We travel all over the world for many reasons: some are looking for the adventure, while others are looking for a little rest and relaxation; some desire heat, while others desire the snow; some want to discover their roots, while others want to learn a new culture. A common interest, when planning a vacation, is booking a location with delicious food. It is no secret that I like to experience what a culture has to offer by eating and drinking.
Culinary vacations are more popular than ever! It has always been said that the heart of a home is the kitchen. Those ideals do not vanish when we travel, as food is an essential part of any community. Instead, often the most memorable moments of a vacation revolve around food and the people with whom you share the food.
Below is a list of some of the best travel destinations in the world for our inner foodie.
Just north of the border lies Montreal, the largest city in Canada’s Quebec province. Montreal is a cultural melting pot, which is obvious in the food. Montreal’s culinary scene reflects influences from French, Carribean and American culture, making for a fun and delicious foodie adventure. While in Montreal, try classics such as poutine, fries with cheese and gravy; pea soup; smoked meats; and of course, a dessert made with delicious maple syrup.
Meanwhile south of the border to Mexico City is where you want to go if authentic tacos, burritos and guacamole would win over your heart. Mexico City offers a unique combination of great restaurants (that also serve great tequila), street food and fun, informative cooking courses.
Outside of Napa Valley or Tuscany, Mendoza, Argentina is commonly thought of as one of the best wine-producing cities in the world. However, Mendoza also offers a delectable food scene and a world of adventure. “Bodegas,” or wineries, often offer the best of all three: world-renowned wine, delicious food and unique events. Its rich culinary tradition includes Argentinian delicacies such as Choripan, a chorizo sandwich; Empanadas, meat and vegetable pastries; and Locro, a stew made with meat and vegetables.
Outside of Peru, the rest of the world is finally realizing the delicate art involved in Peruvian cooking. For a trip to the source, visit Cusco, Peru, also a common destination for adventure-seekers. Peruvian food is a delicious combination of Spanish and Incan influence, with popular dishes including Solterito, a salad of corn, fava beans and chili pepper; Anticuchos, beef skewers marinated in a chili sauce known as “aji”; and of course, Ceviche.
Known for its “tapas,” or small plates, Spanish cuisine has often been sought after by global travelers. San Sebastián, Spain is arguably the best foodie travel destination in the world. Similar to New York City, San Sebastián has a mix to Michelin Star restaurants (in fact, the most per capita of any city) and bars that serve exquisite food worth the plane ride alone. As an added bonus, San Sebastián is a short driving distance from some of the countries most visited vineyards.
In a continent full of popular food destinations, Copenhagen, Denmark often misses the list of possible foodie destinations. Yet, Copenhagen is home to several restaurants that people travel specifically to dine at. Both Noma, an upscale and modern restaurant, and Relae, a relaxed and organic dining experience, have gained recognition as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World. On top of that, Copenhagen has a vast, internationally-focused food truck scene that is alone worth the travel.
Bangkok, Thailand is the birth-place of a now world-renowned and loved cuisine. And while Thai food is both prevalent and delicious in the United States, the ability to eat authentic Thai dishes from a vendor in a night market is one of the most authentic food experiences in the world. Bangkok offers food tours, cooking classes and Michelin Star restaurants so that a traveler may experience the best Thai food in various settings.
Possibly the largest street food mecca of the world is Manila, Philippines, with an abundance of options that are sure to please every diner. The “king” of Manila street food is Barut, a fertilized duck egg. Barut, while appealing to only the most adventurous foodie, is the iconic delicacy in the country. For less adventurous eaters, however, there is a host of delicious cuisine, including Ihaw-ihaw, or barbequed meat; Turon, banana fried with a lumpia wrapper; and Chicharon, crispy pork rinds.
A popular travel destination for decades, South Africa is home to delicious food and a beautiful wine country. Approximately one hour from the commonly traveled Cape Town, lies the Stellenbosch Wine Region of South Africa. In Stellenbosch, the chefs build delicious dining experiences around the abundance of wine so that the food not only lives up to the wine, but compliments it.
In Melbourne, Australia you can find an abundance of delicious international cuisine throughout the city, but most notably along Flinders Lane. Also home to an over two-week long Food & Wine Festival, global chefs travel to Melbourne every March to show off their talents, unique perspective on food and unforgettable dishes.
A foodie vacation that will create memories that will last a lifetime should be on your list of vacations in the near future.
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Traveling alone is an opportunity to gather your thoughts and analyze your life. So, if you ever feel bored, uninspired, confused, or uncertain about your future, I recommend to get out of your hometown and to see what’s out there. Taking a break from your everyday routine enables you to pause, contemplate your life, and potentially re-route the path you are taking.
When you travel alone, you can pretty much go and do whatever you want. You can build strong connections with people from a multitude of backgrounds that you can learn from and even form everlasting friendships. It also gives you a chance to be independent and do things on your own terms and not relying on anyone else for doing or permission to do something. It gives you the confidence to try something new.
