Food and travel go together like two peas in a pod. Culinary tourism is one of the most exciting ways to explore the cuisine, vibes, and culture of a place. In fact, it is the food that connects people.
So, while planning to discover the art, history, and beauty of a country, why not unravel the secrets behind its tasty dishes as well? Food serves as the identity of a region and as a significant element of its culture too. Just name Italy and one of the first things that come to mind will be pizza, while France, Greece, and Asia have always been associated with scrumptious ethnic cuisine.
Exploring the local flavors is also a learning experience. Those who love to cook and those who are typical foodies can pamper their taste buds with unique recipes and try them later at home. Should you have a culinary travel plan for this year, take a look at the following dos and don’ts to make your experience the most memorable one:
1. Pick the right food destination
With so many options out there, it can be very difficult to choose your next culinary vacation. First, you should decide whether you wish to go off-the-beaten-path and explore the countryside or stick to the major cities. Both come with numerous benefits. Depending on your personal interests and, of course, your budget, you should pick the right food spot to soothe your soul.
If you are a foodie, then places like Italy, Spain, India, the Caribbean, and the USA must already be on your bucket list. Some destinations might be closer to your home, while some may be quite far. Therefore, you should first figure out the mode of transport – whether you’ll be traveling by car, bus, train, or plane, and how long will it take you to get there.
Are there any famous farms or wineries in the area? Do your research and find out which are worth visiting and plan accordingly. Farm tours may involve a lot of walking around, so make sure you pack comfortable shoes and clothes.
For some, hitting the busy boulevards downtown is the real fun. And we all know that shopping and food are never a bad combination!
Key takeaway: Pick the food destination that matches your passion.
2. Understand the local culture
A culinary trip is not just about enjoying exciting cuisines; it is much more than that. A food trip opens new doors to welcome people from numerous different cultures, bringing them closer and building a strong bond of love and friendship. Every food destination has its own unique dishes and tastes that help you learn more about the local culture and the way people live their lives.
Key takeaway: Explore a new culture with every culinary destination.
3. Figure out the foods you wish to try
Don’t forget to make a food list. While you are on a mission to discover new cuisines, putting together a list of the most exciting dishes to try is essential. Visiting Italy and missing out on having a local pizza? Going to Atlanta and skipping a pecan farm? Sounds impossible, right?
In order to ensure that you don’t miss any major food spot as well as the most famous local dishes, plan out the itinerary as per the items to explore. Collect hands-on information about the farms, crops, and the local recipes and make them an essential part of your food trip.
Key takeaway: Your culinary trip will be incomplete without trying out the famous local recipes.
4. Get the help of local guides
Like any other form of traveling, culinary tourism brings the most flavorsome and divine experiences of exploring food, history, and cultures together. Mouthwatering recipes surely have some fascinating stories behind them – how the dishes were named, their evolution over time, and many other associations of food with places reveal many secrets about the city you’re in and its culture.
A local tour guide can be of great help in this voyage of taste and flavors. Your acquaintance with the local dishes, famous food spots to visit, and the history of the place are enhanced with the help of your guide.
Key takeaway: Get the help of a tour guide to reveal the mysteries behind the local food.
5. Keep a small first-aid kit with you at all times
Every foodie should keep medicines and digestive pills in their bags. This is extremely important to stay healthy during the entire trip. Trying the local food and experimenting with new flavors can be quite upsetting for the stomach. Such medicines must be available at all times in order to deal with any sort of emergency problems.
Key takeaway: Don’t ignore your health while discovering the world of taste and flavors.
Food brings people together and unveils the authenticity of a place. Go on a culinary and culture holiday to experience the true nature of a new country!
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