The good news: Vacation season is coming, and more travel organizers seem to be realizing that people who enjoy travel want to experience not just the sights, but also the smells, tastes, and feel of all that their destination’s culture has to offer. That dawning realization is seeing more organizers shift their focus to food as an attraction. Through local cuisine, travelers can enjoy the fullest and arguably most informing immersion in the culture of the country they visit.
The not-so-good news: The process of finding the perfect culinary holiday can be a toothless drag. From deciding which travel organizer to choose, to bigger concerns like selecting a destination (Europe? Asia? South America?), picking accommodations (Beachfront bungalow? Stone’s throw from a bustling street market? Secluded hillside agriturismo?), deciding what style of food you want to eat and/or learn to cook (Thai? Moroccan? Creole?), and so on, it can feel like an uphill battle on roller skates.
Launched earlier this month, culinary travel website BookCulinaryVacations.com wants to simplify your pursuit of travel experiences that feed the soul and stomach in equal measure.
The new site offers an extensive selection of culinary holidays and cooking courses offered by more than 150 organizers. Claiming to be the first site to include all major cooking styles from around the world, it is searchable by desired trip type, cuisine, and locale, and includes holiday packages organized by cooking schools, hotels, chefs, and professional guides in the world’s most breathtaking destinations.
Sampling amazing new foods and stellar wines and spirits are reason enough to venture beyond one’s own backyard, but after the sightseeing and the food & wine tours, lots of travelers wish to bring home a piece of their culinary experience. Through these food-focused excursions and cooking classes, people learn from the best, the locals themselves.
Always wanted to take a foodie holiday abroad but never found the time?
Unlace those roller skates and get more details at BookCulinaryVacations.com.
[Feature image credit: Magical Cuzco Tours]