Expanding our culinary experiences when traveling abroad can be one of the highlights of the trip. But  choosing places to eat can be as tricky as picking a  hotel or booking an airline. The following information provides six tips travelers should consider when picking a restaurant.

Plan Ahead

As soon as your travel arrangements are confirmed it’s time to start looking for restaurants. There are plenty of travel reviews online for even the most remote locations. Make a list of restaurants that sound good and look up individual websites if they have one. Guidebooks or Trip Advisor should have reliable reviews and can give you a good idea of options where you’re going.

Look For Busy Restaurants

Something that looks good on the outside isn’t necessarily the best choice. A place that has patrons waiting in line is usually a safe bet. It means it is a popular spot among locals and probably is probably worth the wait.

Learn Basic Language Helps

While many travelers want to eat where the locals do, if you’re in a non-English speaking country there might not be a translator or a menu in English. Unless you understand at least some of the language, you run a high risk of ordering something you won’t like. Learn some basic food vocabulary to make sure you know the basics of what you’re ordering.

Ask for Advice

Finally, always ask for restaurant suggestions. Hotel concierge, other travelers, or locals should be able to help you find a good spot.

Book Excursions with Food Included

Many lodges, resorts, or excursions include food in their price and program. Booking tours that include food helps you try local cuisine without actually having to pick it. You can find some things you like for when it does come time for you to order on your own.

Whether you’re looking for a seafood restaurant in Virginia Beach, or curry in India, eating on the go and in a different country can be a little complicated.  The language barrier alone is hard to overcome. Once you try a dish from a different culture, however, you will not be disappointed. Eating food from another culture is one of the greatest cultural experiences a person can have.

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.