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Do you eat Breakfast when you travel?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But often due to our hectic lifestyles we tend to neglect this meal time and often we are fuelled on coffee to keep us going The only time I actually eat Breakfast is when I am travelling mainly because it is paid for ,has a variety of options and lunch might be way later in the day.

My “real job” as a Lecturer of Travel and Tourism means I start work at 12 midday and finish at 8pm. So this means my meal patterns and times are totally messed up. So most times I have Brunch or grab a smoothie before heading off to work.
Even fast food outlets and every eatery now offer some sort off breakfast menu to encourage people to start the day off with all the nutrients. In some parts of the world they offer an all day breakfast menu while most places offer this till 11am only.

Why is it important to eat Breakfast when you travel ?

  1. Sets you up for the day.
  2. Gives you energy.
  3. Feeds your body after a night’s sleep.
  4. Aids in general health well being.
  5. Keeps you in a better mood a hangry person is not a fun person to be around.

When I travel like I mentioned earlier I always eat breakfast. The main reason is that you are on the go and sometimes lunch is several hours later as well as you need the energy for all the planned activities.Each country around the world has traditional and typical breakfasts. Some breakfasts are rather simple or over the top extravagant with ice cream on the menu. I tend to stay away from the cereal and yoghurt and head straight to a hot breakfast. Cutting down on carbs mean I try to eat more protein in my diet.Eating more protein means I am full for longer.I often grab some fruit ans nuts as I leave breakfast for later incase I become peckish.To drink with my breakfast I have water,a smoothie and a hot drink just depends like when I headed off to Mauritius earlier this year it was extremely hot and I could not manage to have a coffee with breakfast but while in Dubai I made it a priority to have Karak Tea which is their speciality at every meal.

When I travel I enjoy sampling local meal options as I truly feel one can only experience a culture through their food. It also amazes me how global food has become with people emigrating and Indian,Chinese,Mexican and Middle Eastern food can be found in all four corners of the globe.

Below are a list of some of the breakfasts I have enjoyed which are now firm favourites of mine.

5 Breakfasts from around the Globe :

1) A full English Breakfast
This is typical English Breakfast often called a fry up. It is a full meal which includes Bacon,Eggs,Sausage,Mushroom,Grilled Tomato,Baked Beans,Black Pudding and toast washed down with loads of hot tea. Also known as Builder’s Breakfast this very fulling meal is served all day at pubs and cafes. According to the different regions they would add their regional speciality produce to the meal. Brown sauce is a favourite to eat with this breakfast. Also known to be the best way to cure a hangover.It is quite common to find people eating this meal at all other times of the day as in the UK several cafes serve breakfast all day.I have not tried the black pudding but love everything else on over.Around the world this breafast option oftens appears.

2) Middle Eastern Breakfast

Middle Eastern Breakfasts almost feel like brunches with such a variety of cooked dishes.There is always a selection of hummus and other traditional dips served along side flatbreads,cheese and olives.A selection of fruit,nuts and yoghurt is also included.The hot section always has eggs,grilled meats,a bean dish and rice.Over time I have travelled to a few Middle Eastern destinations and they all have versions of the abovementioned dishes.
A very popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish is a spiced Tomato sauce and poached ages called Shakshuka.It is a meal that differs regionally and one of my firm favourites of which I make my own version of Shakshouka my way which includes lamb sausages and beans.

3) Indian Breakfast

Every region in India has their own traditional breakfast dishes.Indian breakfast dishes are spicy and includes firm favourites like Idli ,Dosa,Sambar and Upama all these are served with a selection of fresh chutneys.It is also interesting to know that in places like Dubai hotels an Indian breakfast option is always on the menu and trust me I had it every day.Vegetables and Paneer are often a part of an Indian breakfast all washed down by Chai or Indian Coffee.

4) American Breakfast
During my #ExploreWC trip #ExploreWC with the 2 Girls one of the places we stayed at was in the beautiful seaside area of Gordon’s Bay. When travelling one often forgets the date and at Breakfast I was thrilled to find an American Breakfast on the menu. Having ever only seen this on TV I was keen to sample this delight. After ordering did I realise that it actually was the 4th July and how appropriate this breakfast was. French Toast with fried bananas topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup.Cereals are also a popular breakfast item.American breakfasts are known to be higher in fat,sugar and sodium and lets not forget about the gigantic portion sizes.

