For a true foodie, a vacation is little more than an opportunity to sample new and exciting dishes and gorge themselves on glorious food and wine for an entire week, uninterrupted. If this sounds like you, you might consider planning your next holiday around your eating schedule.
That’s right, you absolutely can plan a vacation for the simple joy of eating. In this case, your destinations will be chosen for the Michelin Star restaurants rather than looking at monuments and museums – and we think that’s totally okay. Here’s how to plan the ultimate foodie trip.
Do Your Research
There’s nothing wrong with choosing to visit a country or city based purely on the fact that you’re crazy about the cuisine in that region. However, before you jump on your plane, it’s a good idea to do some extra research beforehand.
There are plenty of good apps and websites that will help you to find the best of the best in terms of food and restaurants. Platforms like Zomato, Yelp, and even Wikitravel will give you great information about where to find exactly what you’re looking to put on your plate. You’ll be able to specify cuisines, price brackets, locations, styles of eating and many more variables in order to find the best restaurant for each meal of your trip. Having a few ideas beforehand will help make the decisions easier when you get there.
Try Something New
When you’re travelling for the sake of foodie experiences, it’s pretty important that you make the effort to branch out a little and try some things you normally wouldn’t at home. If you’ve never tried sushi before, your summer coastal trip might be the best time to dive in for a first attempt. If you’re a beer drinker, you might like to take a trip to attend a gorgeous wine tasting at the Colorado Wine Club for something different. Stepping out of your comfort zone and expanding your palate will only open you up to new, exciting flavours and textures to improve your foodie experience.
Ask the Locals
When it comes to any aspect of travel, your best option is always to talk to the locals of the area. These are the people who will know what’s hot, the best places to go and the best things to do. On top of this, they are also the people who know where to get the best food.
While an app can be used to filter down to your preferences and provide you with some options and reviews, only talking to real-life people will get you as close as possible to what you really want. Locals will be able to point you in the direction of the best street food, food trucks, or their personal favourite restaurants – something you won’t find on any website. Food and personal cultural experiences are deeply connected, so by talking to the people who know the cuisine, you might find some real gems.