Gastro Traveling: 4 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious
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.
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: