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Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com's comprehensive guide to eating your way around the world. On this page, we offer expert tips on how to find great restaurants, choose healthy options at the airport and even get invited into a local's home for dinner. Sink your teeth into the links below to learn more.

spring rolls 12 International Foods to Try Before You Die
Adventurous foodies won't want to miss these 12 iconic international foods to check out when traveling the world, from Vietnamese spring rolls to kangaroo meat in Australia. And we dare you to try these seven strange foods. Head cheese, anyone?


eating dinner Beyond Restaurants: Eight Ways to Savor a Local Food Scene
There are many other ways to sample a destination's cuisine aside from eating in restaurants -- like taking a cooking class, visiting a farmer's market or even scoring an invite to a local home for dinner. Check out our eight creative ways to savor a local food scene.


woman market 12 Delicious Destinations for Foodies
Taste your way around the globe with these top destinations for foodies, including special experiences in each place to help you dig a little deeper into the local food scene.



street food jakarta woman 11 Things Not to Do When Eating Abroad
You may think you know your table manners, but etiquette varies widely from one country to the next. Avoid causing offense by learning about 11 food taboos around the world.



dessert The World's 12 Dreamiest Desserts
It's impossible to travel the world without sampling the local eats -- and we always save room for dessert. Indulge your sweet tooth with our slideshow of the world's most delicious desserts. And if you're a chocoholic, you won't want to miss our 12 places every chocolate lover should visit.


food How to Save Money on Food When You Travel
Want to eat well without spending a fortune? From buying goodies at grocery stores to hunting for restaurant bargains, we've got tips for saving money on food when you travel.



woman with chopsticks Six Tips for Dining Abroad
Ever been confounded by a foreign-language menu or unfamiliar dining quirks when traveling abroad? So have we! See our tips for navigating restaurants in a foreign country, and don't miss our advice for finding the best local restaurants.


burger and fries Five Foods to Avoid Before Flying
Eat the wrong foods before you fly, and you might be contending with more than just an awful in-flight movie or space-invading neighbor. Check out five foods to steer clear of before a flight, and treat yourself to meals from the best airport restaurants.


food Food Safety: How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling
While your palate may be game for trying tons of new foods on your next trip, your stomach may not be up to the challenge. Read these important tips for avoiding foodborne illnesses when traveling.


food A Guide to Airline Meals and Snacks
Do you know which airlines will offer you a free meal or snack, and which ones will make you pay? Be prepared with our guide to airline meals and snacks on the major U.S. carriers.


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