Travel & Food Thoughts

Travel can be an escape and, most importantly, an eye opener. It is food for the mind 🙆 and soul. A great way to escape the routine and learn about new cultures and other wonders this World has to offer each of us.

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As a travel fanatic and a bit of a newbie in this field, it is really exciting 🙌 to know I will be traveling soon to a place I never been before. My destination? The Dominican Republic!

As a Latina woman, I believe I can relate a little bit to the culture and to the food. But, as mentioned before, traveling there will expand my mind in regards to the Dominican culture and the food.

As a humble traveling newbie, I have a few ideas on how to plan, organize, and tackle this trip. Ideas that can help me learn more & taste more without going crazy with a loaded agenda.

Some of these good ideas are:

  • When visiting a place, locate yourself in a central area - whether you stay at a friend's house or book a hotel room, stay in a place that is centrally located inside the town/city you are visiting. This will give you traveling options inside the area; whether you can walk to a nice restaurant or just take a quick taxi to a major museum, being centrally located gives you easy access to site seeing areas.
  • Ask friends who are locals to give you a heads-up on some restaurants and other places to visit - this research can give you a more soulful result.
  • When deciding the country/town/city you are traveling to, pick 2 or 3 unusual places to visit - for example, there is no need to assume that the Dominican Republic only has beaches to hang out at. There are other cool places to do site seeing.
  • Eat typical dishes at restaurants where locals eat - it would be a bummer to be at the Dominican Republic and eat at McDonald's© everyday, don't you think? Plus, one of the best things about travels is to find & taste unique dishes that the country offers.
  • Do not overload your agenda - sometimes you want to see everything, but most probably high quantity of visits can extremely lower the quality of each visit.
These are the ideas I will follow on my new journey. It will be a way to get out of the routine while learning new cultural things, eating new dishes, getting to know the locals, and just embracing quality moments. I invite you to embrace these ideas and travel away!

Comments

  1. We loooove to travel, and when we do, one of our first visits are to the local street markets where we can find the typical food of the area, it is a cultural exchange and a pleasant stroll to stop in each stand and ask for their speciality ❤️ can’t wait to do it again

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    1. Dear Familia Sin Agenda I love to travel, too. I think that visiting local street markets is an awesome way to have a cultural exchange. I loved your thoughts & experience. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. The best thing when traveling for me is staying with people from there. It’s a blessing to have friends wherever you go. And as you well said, eating local food and going to the places the local people goes to. I can’t wait to return to Dominican Republic and have locrio y cake dominicano.

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    1. I agree with you Veronica - knowing some of the natives in the city or country you are visiting makes it even better. And that interaction with the locals is always magical. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      BTW - I didn't eat that locrio y cake dominicano that you mentioned. I gotta try it next time I go to the Dominican Republic.

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  3. A nosotros nos encanta viajar, probar comidas nuevas y sobretodo sacar muchas fotos. Muchas gracias por tus consejos 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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    1. Saludos Noemí, me encanta siempre compartir estos tips. Gracias por compartir tu experiencia - y eso de tomar fotos es una buenisima manera de recrear los momentos vividos.

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  4. Me encanta viajar y cuando lo hago me gusta empaparme de todo lo que rodea a ese sitio tanto los lugares diferentes, como de su gastronomía, muchas gracias por los consejos

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    1. A mi también me fascina viajar. Y eso de empaparse de todo lo que rodea ese sitio en particular es algo genial. Gracias por comentar, Sofía.

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