Culinary journeys are in
Culinary travel is the trend. These are not just pleasure trips or gourmet trips. Culinary travel is the ultimate version of Slow Travel. Slow travelers want to immerse themselves in the lifestyle of their travel destinations. They also want to take a look behind the scenes. Let's go! Pack your suitcase and let's go on a trip to savor. This type of pleasure trip includes wine trips to Austria as well as a beer trip around the world. This also includes an overnight stay in a gourmet hotel. Exploring Tuscany and Italy from a culinary point of view on a wine tour gives you an insight into local life. On a gourmet cruise or a gourmet tour, a star chef provides highlights for the palate. But it's not just package tours that bring you closer to the culinary delights of a travel destination. A gourmet tour on your own does just as much as a culinary trip. A culinary vacation is sustainable a trip to savor.
Travelers like to savor their trips
The Food Travel Monitor 2020 by the World Food Travel Association shows that 53% of holiday travelers are considered travelers, who savor their trips. Food and drinks are more important for almost two thirds of travelers today than they were five years ago. Those who go on culinary journeys are also interested in other activities. They usually stay longer and spend more. Millennials are interested in food while traveling. Generation Z is developing into super foodies. Those who take a wine tour are also interested in beer and other drinks. And there is more. Pleasure travelers travel sustainably. Traveling locally and authentically plays a role for them.
Culinary travel means experiencing food on vacation
Experiences that are experienced individually make culinary trips interesting. Why not travel to a chef who offers gourmet evenings in a gourmet hotel? It doesn't have to be a beer trip around the world. What about a weekend with a visit in a brewery? Maybe this offers a gastronomy to experience? Or a wine tour on which you stay overnight with a winegrower? Pleasure trips can have many faces. Perhaps you fancy a gourmet cruise? They are available on board a barge through the canals in southern France. An experience that will be remembered.
Special experiences are guaranteed when you meet locals on your pleasure trip. There are now more and more offers for this in Germany and Austria. You can have castle owners explain life in a castle to you. A beer sommelier explains, which beers go with which dish. Let yourself be shown in an Italian monastery how the nuns lived there. Of course, a look into the monastery kitchen should not be missing. Or go on a herb hunt with a monk. There are many ways to enjoy food while on vacation. Not only when visiting a restaurant.
This is how a wine tour becomes a culinary journey
If you want to experience wine, there are many options. You can explore a wine region by choosing a road trip on a wine route. If your culinary journey is to be sustainable, try the wines of a region in a hotel in the middle of the vineyards. This is best when wine experiences are offered in the area. This quickly turns a weekend getaway into a wine weekend. A picnic in the vineyards is nice. A culinary journey goes well with wine tastings to make it a pleasurable experience. And if the wine tour is supposed to be something special? Then you look for wine experiences in beautifully located wineries.
Wine experiences with winemakers and in wine regions are something special. Here, too, there are offers that allow you to take a look behind the scenes. Maybe you can even help out with work. What do you think of a vacation at a winery? During the day, you hike through the vineyards. In the evening, you rest in a winegrower's room after a dinner where house wines are compulsory. Are you interested in other drinks? What do you think of learning more about sea buck thorn and its properties?
Food trips are active trips
Discovering a country or a city in culinary terms often means getting to know its people. This can be the case, when you visit a cheese producer, who manufactures specialty cheese like his family has done for centuries. In cities you have the opportunity to participate in food tours. These are interesting, if you are looking for restaurants, where the locals eat. We like to book food tours, when we are not familiar with the culinary specialties of a region. They give us an insight into the local cuisine on our food trips.
There is one thing that culinary trips are not: boring trips. With a little planning, you can create a vacation where you will come home with experiences and insights that you did not previously suspect how exciting they are. Get to know the local people. Get involved in their way of life. This creates experiences that remain unforgettable. Regardless of whether you are exploring your travel destination in a gourmet hotel or on a gourmet cruise, or whether you are exploring the area around your holiday destination on your own, there are offers for every taste. Be inventive and approach your hosts. You will see, it is fun to immerse yourself in an unfamiliar way of life.
Go on a Journey of Discovery
It is very exciting to put a motto on your culinary journey. You can even do that at home. We visited the Burgenland in Austria on the trail of the Christmas goose. During the trip, we bought ingredients for a feast. We cooked this in a restaurant at the end of the trip. Why not get to the bottom of the specialties in Germany? We did that on a culinary country tour through Hesse. We visited producers. They showed us how they make their products.
Enjoy a Gourmet Cruise
We have never been on a gourmet cruise. That must be fun. Instead, we spent one evening on a river cruise on the Rhone with a gourmet dinner. The food was served on a table with a view of the river. It wasn't just the food that was a pleasure. The view of the landscape along the Rhone contributed to the enjoyment of this evening in France. There are also cruises in which gourmet food plays the main role. There is one on the Danube or the Moselle. Both rivers cross wine regions. So what could be better than turning a culinary journey into a delightful experience. Trips to savor are perfect for this.
Why not travel to a Chef?
Have you ever thought about traveling to see a chef? What's better than learning from the experts? We have done this several times on our trips to savor. In Vienna, we learned how to cook Waldviertel specialties in a cooking class. In the Gailtal in Carinthia we learned how to knead pasta. We made a soup from herbs that we collected earlier. There was also a herb menu from the show kitchen in a gourmet hotel. You will find many places where you can take cooking classes. Hotels definitely offer these again and again. There are also offers for this in gourmet regions. It is therefore worth keeping an eye out for.
Food Specialties are Souvenirs
Culinary travel also means looking for specialties. Market visits, a shopping spree through specialty shops and visits to farm shops or farm cafés and producers are part of every trip to savor. In some food destinations, even visits to supermarkets are exciting. I am thinking of Newfoundland, where we discovered cod cheeks. Souvenirs, which we bring home from these visits, let us relive the experiences in our kitchen. We therefore enjoy trying out recipes we bring home from journeys, between our trips.
Wine, Beer or Street Food Festivals
Wine tours in Germany don't just mean a wine tour along the Mosel, Rhine, Danube or Main. Wine regions offer even more culinary travel experiences. Food and wine festivals are everywhere. A visit is suitable both for a weekend trip and as part of a wine tour with wine tastings. We asked wine travel bloggers from around the world which wine festivals they recommend. It is also often worth taking a look at the daily newspaper. There you will find references to beer festivals or street food festivals. If you combine a wine tasting on the Moselle with an overnight stay in a gourmet hotel or a Bed and Breakfast, it quickly turns into a culinary journey that is fondly remembered. Or search for the specialties on site.
Conclusion: Culinary Trips are Exciting and Varied
These are just a few of the ways in which culinary travel is possible. There are other options. What do you think of a music festival where specialties are offered? Have you ever cooked with wild herbs? Or dined at a local's home? It is exciting to find out how to combine food and drinks. Have you ever visited a farm to learn more about sustainability? There are even museums dedicated to food and everything related to it.
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