5) Continental Breakfast
When travelling through Europe it is common to be served a Continental Breakfast. This is a cold breakfast as such which includes various cheeses ,cold meats ,fruit ,pastries and coffee or tea. In comparison to a Full English this breakfast is much lighter and often called a small breakfast.Hotels that serve this kind of breakfast are more budget friendly.Often I pick fruit and a pastry to carry with me as I wonder along my tours.

What has been the most amazing breakfast you have eaten ? Which breakfast do you prefer?

Be Inspired !

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34 thoughts on “Do you eat Breakfast when you travel?

  1. I love traditional Japanese breakfasts, especially the elaborate ones served in high end ryokans. There are lots and lots of tiny dishes of all sorts – grilled fish, tamago, pickles, rice, soup, fruit and my favourite is when you are given a burner with a bowl of soy milk on top, and as it cooks, it solidifies into tofu which you can take out using a mesh spoon, dip in sauce and eat warm and fresh!

  2. I try to eat breakfast every day but sometimes, there are days where I don’t eat traditional breakfast. Due to having a crazy schedule sometimes, I just eat whatever is in the fridge from the night before since I do not have time to cook. Sometimes, I get a traditional American breakfast somewhere else. Great share on some breakfast foods from different parts of the world. Hope you’re well 🙂 Try to eat breakfast as much as you can!
    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

  3. As a British person I actually don’t like English breakfasts (they’re too heavy and greasy) however if I am going to eat breakfast it’s usually a smoothie, porridge or a bagel =^.^=

  4. Loved this post – I’m a big breakfast fan, especially over the weekend when I have time to sit and relax. I usually make porridge or order eggs with smoked salmon if we’re out. I’ve never tried the Middle Eastern Shakshuka but it seems similar to Turkish menemen – looks delicious.

  5. Turkish eggs – poached and under a layer of yoghurt with a touch of spice on top makes a fabulous breakfast. Another Turkish dish called menemen of tomatoes, peppers and eggs is also good. Great round up of my favourite meal of the day.

  6. I can´t leave the house without breakfast! you are so right, it is most important. If I treat myself for breakfast, I usually get croissants with cream cheese and jam and a big Latte.

  7. I love Shakshuka but recently on a trip to Sri Lanka I was introduced to Hoppas. A very thin crispy bowl shaped pancake made with rice flour often with an egg cooked in the bottom. Top this with a little dhal, sambal and chilli – the perfect start to the day. GG

  8. I always eat a better breakfast when I travel. Otherwise, it’s often just a yogurt on the go. It looks like you’ve had some excellent breakfasts on your travels too.

  9. I also love having a very big and nice breakfast when travelling. Most probably because I find it already prepared and I can just pick, sit and enjoy, But most of the time I try to eat well at home too, especially during weekends when I have more time.

  10. I’m not a big fan of eggs, so a lot of breakfasts just don’t work for me. I remember ordering in NYC though and thinking that yoghurt and melon would be nice. They were both on the menu separately. When they arrived I had a WHOLE melon filled with fruit and enough yoghurt to sink a battleship! American portion sizes can be huge!

  11. I’m guilty as charge! I always neglect breakfast because of rushing from work, and yes my day is always that not good. It is my favorite meal of the day! So when I got a chance to spend my full breakfast, honestly I spend like an hour up to 2 or maybe 3 hours just enjoying my breakfast, along with my fresh brewed coffee, and the morning paper. 🙂

  12. I like to think that I can skip breakfast and be ok about it, but I have a colleague that can take one look at me in the morning and knows with 100% accuracy if I have eaten or not. I don’t know how she does it. I swear I can be totally spunky and in a great mood and she will nail it. Every. Single. Time. Breakfast is important. And just a quick shout out to Masala Dosa <3

  13. having those breakfasts are so important and good to know there are important benefits for them, i like the continental breakfast on the list up there.

  14. This is so true! For me, Breakfast is the only meal I truly enjoy. It makes me feel better after a short nigh sleep and I only go for the vegan one aka oats! The best one was the one I got from a Café in Tel Aviv called Xoho Café! It was delicious!

  15. The best breakfast I used to have when living in Vietnam was called Pho- a beef or chicken noodle soup, with lots of chilli! Really makes you sweat, but keeps you going for hours.

  16. Eggs. Hell no. Beans? Definitely no.
    I enjoyed eating Soto ayam soup in Solo, Indonesia. I usually eat breakfast, both at home and during travels.

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