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How to Avoid Dining at a Tourist Trap

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 13, 2016

How to Avoid Dining at a Tourist Trap

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Are you eating at a tourist trap? Here’s how to know: the restaurant has subpar, overpriced food and is just opposite a tourist attraction. 

Huffpost’s Maddy Cornelius writes that “traveling is all about eating authentic, delicious food, without paying a premium — just like the locals do daily. But the simple fact is that most tourists don’t know how to avoid tourist traps. And that’s a serious issue, in my opinion.”

If you are thinking that the perfect dining spot is across from the Eiffel Tower or next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you are probably in danger of dining in a tourist trap. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Cornelius has put together guidelines for how to avoid tourism traps and enjoy some of a destination’s local flavor – subsequently inviting travelers to enjoy a more authentic experience. 

One such tip: Don’t eat anywhere that’s advertised on your tourist map. Another hint: Avoid restaurants that have translated their menu into multiple languages.

Check out all of here guidelines for making the most of your foreign dining experiences. 


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