The term itself was born of a fondness for playing with language (and enjoying the occasional fiery crash.) It’s a mashup of gastro, meaning ‘stomach’, and navigation, meaning (loosely) ‘the trick of getting from one place to another’. So, ‘gastronavigation’ is the art and science of stomach-fueled navigation.
Although I’d argue I’m steered primarily by curiosity, my stomach is also a considerable contender. Hence the birth of this site as a star-chart of sorts: places I’d been, foods I’d tried, and memories of the people and communities tangled up with them
along the way. This marks its second iteration, having moved over from my old Blogspot site (2010-15 entries still archived at gastronavigation.blogspot.com.)