Tuesday Trivia: Food – A Travel Challenge
What’s the most difficult part about travel?
As much as I like food and trying new things, you wouldn’t think this would be the case, but it is.
When I’m traveling for work, I’m not necessarily focused on food. I’m juggling luggage, purse and a coat; hoping I still have my boarding pass; checking the time to make sure I’m not going to miss a flight, a call or a meeting; fighting the crowds of people who typically don’t know how to get from point A to point B while occasionally being a member of that horde myself.
Plus, airport food, in particular, is almost always, without fail, disgusting.
So, when I’m traveling for work, food becomes an afterthought. I wind up running on nothing much more than repeated infusions of triple grande peppermint mochas from Starbucks. If I’m lucky, I supplement this diet with a petite vanilla bean scone.
Talk about a healthy diet.
But… Things are a little bit different when I’m traveling for fun.
Food is still a challenge, but that’s because I feel like a kid in a candy store and can barely think straight in order to make a choice.
And then there’s the mild panic that I might pick something that sucks and will have wasted an entire meal on cruddy food.
Ack! Quelle horreur!
I do my best to rely on my gut reaction to a place and the recommendations of locals. This helps ease the anxiety of making a bad choice.
For example, I was in Texas for SXSW and made a trip out to my parents’ house before joining in on the SXSW festivities. Driving through Dripping Springs, there were a bunch of cars parked outside this little building, Flores Breakfast & Lunch Tacos. I drove past. My gut screamed at me to stop and turn around. I listened. Went back. Ordered a chorizo and egg taco, and a carne guisada taco.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Well, it was the best decisions I made that day. But why quibble?
Now… What about you? Is food your travel nemesis? Or does something else about traveling give you hives and night sweats?
*The source of Tuesday Trivia is my set of “Travel Topics To Go” cards. Learn more.