A couple of things to do if your child doesn’t want to try out foreign foods while traveling.

Out of the zillion child-related memes out there, this one is the one that got me..”You need to be an adrenaline junkie when you travel with kids..”

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Traveling with kids can be loads of fun but a little scary adventure. It will get adrenaline coursing through your veins at a pulsating crescendo. I realized this when I traveled with my parents as a kid to other cities and countries. I remember the stress we put our parents through; fighting in the car for the window seat, or for an open window when we sat in the middle. One evening, mum screamed hoarse at us to be quiet and stop fighting. We only stopped because she had a thick belt in her hands, and was a whisker away from using it on our bottoms.

I am in curious amazement at how she and dad managed to raise the five of us; mostly because I have just one kid, and sometimes even heading to the store to pick up a few items is a stressful experience filled with repetitives, “No, you can’t have that, put it down!” “Please don’t ask, and don’t even look at or touch it!” “No, no, no..you can’t have it!” “We are here for just one item..no you can’t touch the chocolate.”

If going to the supermarket is a less than colourful experience, imagine traveling with kids. You will need an extra set of eyes and heaps of concentration to make sure the little people are not in danger, and to sufficiently meet their huge set of needs.

While I sympathize with bawling babies and their parents on flights, it’s the slightly older kids that somewhat drive me up the wall when traveling.

They become uncontrollable and many times moody, picky eaters which while can make for an interesting experience, can make the trip more expensive than you planned for it to be. You don’t want your kid to starve, but you do want for her/him to sample the country’s cuisine.

 

In Sarajevo, for quite a number of days, all my little one feasted on was gelatos. Gelatos for breakfast, gelatos for lunch and gelatos for supper. Not very healthy, and having high sugar content. I think she ate the chevap-cici a couple of times, and in Mostar she had a plate of spaghetti with meatballs.

Ordering a gelato in Sarajevo.

Ordering a gelato in Sarajevo.

In Bucharest, she opted for Macdonalds and KFC instead of having the Romanian food I wanted her to try out.

Waiting in line at McDonalds, Brasov.

Waiting in line at McDonalds, Brasov.

She loved Riga for the lovely breakfast buffet that was set out each morning.

Having a waffle in Brussels, Belgium.

Having a waffle in Brussels, Belgium.

These experiences teach us that food doesn’t have to become a source of stress for the little ones as we travel:

a) In countries where the food choices may be sketchy for your child, there is the option of supermarkets where you can purchase fruits and veggies; meat and chicken, rice, potatoes or things that are familiar to you, and you can whip up a meal if you are staying at a hostel with a kitchen. If you are in a hotel, it’s also an option to buy bread and cheese, fruit drinks, make sandwiches and finish your meal with a dessert, fruit, or yoghurt.

Fruit stall at a farmer's market in Lviv, Ukraine.

Fruit stall at a farmer’s market in Lviv, Ukraine.

Some fruits and bread for a picnic at Kiev, Ukraine.

Some fruits and bread for a picnic at Kiev, Ukraine.

b) Every country we’ve been to has malls. Stake out malls and make a bee-line for the food courts, you will not miss continental cuisine in those. Little Miss Ashley enjoyed the Chinese wok at the Brasov mall. Spicy, tasty, healthy and wholesome.

c) Look out for the food that bears closest resemblance to the food they are used to.

Have you traveled with kids and how do you deal with food while traveling?

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We didn't have to walk too far before we stumbled onto several eating places around our hotel; maybe it has to do with the fact that there's a college nearby. Andy's pizza place not only has cheesy, thick delicious pizza, but as well a pleasantly cool ambience, with potted plants and chilled steam blowing out at intervals from in this hot weather. My daughter had peperoni pizza while I had some delicious meaty soup and garlic bread; with lemonade to wash it all down..refreshing. #foodie #instafood #eateverything #Chisinau #Moldova #travel #backpackingEasternEurope #travelwithkids #travelblogger #travelstoke #travelogues #travelgram #instago #instatravel #instapassport #igers #igram #wanderlust #worldtraveler #globetrotter #lonelyplanet #natgeo #travelexperiences #postcardsoftheworld #travelphotography #melaninqueens #travelnoire #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlstraveltoo

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My meal of sarmale and mamaliga; The thing about travel is that once in a while you begin to crave familiar food..I chose cabbage rolls but I didn't know they would be accompanied by a cornmeal dish which reminded me of our kenyan dish "ugali"..one of those small moments you feel God is smiling down upon you and knows your heart's desires..😊😊😀😁 I enjoyed the meal..washed down with honey lemonade..😊😊 #Bucharest #Romania #Romaniancuisine #foodie #instafood #foodgram #culinaryjourney #kenyancuisine #travel #travelblogger #travelexperiences #foodexperiences #wanderlust #worldtraveler #globetrotter #lonelyplanet #natgeo #Bucharestrestaurants #foodiesceneBucharest #postcardsoftheworld #travelphotography #CNNGo

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