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Daring Diners: British Travellers Favour Local Fare over ‘Full English’
The survey of 693 British travellers reveals that just two percent stick to familiar dishes when dining on holiday, whilst an overwhelming 86 percent rarely or never eat at fast food chains on their travels.
Meanwhile, 46 percent maintain they are culinary adventurers and willing to try most foods, including shark-fin soup (56 percent) - a popular delicacy in China, and guinea pig (40 percent), eaten in Peru.
A further 35 percent would happily tuck in to deep-fried grasshoppers in Thailand, whilst 77 percent would eat kangaroo in Australia. One in two travellers (50 percent) would sample snake in Cambodia, whilst 30 percent would eat camel humps - a dish becoming increasingly popular throughout the Middle East and Asia.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman, Amelie Hurst, says: "British holiday makers are increasingly seeking authentic travel experiences and for many, sampling local delicacies is an easy way to tap in to a culture. Some of our members' more unusual culinary experiences include fish porridge, wasabi ice cream and fried ants - and whilst these may not to be everyone's tastes, they certainly make for a great dinner party conversation!"
MYSTIFYING MENUS: A DINING DILEMMA
Despite this willingness to embrace unfamiliar foods, foreign menus can cause confusion. Whilst 82 percent of travellers confess they have ordered a dish without knowing what it was, the survey also reveals that regional delicacies are easily mistaken for other foods...
OPEN MINDS AND SENSITIVE STOMACHS
Having an empty stomach and an open mind to new foods can have consequences, and 45 percent of Britons have had food poisoning as a result of something they have eaten on their travels.
According to the survey, Spain tops the list of food-poisoning hotspots, followed by Egypt, India, the U.S.A. and England.
ITALY OFFERS BEST VALUE CUISINE
For those watching their wallets, if not their waists, the survey reveals that Italy offers the best-value cuisine - with the country also winning the accolade of TripAdvisor travellers' overall favourite culinary experience.
France ranks second in the value stakes, followed by Thailand, the U.S.A. and Greece.
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