Travel savvy

 Anthony BourdainWe adore Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” starring chef and author Anthony Bourdain. His sardonic wit and spirit of adventure, as well as his knowledge of food and wine make his show a must-see for the travel-minded of all ages.

Here are his top five travel tips on how to survive travel nightmares and make the most of any trip:
Eat like a local
Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips. He’s in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy. Seek out places crowded with locals. Avoid places where others of your kind are present.
Show appreciation
People everywhere like it when you appreciate their food. I cannot stress enough how important your initial reactions to offerings of local specialties are to any possible relationships you might make abroad. Smile and try to look happy, even if you don’t like it. If you do like it, let them know through a word or gesture of appreciation.
Visit local markets
Get up early and check out the central food market. It’s a fast way into a culture, where you’ll see the basics of the cuisine. You’ll often find local prepared foods at stands, or stalls serving the markets’ workers.
Travel prepared
Be prepared to be stuck in an airport for indeterminate periods of time.  Load your mobile device with as many games, songs, apps, and e-books as possible to keep busy during long waits. Also, make sure to pack a battery charger to power up.
Get comfortable
Remember to bring something scrunchy and long-sleeved, like a sweatshirt. You might need it as a pillow.
Travel Channel’s No Reservations latest DVD sets are available for the holidays. They would make a great gift for the avid traveler or armchair traveler on your list.