One of my favorite ways to enjoy an authentic but still cheap meal in a foreign country is to go to a grocery store or specialty food shop, collect some local goodies, and have a picnic. Whether you ﬁnd a nice leafy park or just a bench on the side of a city street, it’s the perfect way to try some delicious local food and drink while taking in some scenery. (all photos via Julie Kominski)
- Make sure you know the open container laws – France doesn’t have one, so we were able to enjoy our wine al fresco, but many countries do not permit drinking of alcohol outside.
- Be aware of your surroundings – don’t plant yourself in a sports ﬁeld; don’t sit too close to car, bike, or foot traﬃc; look out for suspicious people, especially at night.
- Take all your trash with you when you leave – there’s nothing worse than a litterbug!