Travelling alone, you get to decide how to spend your day. You evolve and become more confident in standing on your own and making your own decisions. Taking a trip can help restore your sense of importance in life and you realize how some things in life are not worth to stress about.
Traveling, in general, makes you realize how little you know about life and people. Once you meet people who have a different perspective on life, you learn to be more open minded and grateful for little things in life. It’s amazing what a fresh perspective can do to your thought process. When you have a personal connection with people who don’t have as much as you do, it gives you a new meaning and appreciation in life. When you travel alone you learn how much you truly have, that you take for granted. Try it once, even if it's to a nearby destination, for a short period! Stepping outside of your comfort zone & Travelling solo can bring a whole new light to your life!
If you’re recently engaged you may be deciding exactly what kind of celebration you want and where. Destination weddings are one of the fastest growing types of celebrations and they can be especially intimate, memorable and cost-effective, but they also require a lot of research beforehand. Before you say ‘I do’ to a tropical Destination Wedding in the Caribbean, I encourage you to do some serious thinking.
1. Prioritize what's most important to you.
List your wedding must-haves and things you could skip from the beginning. If having all of your extended family at your wedding is a must and you know some of your relatives won't be able to make the trip, then a destination wedding possibly isn’t for you. You have to go into this process knowing that you won't be able to please everyone. Be confident in the reasons you are traveling abroad. Your wedding is about celebrating your marriage, and you have to do what you feel is right for both of you.
2. Invest in a planning trip.
If you can, I would recommend planning a trip to your wedding destination the same time of year that your nuptials will take place. This way you know what exactly to expect.
3. Timing is everything.
You would be surprised how many of your wedding decisions come down to dates and times: peak season vs. off-season, morning vs. evening.
If you are willing to go off-season, you can save money! You have to think about all your guests and their budgets.
4. Hire a Travel Advisor
A destination wedding can be an extremely intimate and special way to start your life as husband and wife, but you shouldn't rush into it blindly. Consider hiring a Travel Advisor who specializes in destination weddings. They have a vast knowledge and wealth of resources that will make the process completely seamless, stress-free and enjoyable. Leaving the organization of a Group Trip to a Travel Specialist, takes a big load off you!
5. Respect local customs and anticipate potential communication differences with vendors.
You decided on your destination because you either have a personal connection or were drawn in by its charm, beauty or romance. If it's a new country to you for many reasons, then research acceptable customs and practices. Also, the time difference will come into play when interacting with vendors. Don't expect to receive same-day responses with a nine-hour time difference and event staff that are part-time or seasonal.
Most of all, enjoy it! Planning a destination wedding will be one of the most fun experiences that you will ever share with your family and friends.
6 Be open-minded.
When it comes to details like décor, rentals, hair, makeup, and flowers, don't expect to find the same options you’d have access to at home. It helps to go into the planning process open to new ideas. Try incorporating the local culture of the location to make it different and unique to the destination.
7. Share the detailed itinerary early.
Be sure to give guests plenty of information in advance so that they have adequate time to take time off work & save.
Most of us love to visit new places and try new things from time to time, but some of us were born to travel. Are you one of them? Here are thirteen signs you were born a traveler!
1. You can make friends anywhere, but are just as happy to sit in silence by yourself.
2. You like planning as much as going. Traveling to a new destination isn’t enough; you take planning to a whole new level. And, when you get back from one trip, you delve immediately into the planning stages of the next one.
3. Your dream job has always been a position that allows you to explore the world.
4. You’ve always been good at Tetris, and understand how to translate those skills into a real life packing scenario (lol !!).
5. You know the word for “Hello” in several languages.
6. There isn’t a country that isn’t on your bucket list. Who doesn’t want to go to Italy, France, and Ireland? As a born traveler, you dream bigger. Places like Tetepare, the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, and croc-infested Cape York Peninsula in Australia make your list.
7. You’ve always loved studying other cultures and landscapes greatly different than your own. Social studies and/or Geography was your favorite subject in school and you can still get totally lost reading travel blogs or in travel memoirs.
8. You would rather spend money on experiences. Experiences are always better than material things, in your opinion.
9. While other people seem to hate airports, you actually love the experience of flying. You seriously love just sitting in an airport and people watching. Everything from observing the different types of people flying to thinking about why they’re traveling and where they’re going – it’s one of your favorite parts of traveling.
10. You’ve never actually finished a checklist because you can’t stop adding things to it.
11. You’re pretty easy going and don’t let negative experiences get you down. When something bad or weird happens to you on a trip you’re able to shrug it off relatively quickly because you know it will make for a great story to tell your friends and family later on.
12. There’s always another trip. You don’t have a dream trip, you dream of a lifetime of trips. For you, coming back home is just a detour on the way to your next adventure.
13. When people ask you, “Where do you want to go next?” You can never choose just one place!