Does the saying ‘You are what you eat’ also apply when you travel? If this is true, then it’s a worrying thought. Because, when you travel, you sometimes have to eat whatever is available, even if you wouldn’t normally touch it at home.
Not that the food is necessarily bad, it’s just not what you’re used to. A traveller to the UK knows only too well that day after day of full English, Scottish or Irish breakfasts will slowly turn them into an entirely different person, a softer, fuller version of the one who left home. But somehow it’s impossible to say ‘no’ each morning to more of the same.
Some independent travellers get around the problem by planning ahead. An elderly cycle tourist I once met in France knew exactly what he would be eating for the next 21 days. He knew because he’d brought it all with him. Attached to his bike was a long mono-wheeled trailer stuffed with rice and tins of sardines. Every meal, he said cheerfully, was going to be exactly the same. [Read more…]