The Ambivalent Traveler, The Universal Snacker, Etc. takes

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So much for the locals. In a Gourmet survey about Americans’ travel habits, 54 percent of respondents said they enjoy “mingling with the local residents of destinations.” Granted, that’s a majority, but it’s striking that nearly half of those polled couldn’t bring themselves to endorse this bromide. One is reminded of the caricatured British traveler of yore who felt “abroad” would be so much nicer if it weren’t populated by foreigners.

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