As a travel advisor, I have helped people go on dream vacations based on a wide variety of interests. One of the most popular and exciting types of travel revolves around food. People want to try new and interesting culinary experiences, both here in the U.S. and internationally.
My advice is always to explore the local cuisine and culture, which means getting away from the tourist areas. Not only will you experience much better food, it will probably be cheaper. A good tip, especially when traveling abroad, is to avoid restaurants where the menus have pictures of the food. That's usually a giveaway that they cater to people who don't speak their language.
Of course, one of the most popular countries to travel to if you want to have a culinary adventure is Italy. And one of the most unique experiences you can have there is visiting an olive oil farm where you can see how olives are grown and observe how the oil is made, then tasting different types and foods prepared with it. And if you enjoy a nice glass of wine with your meal, you'll be in heaven!
One of my favorite experiences is when we traveled to Zurich, Switzerland and sampled an endless variety of Swiss chocolate. You can really tell the difference between authentic Swiss chocolate and what you find here at home. My favorites included a darker chocolate with a chili pepper combination and a really flavorful chocolate with lime that was amazing!
Finally, you don't have to leave the country to find unique dining experiences. One of the most interesting I've had was in the middle of North Dakota, where we enjoyed a steak and BBQ dinner cooked with pitchforks over a bonfire. You just have to be a little adventurous.
Travel is Kim Huber’s passion and her expertise. Her personal experiences, travel knowledge and preferred access to special offers have helped hundreds of clients create stress-free vacation plans at no extra cost to them. Thinking about travel again? Let’s talk. What story do you want to tell? We’re here to make those travel dreams a reality.