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Anthony Bourdain’s Top 5 Holiday Travel Tips: Travel Tips for Christmas and the Days In-Between

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Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations and The Layover, has traveled around the world and back, including during the busy holiday season. On a recent interview with Good Morning America, Tony provided 5 things that every traveler should know -- whether it's for the holidays or any other time of the year

Eat Like a Local
"Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips. He's in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy. Seek out places crowded with locals. Avoid places where others of your kind are present."

Show Appreciation
"People everywhere like it when you are appreciative of their food. I cannot stress enough how important your initial reactions to offerings of local specialties are to any possible relationships you might make abroad. Smile and try to look happy, even if you don’t like it. If you do like it, let them know through word or gesture of appreciation."

Visit Local Markets
"Get up early and check out the central food market. It's a fast way into a culture, where you'll see the basics of the cuisine. You'll often find local prepared foods at stands or stalls serving markets' workers."

Travel Prepared
"Be prepared to be stuck in an airport for indeterminate periods of time. Load your mobile device with as many games, songs, apps and e-books as possible to keep busy during long waits. Also, make sure to pack a battery charger to power up."

Get Comfortable
"Remember to bring something scrunchy and long-sleeved, like a sweatshirt. You might need it as a pillow."

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