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Travel Tips across the world

One of the best travel tips I can give anyone is:

Should you ever be in the fortunate position of planning a trip to another country, always make time in your itinerary to visit a street market.

So why would you?

OK, Picture this:  you are walking down a street packed with vendors wanting to sell their fresh produce to you. You are staying at a self-catering venue… So, why not take advantage of this amazing offer.  Especially as it is all about experiencing the culture of that country as well as great shopping opportunities. Fresh produce. Lower prices. Happy environment.  It is a win-win situation, but there are more reasons.

Streetmarkets around the world

With the above in mind, let us add a bit of fun and exciting stuff, that you do not usually find in your “standard supermarket”, like exotic spices or “strange”/unknown fruit and vegetables…  Many markets (especially farmers’ markets) offer local produce that is true to the country you are visiting.  (Lemons in Amalfi, rambutan -native to Southeast Asia, San Juan canary melon, and many more.)  Stop and try them.  It is all part of the cultural food experience.  Market vendors are usually very eager to tell you more about their products, so feel free to ask them questions and support them if possible.

When visiting a country where you are unsure of the food, you can be safe by buying from the markets and sticking to fruit and vegetables and/or artisan bread. 

But there is still more…

You will also find gifts and gems, in places like 2nd hand street markets and art markets.  Ceramic markets, street bookshops, or even the more impressive undercover markets like the one in Budapest Hungary, are real gems to explore.

Market in Budapest Hungary

Oh, and don’t get me started on Christmas time markets. LOL –  We’ll keep that one for later in the year.  🙂