Food is a great excuse to travel. While you may be able to enjoy the culinary delights of your local area, there’s nothing better than getting out into the world and exploring the gastronomical choices of real, homegrown cooking. Satisfy your hunger and your need for adventure by tailoring a vacation to your taste buds, and you’ll be able to taste your vacation long after you’ve returned home. From gourmet meals to street-treats, if you’re after a culinary journey as much as a physical journey, here are the best countries to visit if you’re a lover of good food, drink and a taste of adventure.
With flavors to suit every palate, China has much to over the traveling foodie. You may be used to the local Chinese restaurants, but that’s not going to prepare you for the variety on offer when you’re in-country. One of the best things about the food in China is the sheer number of options available. If you’re after a sit-down meal in a fancy restaurant, then that’s covered, and if you’d rather opt for street vendors and their Pai Gu Nian Gao (Pork Chop with Rice Cakes) special, then that’s available too. For the braver culinary explorers, there’s tuna eyeballs or a scorpion on a stick, but even if those don’t appeal, there’s still a wide variety of unique and wonderful food experiences to wrap your mouth around.
Famous for its beaches and history, Greece also has an incredible menu of unique foods that have even been suggested as a means of prolonging your life. It’s not for nothing that the Mediterranean diet is a growing area of interest around the world. One of the reasons that so many food-lovers visit Greece is the traditional Greek attitude to visitors of feeding them all. Greece is your ideal destination if you never want to go hungry, and with villas in Greece allowing you easy access to such a wide variety of foods, it’s no surprise that it is becoming one of the top destinations for travelers with an insatiable appetite.
If you like your food with a little bit of a kick, then head your way to Mexico. Even if the home-grown chilies like Jalapenos and Habaneros aren’t to your liking, there are such a variety of foods with a bite that you won’t need to try hard to find that perfect level of spicy that you’ve always craved. Try a locally made Pozole for a true taste of traditional Mexican culinary expertise, and you can even tailor it to your own dietary requirements. Every town and city in Mexico has its own specialties, so take the time to explore, and give your taste buds a well-deserved holiday.
No matter what your holiday ideals may be, if you’re after a culinary experience that will leave your mouth watering long after you’ve returned home and have you frantically trying to recreate recipes, it’s easier than ever to tailor your adventure so that it’s much tastier.