“If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” –Anthony Bourdain
It is not just the adventure you’ve experienced that makes traveling worth remembering. It is also the food you’ve eaten that leaves a lasting impression.
How to Find Great Restaurants During a Trip
Finding a great restaurant to dine in can be quite a struggle especially if you’re new in the place. Here is a quick guide to help you overcome that.
1. Consult a guidebook. Most city and tourist destinations have dedicated magazines or special publication issues that contain its “Best Of” list. They either itemize the top places to dine in or enumerate their delicacies that are available either in specialty stores or by the road. Use this to gather ideas on where to head on to whenever you want to fulfill your cravings.
2. Visit their website. Find the online portal of your destination and you’ll most likely see the recommended restaurants to go to, including specific directions on how to drive and get to it. Their contact information is probably posted there as well so you can easily call to inquire about the menu or the cost of a specific meal.
3. Check blogs and online reviews. Online media has never been so powerful since the birth of blogs and reviews. A simple Google search can give numerous results to various recommendations from people who have been to where you are at now. Read their insights, weigh its pros and cons so you will be guided on what to order in case you decide to check the restaurant out.
4. Leave your place and ask around. The trick lies in leaving your comfort zone and taking a risk. Supposing you are in a Makati City hotel for a business conference and you’d like to try out the best restaurants in the Philippines around the area. Eating on the same accommodation may result in a five-star treatment, true, but it shouldn’t end there. Get up and move, talk to the local folks and explore your options.
5. Follow the trail. The last secret is being observant and checking where the crowd is. If it is full-packed with people, they must have something good to offer.