Food is universally considered a good thing. One of my favorite activities is to cook for myself and others, despite the fact I am not the most fancy cook around.
Because of this trait, I often am asked about how I ate while I was traveling. Negotiating the balance between cooking on a backpacker’s budget and eating out at local restaurants while traveling is a personal process. It depends on one’s tastes and preferences, as well as any dietary and health restrictions. It can also be a social decision as well; I found cooking in hostels to be a great way to bond with other travelers, as I would often share ingredients and split home-cooked meals to save money and make new friends.