Gastro Traveling: 5 Foodie Vacations for the Epicurious

Delicious locations and tips to help you plan your next gastro-trip.


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, vegan menus, and dishes created from local sourcing and foraging.

Gastro Traveling: 5 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 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 five 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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 67 Comments

  1. Avatar of Cara Lee

    I have been traveling to EU for quite some time now. the guide I’ve been following is the movie “euro trip” so far it took me to London and Paris which is stunning if I say so my self. I’ll be going to Amsterdam next march just to experience being there for my self.

  2. Avatar of MICHELLE

    FOOD IS POWEEEERRRRFUL!!!!! Have you ever noticed how even the faint aroma of something you ate on a vacation instantly takes you back to the moment you experienced it? OOOOhhhhhhhh it always brings back the memories in every taste. 🙂

  3. Avatar of Caroline Soloviev

    Caroline Soloviev

    I’ve been to Spain. I loved the mood there and –of course– the foooood! I want to go back there. I was in Barcelona… any other city to recommend? Thanks!

  4. Avatar of Dawn Katz

    Dawn Katz

    I’m going to France this weekend, and I’m very excited to taste their finesse bread and wine. No wonder why France is the food capital of the universe! Great chefs are made in France.

    • Avatar of Christen


      Hello, that’s great I really hope you’ll like your trip! Just be sure to find good bakeries and not chains, you could be disappointed! And for a very good experience with drinking wine, you can check for wine bars! In which city are you going?

  5. Avatar of Steev Smith

    Steev Smith

    My wife is freaking right now. She wanted me to buy her sweets. Lol. She read this article, and cry like a baby. I’m going to buy her chip’s ahoy, and chocolates. Lol

  6. Avatar of Luisa Rodriguez

    Luisa Rodriguez

    Thanks, Hilary for making articles like this. It’s very useful and entertaining. I am craving for wine right now, after reading this.

  7. Avatar of Candis Melton

    Candis Melton

    Barcelona is not just rich in history, and beautiful sceneries, but it is also a place where you can get the best Tapas. I’ve read your article about Barcelona, and I already booked a flight going there.

  8. Avatar of Kathryn Gibson

    Kathryn Gibson

    Hmmm.. Eating too much can be dangerous to your health. You need proper exercise to lose the calories you gained from eating too much. Do some research about the ingredients of the food to know if it is good for you, or not.

    • Avatar of Michelle Lee

      Michelle Lee

      You don’t have to, as long as you’re not eating too much. Food bloggers just want to taste the food, not to eat all of them.

  9. Avatar of Monique Malick

    Monique Malick

    I like #4!!! I like tofu!! OMG!!!! I will tell my husband about this place. We are planning to travel this year, trying my luck to ask him here.

  10. Avatar of Sherry Manust

    Sherry Manust

    Philippines! Have you tried there Adobo? My Filipino friend invites me to their house, and we had Adobo. It’s good, especially with rice! Must try!

    • Avatar of Sarah Parker

      Sarah Parker

      Sinigang is way better. My family is in the Philippines and for me, Sinigang is healthier and taste better than adobo. I also love adobo but I prefer Sinigang. I hope you tried it as well. 🙂

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