A food tour is a really fun and unique way of discovering all the new foods and cuisines on offer in a city or a country. Whether it is hopping along to the next city for the day or a weekend break across the border, there are some things that you need to do to make sure that you get the very best out of it. In this article, we are going to explore some of the things that you can do to help you to prepare for a food tour.
Do not eat right before
You are going to eat lots of delicious (or not so!) food on your food tour, so you are going to want to make sure that you have plenty of room in your stomach. The night before, have a light meal and in the morning, if you need to eat before you go, have something that will give you plenty of energy to keep you going for the day without filling you up too much.
The last thing you want to be doing is walking around in a heavy sweater and boots if it is hot and sunny, or in shorts and a shirt and it is cool and raining. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Layers are your friend here – lightweight jackets and cardigans and hoodies can be taken off and put into your bag, or put on if the temperature drops. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes that will not hurt your feet after a long day of walking about.
Do not forget the essentials either; many people do not think about things like a hat if it is sunny, or a pair of sunglasses. If you wear glasses, make sure you take a pair that can help you see yourself better and what you are doing!
Take a bottle of water
Walking around can be a thirsty business, so rather than having to find stores along the way to buy water, take a refillable bottle along with you. When you stop for food, you are usually provided with a drink or some water, but you may well find that you need or want something for the journey, particularly on warmer days.
Arrive in plenty of time – and use the bathroom
The last thing you want to do is turn up to your tour and everyone is waiting for you – or even worse, they have all gone on and you have to find them. If you are not familiar with the area, plan your route, and work out where you need to go, including parking and paying for parking. Also, use the bathroom – there may not be any in-between stops for you to use.
A food tour is an enriching, educational, and fun experience. It doesn’t matter whether it is on your own front door or the other side of the world, you will get so much out of it – as long as you are prepared.
This is a contributed post.