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Re: Traveling with picky eaters
« Reply #90 on: April 17, 2013, 06:17:43 PM »
Whenever I read this thread, and people's reactions to the picky eaters, I'm always reminded of a college trip I took to London in 2011.  We all went to the Tower of London one morning and our profs gave us all a certain amount to buy lunch with (maybe 10 pounds?).  Anyway, 26 girls (including me) all went off to find lunch.  25 of them wound up going to McDonald's.  I bought fish and chips from a vendor.  I was amazed that nobody else wanted anything but "American" food.  I had a reputation for being a very picky eater at the time, and yet I was being "daring" and "bold" to eat fish and chips, according to these other girls.  :o

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Re: Traveling with picky eaters
« Reply #91 on: April 17, 2013, 06:53:30 PM »
How limited were their diets? :o  I've never thought of fish and chips (battered fried fish and fries) as daring and bold.  People eat it in America all the time.

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Re: Traveling with picky eaters
« Reply #92 on: April 17, 2013, 07:44:06 PM »
Sometimes it isn't just the food itself but the process of buying it.  Ordering from a McDonalds is familiar and easy.  Going to a shop where you don't understand the custom or terminology can be intimidating.  I've experienced something similar (I sucked it up to get the experience & the super yummy food) when for example my family visits India and I go up to a chat stall by myself.  I know what foods they sell, but don't necessarily feel comfortable as I'm not in the know on the specifics of how it works. 

But a fish and chip shop in the UK...that does surprise me. 

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Re: Traveling with picky eaters
« Reply #93 on: April 17, 2013, 08:51:33 PM »
I hatehatehate people whose eating issues take over and become everyone's issue. 


I confess that I have an eating issue which does dictate where I can go when a group of friends wants to get together for food.  I have a severe skin allergy to coconut.  As such, I cannot set foot in a Thai restaurant ever.  What's more, if someone were to eat something with coconut in it and then say, hug me, I'd be a resident of hive city for the next week.  My friends and family are aware of this, but occasionally forget.  If everyone else wanted to go for coconut-laden-food I'd have to just decline.

On vacation I'd not feel particularly safe being left alone in a foreign city.  I think I would have to insist that something that would cause a serious medical issue abroad be avoided out of respect for my safety.  If my travel buddies couldn't do that little for me I don't think we'd be friends anymore after traveling.

In my opinion, that's on the level of allergy/sensitivity/specific diet, not whiny behavior. I wouldn't make a friend eat at a restaurant which would cause medical issues of some sort; that's not okay. I think *inviteseller was talking more about people who are unreasonably picky and won't consider others' needs.


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Re: Traveling with picky eaters
« Reply #94 on: April 17, 2013, 09:54:16 PM »
I hatehatehate people whose eating issues take over and become everyone's issue. 


I confess that I have an eating issue which does dictate where I can go when a group of friends wants to get together for food.  I have a severe skin allergy to coconut.  As such, I cannot set foot in a Thai restaurant ever.  What's more, if someone were to eat something with coconut in it and then say, hug me, I'd be a resident of hive city for the next week.  My friends and family are aware of this, but occasionally forget.  If everyone else wanted to go for coconut-laden-food I'd have to just decline.

On vacation I'd not feel particularly safe being left alone in a foreign city.  I think I would have to insist that something that would cause a serious medical issue abroad be avoided out of respect for my safety.  If my travel buddies couldn't do that little for me I don't think we'd be friends anymore after traveling.

If you were travelling in Europe, say, I'd say that was reasonable, if you made this clear in the planning stages (no-one in the group can go to a restaurant of X type, and no-one, at any point during the trip, can eat coconut). I'm assuming, however, that you wouldn't go on a group vacation to Thailand and then insist that your group couldn't eat at  Thai restaurants because it wasn't safe and you didn't want to be left alone.

Actually, on a group trip, I think that not being willing to be left alone is something that should be discussed while planning.  There are a lot of people, me included, who would think that splitting up occasionally to each do their own thing would be a normal part of a group trip (personally, I'm a lot happier if I  get some time by myself.) If I went on a trip with a friend and found out that I was expected to do stuff with them all the time, I would find it kind of stressful. Better to discuss that before the trip.

I do know that I'm pretty far over on the adventurous/independent side of international travelling - while there are some places I wouldn't feel safe, I've travellled alone in places where I don't speak the language, and happily eat things I can't identify (I love local markets).  I have actually moved to a country where I don't speak the language by myself. So I do know that if I were planning a trip with someone, or a group, it would be important to discuss how things were going to work before making the decision to go, so we'd all either be reasonably content, or decide that we weren't good travel companions.