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Travel Tip Tuesday Skip the Chains and Eat Local

Travel Tip Tuesday #5: Always Eat Local (Skip the Chains!)

by Jeremy B

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday, readers! This is the 5th post in our series! In this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday post we are talking food. Specifically, local food.

As our readers know, our new “Travel Tip Tuesday” series publishes one interesting (and often funny) travel tip. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

Travel Tip Tuesday: Eat Local & Skip that Nasty Chili’s!

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Now that we’ve got that song stuck in your head! 🙂

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Whenever possible, skip the big food chains and eat local. There are several reasons why eating local while traveling is a great idea:

  1. Supports the local small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Why give your shekels to some corporate behemoth when you can give it to Evan and Sarah who are the owners of that local hipster taco truck. Supporting that local business could mean the world to them. Your 14.00 dinner will likely go a lot farther for them than it will for the folks over at Outback Steakhouse.
  2. You might get a more unique experience. I am pretty sure that every Chili’s looks the same and I suppose there’s a sense of safety in that. You KNOW what you are getting yourself into. But where’s the fun in that? You haven’t lived until you got a batch of food poisoning from that sketchy Somali BBQ joint that had a B rating in the window. Go for it! Your experience will likely be unique. Perhaps even memorable. Better yet…even fun.
  3. The food could be better. Who knows, the food could be better. I mean a piece of pecan pie made by Erma using her secret recipe passed down from generation to generation is going to be pretty good and definitely better than a piece of pie from Black Angus.

So, when traveling for work or even traveling for pleasure, try to eat local whenever you can. Skip those big chains. They will be alright.

Until our Next Travel Tip Tuesday…

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Jayme February 19, 2019 - 5:39 am

This is a great tip! And I also do this for coffee shops too- as much as I love my PSLs, I never go to Starbucks when I travel! Local coffee shops have such a unique decor and I find that their baked goods really reflect the local tastes and preferences. Happy travels!

The C Boarding Group February 19, 2019 - 5:41 am

Smart! I do love local coffee shops, although I am prob not as consistent with shopping at them as I ought to be.

Cipher February 19, 2019 - 4:47 pm

This is funny, all the chains are the same. Being a picky eater that is what I go for. But when I do branch out, some of the small places are so good I wonder what I was afraid of 🙂

The C Boarding Group February 19, 2019 - 5:18 pm


thismomsstlouis June 14, 2019 - 3:21 am

I always wonder why people travel and eat the same things they had access to back home!

The C Boarding Group June 23, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Makes no sense


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