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. Being hangry while you are traveling can cause you to not enjoy the experience as much as you might otherwise have enjoyed it, so it is definitely something to be avoided if possible.

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Fountain in Park
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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.

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Paris Neighborhood
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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.

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Notre Dame in Paris
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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?

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Eiffel Tower in Autumn
View from the Eiffel Tower
The Streets that We Walked in Paris

7 Replies to “Don’t Get Hangry When You Travel”

  • I’ve such a thing about it now!!! If it’s a day when I’m in transit – actually flying to a new destination or whatever, I literally eat ALL day!! Every chance I get – I act as though I will never see food again. It comes from SO many bad experiences. I’m ok coming back- I know I’ll get fed here regardless of what time we arrive home!
    While we’re away, we often can mistime lunch – purely because of the logistics of the day, especially if we’re driving. So yes, we try and have snacks on us all the time now. Live and learn!!

  • Interesting. Lack of good food hasn’t seemed to be a problem for me in my travels. Rather the opposite, knowing when I’ve had too much.

  • Definitely a real thing and a real pain when you realize that restaurants are closed or you enter the first place you see…which of course isn’t really what you want! Great idea to carry a little something with you!

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