These Are the Ways That Anthony Bourdain Taught Us to Become Better Travelers
Celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, taught people so many things over the course of his career. On his numerous TV shows, including the Emmy award-winning show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, did he teach people how to become better travelers. He taught viewers to not only explore the unknown but to embrace it. Discover how Bourdain taught people how to become better travelers, ahead.
Slow down, take everything in
- Fun fact: Bourdain tried his first oyster in France, according to Delish.
“You can’t take it in, driving by stuff. That’s not satisfying,” he told Money in March 2018. “Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.” In a previously unpublished portion of the interview, he talked about sitting and watching being one of his “great joys.” “You learn so much more about Saigon, for instance, sitting on a low plastic stool, drinking coffee or eating some spicy noodles — just watching the Vietnamese, how they live, where they go, the rhythms of daily life.”
Hint: Don’t solely rely on travel websites.
Don’t rely on TripAdvisor or Yelp alone
- Fun fact: He decided to become a chef working summers at restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, according to Delish.
“I don’t see them as reliable, because you don’t know what people’s priorities are,” Bourdain told Money about TripAdvisor and Yelp. Instead, Bourdain used a strategy he called “provoking nerd fury.” More on this strategy, next.
Hint: Instead, try Bourdain’s genius strategy for finding a good restaurant.
Provoke ‘nerd fury’
- Fun fact: Bourdain co-wrote a graphic novel, Get Jiro!, according to Delish.
Bourdain would comment on a foodie website, such as Eat Your World, saying he got back from any country and write he had the best food at a random restaurant. “The torrent of informative abuse that will come your way from people who want to tell you how stupid, witless, and uninformed you are will be very instructive,” he told Money. But if 10-12 “nerds” recommended a restaurant, he’d go there.
Hint: Spend money on this aspect of your trip.
Don’t skimp on accommodations
- Fun fact: Bourdain wrote his own voiceovers and helped select the music for each episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, according to Delish.
“I want to find a hotel in a neighborhood that has charm and character — the sort of place where I can walk to a café, sit down, and feel the place,” Bourdain told Money. “One with a unique look — old colonial hotels are a favorite.”
Hint: Embrace unusual food.
Food is an adventure
“I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk,” Bourdain said, according to Travel & Leisure. “Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.” Remember this the next time you travel, that food is an adventure.
Hint: Don’t make this mistake when traveling.
Explore without an itinerary
- Fun fact: Bourdain left the Food Network when they wouldn’t film an episode in Spain, according to The Daily Meal. His producers also left and formed their own production company. Then, they all filmed in Spain, which became the pilot episode of No Reservations.
Bourdain told Money his favorite memories of traveling came from times when his schedule had no structure, which left him free to explore, and led to random interactions with others. “It’s those little human moments that are the ones that stick with you forever, the random acts of kindness,” he said.
Hint: In a city where you’ll want to do everything, don’t do anything.
Do ‘as little as possible’ in Paris
- Fun fact: Anthony Bourdain picked up a duck press on a trip to Paris.
“Most of us are lucky to see Paris once in a lifetime,” Bourdain said on an episode of his show, The Layover, according to Eater. “Please, make the most of it by doing as little as possible.” He recommended activities such as walking, getting lost, and eating breakfast.
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