Eating like a local whilst travelling isn’t a new concept but it’s often difficult to find the balance between eating for convenience and leaving a small impact on the environment. Where’s the gratification of eating the same meal you could do back home? Instead, why not step out of your comfort zone to eat local on your travels?
1. Helping the Local Economy
It’s not just you who gets something out of being a local – the community you’re visiting will benefit from you buying their produce, right down from supplier to owners and staff. Market and street sellers need to sustain their families and you can help them by showing your support buying their homegrown or home-cooked food.
2. Discovering Unusual Food
The chances are you’ll find varieties of authentic food that might not be stocked up commercial shops and discover something new on your travels which hasn’t travelled thousands of miles to get to you. You might also learn how different ingredients are used in their national dishes and start cooking them for yourself when you get home!
3. Save While You Spend
Whether you’re a first time backpacker or a seasoned traveller, everyone likes to save a bit of cash on the road. Shopping from a market or street vendor will cut your costs when you buy from their businesses rather than spending your money in an over-priced restaurant or shop.
4. Culturally Enriching
Keeping to local businesses will give you the opportunity to glimpse into the community which you’re travelling in by hanging out in local areas. You’ll also be able to get an insight into how they cook their food, their cultural heritage and the language they use which can help you along with your own travels.
5. Being Brave
Sharing a corn cob or a bowl of noodles on the street will get you chatting to people you might not ordinarily get to talk to. Embrace the local community to encounter new people and situations where you can immerse yourself and enjoy your experiences with a fresh perspective.