One of the awesome things about traveling to new vacation spots is that you get to try out new restaurants. Many times, the cuisine that you get to sample is going to be the thing that you remember most about a journey. Trying Chinese food in China. Trying Thai food from a famous restaurant in Seattle. Digging into the cultural tastes down in Louisiana. These are the experiences of a lifetime!
So you can do a little bit of extra-sensory digging while you’re at these places, paying specific attention to the quality of the food, the vibe of the the environment, how nice the people are there, the cost-efficiency of your cash flow, and your internal narrative about whether you would recommend a place to others.
Quality of Food
Obviously, the best restaurants in the world are going to have some of the best quality food in the world, but being able to register that quality is something you can pay extra attention to while you’re eating. Understanding things like spices, flavors, or even preparation methods will give you a deeper understanding of your meal as a whole.
Quality of Surroundings
The devil is in the details in many eateries, and that’s why it can be fun to pay attention to details like the quality of the barstools at a pub, or the way that things are decorated at a famous Italian place, or what kind of history the photographs on the wall of a famous diner have. The more you look and listen, the more you’re going to appreciate the ambiance of the places that you’re eating at.
How Nice People Are
All other things being equal, sometimes it’s fun to plan a trip to somewhere that’s known for people being happy or nice! When you visit these places, when you eat at the restaurants, when you wander through the grocery stores in search of a snack, you can appreciate the overall attitude and see if it’s something that you can incorporate into your life back home as well.
How much bang do you get for your buck at the restaurant you’re eating at? Do you get a lot of food? Do you get a lot of flavor? Are you paying for the brand, or the ability to talk about the experience? Paying attention to those kinds of details are what make the story worth telling later!
If You Would Recommend It To Others
On your travels, it’s always fun to think about how other people would enjoy what you’re doing. You don’t have to give extensive reviews, but just going over in your head if you’d recommend a restaurant to a friend, and why, then you might figure out how to appreciate the experience of the present that much more.