Over the past few years, experiential travel has become one of the fastest growing travel segments. Having the time to immerse yourself in a local culture and learn while you’re on vacation has become very appealing for many people. In this second article in our series, we’ll take a look at one of our favorite topics, food!
Classes and tours that focus on a region’s diverse food offerings have become very popular with those looking to experience more of the local culture while on vacation. These opportunities can range from cooking classes, food tastings, wine-making, and baking lessons. From pizza and gelato making classes in Italy for the kids to wine-tasting tours through Napa for the oenophiles in your group, culinary tours can appeal to all age groups. Whether you decide to build your whole vacation around these or just incorporate them as part of a larger tour is up to you.
Some tours come with day trips focusing on food built into the tour. One popular itinerary offers a trip to Ireland complete with a stop at the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the brewing process for their beers and how to pour the perfect pint, followed by an Irish whiskey demonstration and tasting. Another group highlights a tour of Thailand with trips to the numerous street-food stalls in Bangkok, followed by a Thai cooking class and tasting at the Mai Thai Cookery School. These culinary travels are just a part of the larger tour experience.
If building your entire trip around a culinary adventure is more to your taste, there are cooking schools and chefs who offer multi-day classes for those who want to go more in depth in a style of cooking. When you are looking to learn how to make authentic Spanish food, Barcelona Cooking in Spain offers daily classes in English on learning how to make regional dishes, tapas, and taking a trip to the local market. Here in the states, the Culinary Institute of America gives you the chance to train and learn like a real chef at their Culinary Boot Camps located in New York, California, and Texas. These 2-5 day camps give in-depth training in cooking, wine-tasting, and trips to the market to discover the best produce. These are just a few of the many opportunities that highlight the culinary experience while traveling.
If you are looking for a way to connect with a location or if you just want to improve your culinary skills, a food-based tour or class can expand your culinary horizons. When you are ready to book your vacation, consider adding in a cooking class or tasting. AurTravel can help you choose the best option to meet your interests no matter where in the world you may be journeying.
Jennifer Tweedy joined AurTravel in December 2015 as a Travel Consultant Assistant. She has a degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, and pets. In her free time, she likes to run, read, binge-watch Netflix, and travel.