandar – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian

I just really love food. All food. I love food as much as this sloth:

More images of me eating while abroad

What are your thoughts on eating abroad? Do you like to play it safe or take a chance? And I’m dying to know….what type of food is your favourite!? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Etajha Gilmer is a Los Angeles native and alumna of Loyola Marymount University where she majored in Communication Studies and Minored in Sociology. After graduating she spent a year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam teaching English and travelling throughout South East Asia before deciding to go back to school to get her Masters in Public Relations and Strategic Communications in Leeds, England at Leeds Beckett University. Currently, she is pursuing opportunities that allow her to combine her love of travel, fashion and health and digital media....but ultimately pays the bills. To keep track of Etajha and her shenanigans be sure to follow her on Instagram!

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