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Anthony Bourdain, a man who travels more than most people on this earth, bestowed us with some great travel advice via Esquire Magazine. I found this one to be particularly enlightening:
“For me, one of the great joys of traveling is good plumbing. A really good high-pressure shower, with an unlimited supply of hot water. It’s a major topic of discussion for me and my crew. Best-case scenario: a Japanese toilet. Those high-end Japanese toilets that sprinkle hot water in your ass. We take an almost unholy pleasure in that.”
While I can’t say I’ve tried that particular feature, I generally concur with that advice. Other favorites include:
“On the plane, I like to read fiction set in the location I’m going to. Fiction is in many ways more useful than a guidebook, because it gives you those little details, a sense of the way a place smells, an emotional sense of the place. So, I’ll bring Graham Greene’s The Quiet American if I’m going to Vietnam. It’s good to feel romantic about a destination before you arrive. “
I love this advice. Reading or even watching a film about your destination really does get you excited about the place you’re going. For me it was Luca Guadagnino’s film “I Am Love,” which is not only visually stunning, featuring gorgeous fashion and scenes of Milano grandeur, but strangely stars Tilda Swinton speaking Italian. I highly recommend watching it, which you can do by clicking on the image below.
“The biggest rip-offs in the world of travel are tourist-trap restaurants in places like Rome or Venice, places where there’s so much great food but the overwhelming likelihood is that you’re going to get a bad meal. To be in a place like Saigon or Rome and find yourself someplace that’s serving a bogus tourist-friendly version of national cuisine — that is the worst.”
No, this is honestly the worst. It happened to me in Florence and it was a sad, sad day. You should never have a bad meal in a place like Italy – or NYC for that matter. That’s why you have me, to tell you where to eat!
Read more from Anthony Bourdain on How to Travel on Esquire.