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10 Things Only Those Who Travel With Friends Understand

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10 Things Only Those Who Travel With Friends Understand

Traveling with your best friend can be truly amazing. You get to make memories that will last forever while spending time with somebody who gets you more than any other person. So much awesomeness rolled into a single vacation. Here are some of the most amazing things you learn traveling with your best friend!

1. You share stuff even words can’t capture

That gorgeous sunset might make a nice picture, but really the cool colors are not what makes this moment special. When you are there with your best friend, you don’t have to convey why its special. You are your bestie just get it in a way you don’t even need to describe.

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2. You feel incredibly invincible afterward

Traveling can be a bit intense, but after overcoming all the challenges with your best friend, you will feel ready to take on the world. Wherever your next adventure takes you, you will be ready to take it all in stride. Food poisoning, getting lost on the subway, and transportation breakdowns all feel like part of the adventure because you’ve already survived it with your bestie.

3. You know you’re unstoppable when working together

Totally lost in the streets of Madrid? No problem! Your bestie is a wiz at reading the map and you are awesome at asking for directions, even if your Spanish is a little sketchy. With a bit of team work, you are back on the right path. Nothing like working as a team with someone as cool as your best friend.

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4. You know how great it is to have someone help you stay safe

Sometimes we get carried away and have a drink or two more than we should. Or maybe we’ve just stayed out a little later than was smart. When you travel with friends, you know that someone is there to help you out. Things will not get too out of hand because you are with your best friend.

5. You have awesome stories to relive

Whether you and your best friend are trying to impress people at the dinner table, or you are just looking for a way to lighten your spirits, those shared experiences truly give you something awesome to reflect on. These moments can help you take on new challenges, feel better about those you have already overcome, and continue living your life to the fullest.

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6. You learned stuff about your bestie, even though you already knew everything

Traveling with your best friend reveals stuff that just never comes up in everyday life. You get to see your bestie in new situations and find out even more about your favorite person. Some of these things your best friend might not have even known themselves. Learning new stuff is awesome and what a better way to discover it than on some amazing adventure.

7. Your travel down time was NEVER BORING

Stuck for an hour in the train station? No problem! With your bestie by your side this is the perfect opportunity for a dance party, or gossip fest, or whatever you and your bestie do best! That time is usually a drag, but when your best friend is with you, every moment is an opportunity for awesomeness.

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8. You got an honest opinion about whatever you considered buying

While those leather pants seemed like a really great idea to you, your best friend was right by your side to help you avoid that disaster. When you travel with your bestie, you know you’ve got someone there to help you make good choices.

9. You never had time to feel homesick

Your best friend is like a little piece of home that travels with you. With the friendly laugh and smiling face of your bestie, there is no way you could feel homesick. And that is an awesome way to spend your vacation.

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10. You have LEGENDARY Pictures of your adventures

Since you and your bestie are on the same page, you took some epic pictures on your journey of awesomeness. These are pictures your family members will be talking about for generations. And its all thanks to having such a great travel buddy.

Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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