Don’t Get Hangry When You Travel

When you are traveling, you are often very busy, on a tight schedule, or lacking access to common conveniences such as restaurants or food stalls. Add a lack of food to the stress of being in a strange country or city can lead to the condition known as “hangry”, which is anger or irritation caused by not having enough to eat. It has probably happened to all of us at one time or another and now we can often see it starting in one another when we start to get short with each other.


Fountain in Park


Eiffel Tower and Autumn Leaves

One of our very first trips abroad was to Paris and we were definitely tourists and not travelers at the time. As is typical for overseas flights, we flew late in the afternoon and overnight to arrive first thing in the morning at the Charles De Gaulle airport. Not wanting to lose any time during our trip, we did what we always do, which is to immediately acclimate to the local time and start our day even though we’d been up most of the night. It happened to be at a time when there was a transportation strike, so we had to walk to all of the sights that we wanted to see that day.


Paris Neighborhood

Park in Paris

Park in Paris

We made the most of the day, had a light lunch, and enjoyed walking along the Seine, seeing the Eiffel Tower, and just walking the streets of Paris. As the afternoon came to end, we decided to head back towards our hotel on the Left Bank to find a restaurant for dinner. This was our first trip to Paris and we didn’t know at the time that most restaurants don’t open until at least 7pm for dinner and most don’t open until even later. To make matters worse, we found ourselves lost as we tried to make our way back to the hotel. The net result was that we started snapping at each other and yes we were getting hangry. Eventually we ate dinner and we were back to holding hands and enjoying one of the most romantic cities in the world.


Notre Dame in Paris


Looking Down the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower

These days we always make sure to carry a power bar or snack with us as there have been many times where we don’t have access to a meal. Whether in the jungle or driving through remote areas, having something with you at all times is always a good idea. That doesn’t mean that we never get hangry anymore, but we certainly try to avoid it as it can ruin part of your day. Have you ever gotten hangry during your travels?


Eiffel Tower in Autumn

View from the Eiffel Tower

The Streets that We Walked in Paris


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9 Responses to Don’t Get Hangry When You Travel

  1. Lula Harp says:

    I’ll add a tip to this, learned from personal experience. A lot of snack bars now are very dense and cannot be seen through when going through security X-ray at the airport. Place all bars and snacks in a separate clear zip top bag that you can remove from your carryon. I’ve gotten my bars inspected on all but one recent trip and a full patdown one one trip.

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  2. age45 says:

    Dear friends,

    Yes, great advice. Thanks a lot for sharing. Street food everywhere is amazing. By chance, we tried a large mushroom in Krakow a while ago, and all I can say those mushrooms have been so delicious.
    My best regards,

    Wishing you a lot of new travel experience so, you can share it with us.

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  3. thebeerwanderer says:

    Most of my trips revolve around food, but it’s happened a few times anyway mostly due to trying to get good pics in the morning light.


  4. Traveling with our daughter, we’ve definitely learned to keep snacks on hand at all times! You learn the hard way!

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  5. TheHairy1 says:

    Very much a family trait in our family. Tempers do flare sometimes.
    We grew up with the Afrikaans idea of “padkos”, literally “road food”, taken on all trips.

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  6. LTodd says:

    I carry a mix of nuts and dried fruit with me just in case mealtime doesn’t arrive before hunger sets in.

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