For those who have travel on their minds, you are not alone. With vaccine drives worldwide and news of countries opening up their borders for vaccinated travelers, summer vacation is not a distant dream. However, the process might still be quite complicated. The global situation has warranted many regulations, and traveling solo might not be the best idea. Finding a suitable travel agent today is no different from looking for your soulmate on dating apps. Nevertheless, we bring you three commandments to guide you in your search.
Look around you
Before rummaging through the internet, pick up the phone and ask your friends and family if they know someone. Getting a recommendation in person is still more trusted today. If that fails, it is time you search for local businesses. Not only is supporting small businesses essential but also easier since you know where to look.
Pick your destination
Are you searching for a different approach? You could also look for a travel advisor based on where you are planning to visit. It is wiser to book your trip with someone who knows the destination well. According to the international travel agency network Virtuoso, “Choosing someone who specializes in a destination is a good first foray into working with a travel adviser. But when you work with the same adviser for a while, they become a specialist in you.”
Find out their professional network
Only a resourceful travel agent can help you travel hassle-free. Make sure they are part of some consortium or larger network. Erica Richter of the American Society of Travel Advisors says, “Ask them what sorts of benefits they get from their professional networks. Upgrades, free breakfasts, late checkouts when available — who doesn’t want some of those freebies? Getting an insight into their professional relations will help you understand who to pick.
If you are fond of Mexican cuisine, there is a range of culinary experiences waiting for you in the country. Emerging as a culinary destination of Mexico, the city of Oaxaca is full of authentic eateries offering different types of delicacies beyond tacos and tapas. From rustic to fine dining, here are few food spots of Oaxaca to treat your taste buds with something different and challenging.
Criollo serves luxury with simplicity in its plates. Delivering tribute to the traditional cooking techniques of Oaxaca, Criollo brings the authentic flavor of the Zapotec region of Istmo de Tehuantepec in its inventive cuisine. Every delicious dish of their seasonally changing menu is based on fresh local produce. Owner of award-winning restaurant ‘Pujol’, chefs Luis Arellano and Enrique Olvera are the creative brains behind this eatery. Their signature creations on plates make Criollo the perfect venue to enjoy a stylized hearty brunch with friends and family.
True to its name, the rustic foods of La Mezcalerita are best paired with Mexican ‘Mezcal’, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. Craft beers and ‘Pulque’, a fermented drink made from various types of agaves, can also work superbly with La Mezcalerita’s botanitas or mouthwatering munchies and Oaxacan nachos. This is an excellent place to enjoy a perfect pub grub, especially its artisanal beer-infused ooey-gooey ‘Queso Fundido’.
Casa Oaxaca el Restaurante
Casa Oaxaca is the ultimate place for a distinctly different gastronomical experience. For your first course, you can order a bug tostada, and a delicious montadito or traditional sandwich with cheese, bean paste, and crunchy grasshopper. If you fell in love with grasshopper, bring it back by ordering ‘Kampachi Tiradito’, which is a type of onion-less ceviche with grasshopper mayo. For entrée, enjoy the delicious mole turkey. Lastly, save room for a sweet finish with the Oaxacan chocolate spheres with ginger and hibiscus sauce.