There is nothing worse than a traveler that goes to new places and searches endlessly for the comforts of home. When you visit a place, take it all in! The food, the scents, the sights, the customs, the CULTURE.
However, with the great Americanization of the world, it is apparent that McDonald’s is spreading faster than the black plague did, and I have found the only three excuses to visit one when abroad.
Ice is a rarity in many places overseas (especially all over Europe), and after a while of drinks with no ice, it is common to crave some frozen water with our soda. McDonald’s, of course, is ever-flowing with these frozen morsels. So if you need your ice fix, it is OK to visit McDonald’s for a cold one.
2. PRIME REAL ESTATE
I have seen a few McDonald’s overseas that have prime real estate. In Hong Kong I visited one that was on top of a hill and had a wrap around balcony that offered the best view of the city. Who would have thought! (No I still didn’t eat, just enjoyed an iced beverage).
When you fly into Rome, and then arrive at the train station in the city, you will quickly run into Piazza della Republica. A beautiful square with a fountain in the middle, ancient ruins on one side, and a giant old hotel that wraps around half of it. It is a perfect people watching spot, and busy roundabout for traffic of all kinds. And what is conveniently located at the base of the hotel? A Mcdonald’s. But no ordinary McDonald’s, here you can sit out in their covered tables right on the Piazza, and enjoy a freshly pressed espresso in a ceramic cup paired with a delicious croissant for 1 Euro.
3. A CULTURAL LESSON
And lastly, McDonald’s across the world offers a cultural lesson. Yes, I will admit that. While we have burgers and fries because that is the “American Diet,” each McDonald’s around the world offers the common foods of that country (yes, they do also still offer the common burger and fries).
Well there you have it. The 3 excuses to visit a McDonald’s overseas.