There’s a lot to do when you travel. See famous art, meet new people, visit landmarks, hike or run. But there’s one thing that’s often unique: the food you can eat from place to place. Even if it’s small, every bite of food is different and exciting. And street food, purely local, person to person, might top the list there. So, what makes street food that exciting? The reasons that make trying street food while traveling an adventure. Look at this article to learn the most exciting part when traveling.
Why You Should Eat Street Food When Traveling
The authenticity of the food is such a big deal that even multinational scientists care about it. But it’s hard for food to be more authentic than when someone takes a recipe that’s a part of their life and brings it out on the street to be sold. For locals, they’ll be getting the same sort of comfort food around the world that they might have themselves at home. For travelers, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get something that a local would eat themselves – but it might be very new to you!
It’s hard not to have a bias towards one kind of food or another, and not everyone’s going to like burgers when they come to America or crêpes when they visit France, but more often than not, street food and local restaurants turn out to serve up tastes you wouldn’t see elsewhere – good ones. An open mind goes a long way to realizing, wow, the food they make here really is good. Because from a culinary standpoint, street food often is!
When it comes to getting up in the morning, you can do it most cheaply with the help of just about every Keurig model, though one will probably suit you better than the others. But once you’re going out for lunch or dinner, you’ll want to focus on more substantial things, possibly with less caffeine, and street food and drink are there for that purpose. This is especially true at lunchtime and during “happy hour”, which varies from region to region. Local, independent food sellers can offer lower prices.
You get good value for your money
When you eat at a restaurant while traveling, you’re paying not just for the food, but for the service. That’s true of street food too, except the prices you’ll pay at a street vendor are less than at a restaurant most of the time! When you’ve already got a cramped vacation budget, this can be a godsend.
It supports local small businesses
Street food and drink are by definition sold by local, small businesses. You’ll rarely see larger chains setting up stalls, driving trucks, or managing booths. And they really are businesses: in Canada, for example, street food businesses grew around 2.3% each year from 2013 to 2018. That’s a decent margin, but they can always do better – and supporting them means supporting people like you!
Considering everything, street food and drink might be a reason to travel on their own, and it’s definitely worth trying when you do travel!