Top Tips for Eating Out On Holiday

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Going on holiday should be a time to relax and unwind, but if you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet plan, you have unique dietary requirements to cater for, or you’re travelling with fussy eaters, it can be quite the opposite. Eating out on holiday isn’t always easy when you fall into either of these categories, but it’s certainly not impossible either!

Read on to discover some great tips for eating out on holiday. With a little planning and preparation, dining out while travelling doesn’t have to be such a challenge.

Research your all-inclusive options

If you’ve booked an all-inclusive holiday, it’s worth looking at what foods will be available to you. This is especially true if you’re heading off on a cruise with a company like Bolsover Cruises. You’ll obviously be limited to what’s on offer onboard the ship to some extent. However, most cruise shops offer an extensive range of cuisines and can cater for various different dietary requirements.

By researching your options before you go, you’ll be able to put together a rough diet plan you can follow. If you can’t find the relevant information online, call your holiday provider to check.

Garlic prawns, Morris restaurant, Sunny Beach

Indulge in local delicacies

Although you obviously want to stick to eating foods that meet your dietary requirements, one of the best things about travelling to a new country is being able to experience its local delicacies. You’ll get a much better feel for a destination if you allow yourself to indulge in the local food and culture. Don’t be afraid to try new things and head to local restaurants. Research the local foods before you go; that way, you’ll have an idea of which foods you’re likely to enjoy. You’ll never know how much you might enjoy something until you give it a try!

Traditional Grenadian oildown served in a Calabash with a bottle of Carib beer

Check out online reviews

An excellent way to find the best local food is to check out online reviews. Travel review sites are packed full of reviews on local restaurants and hidden gems that you may not otherwise come across. So, take your time to do some research and see which restaurants and local delicacies others recommend.

Close-up shot of battered fish and chunky homemade chips

Ask the locals where they like to eat

Don’t be afraid to approach the locals and ask them which restaurants they recommend eating at. A tourist might visit the area and write a glowing review about a particular restaurant on Tripadvisor, but it takes a local to know the food and drink scene inside out. Consider asking your bus driver where he recommends for food, or perhaps mention it to a cashier when you pop into one of the local shops.

Chicken kara'age ramen

With a little planning, you can create a list of potential foods to eat before you even head off on holiday. If you can’t find information about the types of foods offered on your holiday at a hotel or on a cruise ship, don’t be afraid to contact your holiday provider directly.

What are your top tips for eating out on holiday? Leave a comment below.

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18 Comments

  1. September 25, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    Yes I always look at trip advisor before I go away for restaurant ideas. Because I am a vegetarian I always have to plan in advance to make sure I know the places we go will have options for me.

    • September 25, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      It certainly does pay to do some research before you travel 🙂

  2. September 25, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Totally needed to read this! Some awesome advice. I recently got onto the keto diet and have been a bit overwhelmed with pre-planning meals for my holiday! Thanks for the tips!

    • September 25, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Me too! I do the keto diet. I don’t think I could stick to it on holiday though – you are very committed!

  3. September 25, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    These are some great tips. I have to admit I can be a picky eater, but I do like to try at least a couple of local things, even if it turns out I don’t like them, you have to give it a whirl.

    • September 26, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      I know what you mean. I am sometimes a bit squeamish about trying particular new foods, but if I don’t do it, I know I will end up wishing I had!

    • September 26, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Me too Sally. Great minds, eh 🙂

  4. September 26, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Great tip about asking local people for their advise, you often find loads of hidden gems that way!

    • September 26, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks – it’s something I do a lot of when I am travelling and it really pays off.

  5. September 26, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I like trying local food, or something traditional when I go away. I’ve actually never done an all inclusive holiday before but I’m doing my first one next year but there are 7 restaurants so I’m pretty excited x

    • September 26, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Ooh, seven restaurants sounds like a lot for an all-inclusive resort – something tells me you’re going to have an amazing time!

  6. September 27, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Indulge in local delicacies – is the one rule we live by when on holiday. Even though I’m vegetarian, I had so far no problems during our travels – every nation has famous veggie dishes.

    • September 28, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      That’s my favourite of all these tips Eva 🙂 It’s great to hear that you’ve managed to find plenty of tasty veggie food on your travels.

  7. September 29, 2018 / 12:33 am

    These are really on point tips!! I love researching places and I do use trip advisor (with caution of course) and like to read real customer reviews as well as get local tips

    Laura x

    • October 1, 2018 / 1:29 am

      Yes, caution is definitely needed where TripAdvisor is concerned. I am always a little wary of some of the restaurants with glowing reviews until I’ve dined there for myself.

  8. September 29, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    These are great tips. I wouldn’t have thought to ask some of the locals.

    • October 1, 2018 / 1:28 am

      That’s one of my all-time favourite travel tips 🙂 Works a treat!

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