Guidebooks are all well and good, but they rarely take you off the beaten path. Before arriving in an unfamiliar place, pick an unusual food to track down in your destination; it’s even better if you can find the same food in multiple countries.
Finding specific foods is a particularly great way to pound the local pavement. Look for an egg salad sandwich, rhubarb pie, or a Bud Light. If you find it easily, come up with something else to hunt down. You never know what else you’ll discover in the process — and it can help give aimless days some form.
Pro tip: do some research before arriving and select a food item unique to the local culture.
[Photo: Flickr | david55king]