Hi, I’m Nathan Aguilera, author of the Foodie Flashpacker blog. Over three years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I travelled, the longer my bucket list became. I met so many phenomenal people as I went, and it seems like everyone had a new, different recommendation for me: “if you like Spain then you’d LOVE Portugal” or “if you thought the diving was good in Thailand, you would love it in the Philippines“. Even now, after nearly three and a half years of traveling, my list is longer than when I started.
What is a foodie flashpacker?
Let’s start with the dictionary definitions:
a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking.
1.(informal) a backpacker who has a considerable disposable income.
Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.
What’s the Foodie Flashpacker’s favorite meal?
This is a question I’m asked every day. And even though I’ve had so many chances to decide, I still have trouble giving a single answer. While I adore Vietnamese food, my favorite plates of all time have come from Italy: Bisteca Florentine, wild boar ragu, and a charcuterie platter I’m still talking about.
Is it just for the food?
While food, as you can tell from the blogs name and content, is a vital reason for why I travel, it’s definitely not the only reason. I have also deeply enjoyed the beaches of Indonesia and the Philippines, and the nature landscapes of Portugal and Iceland, and the vibrant history of places like Istanbul and Myanmar.
So please follow along with me on social media as I eat and drink my way across the globe: