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Gastro Traveling: 4 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

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For you, food consumption is a form of art, and when you travel, you consider more than the weather, scenery and amenities—you look for places that can offer a cultural experience rich with new culinary offerings and local fare. While most travelers want to visit museums and monuments, foodies look for Michelin stars, cheese and wine pairings, and dishes created from local sourcing and foraging.

Gastro Traveling: 4 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

Tips: Before you travel

As you prepare for your culinary adventures, make sure to take a few precautions:

  • Find out about the drinking water situation where you plan to travel. In areas with poor sanitation, you may be advised to avoid drinking non-bottled water and asking for your drinks without ice. You don’t want to wind up sick in bed for a few days on the culinary adventure of a lifetime!
  • Protect yourself from credit fraud and identity theft while you travel by following these tips. A breached bank account will turn your five-star meal into a sickening experience faster than you can say “check, please.”
  • Do some research and make reservations at the best restaurants in the area. Don’t just wing it at walk-ins or you may miss great spots that aren’t on the main strip, find that the best spots are booked up, or be disappointed by the food quality.
  • If you’re traveling overseas, stop by your local health food store (or Amazon.com) to get some travel probiotics and digestive enzymes to take with each meal. And, if you’re an especially adventurous eater, stop by your doctor before you leave and have him give you some medicine to bring. Hopefully you won’t get food poisoning, but on the off-chance you do, you’ll be glad you have something to treat it.

Here are a four great locations to plan your next gastro-trip around:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

14 Comments

  1. Hazel Collins

    Yes,you are absolutely right! before packing your clothes and preparing the things you will be using before hitting the white-sand beaches and clear blue skies of the places you’re planning on visiting, it is essential to do some research first bout it.It is thrilling being exposed to other cultures, people, & food. Wherever you go it is an adventure and getting lost in a foreign land may just be the best thing that could happen to you. When you embrace and welcome the unfamiliar, foreign and the new path you will not only learn about others, you will also learn about yourself. Traveling to a different country lets you experience life in a different way.

  2. Ashley Moore

    i love going to the wet market,those fish sure looks fresh. Travelling and going into different places in the world to taste their dishes sure is exciting. I’m into Italian cuisine and when we are choosing a restaurant, i love those who follows their tradition in cooking their dishes. Cooked and prepared with love and passion. Restos who are also affix on the tradition of making their pizzas; cooking the pizza slowly to increase its mass, then a steaming pizza coming out of the wooden oven.

  3. Travel is only fun (to me, anyway) if the food is good. If the food is excellent, then it makes the trip so so so much more memorable and enjoyable. Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. Sandra Brown

    “Gastrotraveling” is an adventure that a traveler should experience. When I travel, I make sure to try out the place’s signature dish(es).

    • Courtney Watson

      Same with what I do when I travel 🙂

  5. I’ve never been to Turks and Caicos BUT your article is very inviting that I would like to visit the place SOON! I’d love to experience the beach and TASTE mouthwatering dishes!

  6. I love Spain’s Idiazabel cheese risotto. Very appetizing! I’m very glad I tried!

  7. I love the idea that “gastrotraveling” is about following your nose! I was able to visit Quincy Market in Boston and I honestly appreciate the ethnic vendors I saw. History and culture at its best!

  8. I always have issues with “potable” water that’s why I make sure to bring medicines whenever I travel. For me, it’s fun but somehow risky to be a “gastrotraveler.”

  9. Ansley Barrington

    Belgium is definitely a place for the “chocoholics.” I was able to taste “Speculoos cookies,” very delicious!

  10. All foodie destinations look amazing. I actually live in Boston right now, and the seafood here is something not to miss if you travel here! In the late spring and summer, there are several seafood eateries along the Boston Seaport District that have the best crab legs and New England Clam Chowder.

  11. I’m vegetarian, but I think it’s worth giving the spots a try! I added them to my research list of upcoming vacation spots 😉

  12. This all looks delicious! I'd love to try them all.

  13. Jen Spillane

    I wish I could pack my bags and jet off to each of these places tonight!

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