If you’re a frequent traveler you’ve probably noticed that there are certain things that differentiate one destination from another. The tourist attractions, the religious sites, the nightlife and other entertainment possibilities, and whether the destination is located on the seashore or in the mountains – all of these factors and more make no two places alike. But if you travel a lot there is one other thing that can make certain places more enjoyable than others, and that is the local food.

Sure, you could probably dine at McDonald’s anywhere you go, and there is no shortage of Starbucks outlets all over the world. But if you stick to the food you’re accustomed to eating at home, you will miss out on seeing, and tasting, what your destination is really all about.

Eating local food doesn’t mean you need to constantly dine in trendy gourmet restaurants, which could be an expense only a winner of the US Powerball lottery could afford. Instead, take to the streets and markets to enjoy the real culinary offerings of the places you visit. Not only will you find that the food is incredibly tasty, and uses the freshest and tastiest produce, but it will be quite affordable as well.

When you explore the world, the best part of traveling is eating the local food. You should make it a point to try new dishes, many of them specific to the places you visit. Tasting a country’s cuisine will give you a true sense of its culture, history, and heritage. The recipes of the food you’ll taste have been passed down from one generation to the next. In many cases there is no recipe at all, just a family tradition.

As a visitor you’ll find that every country has its own national dishes. Each place offers special menu items or its own particular take on dishes possibly familiar from home. An even more memorable experience is checking out the local street food.

When you taste menu items offered on the street you will not only be eating delicious food, but you’ll also be introduced to the traditions, culture, and religion of ordinary residents of the country. When you eat on the street, you’ll find yourself dining like the natives.

Who could imagine visiting Mexico without eating enchiladas? A trip to Spain would not be complete without having a dish of paella. A visit to Italy will let you taste the truest version of mozzarella cheese. In the Middle East, a simple meal of hummus and tahini served with pita bread is not only one of the least expensive meals you’ll ever have, but it is also surprisingly quite healthy.

When you travel you’ll find that eating street food is the ultimate way to experience the countries you visit.