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WIth meeting friends inside and travel off the table for the time being, at least where I live. I’ve been dreaming of a time when I can combine my two favourite things again.
A love of food and a love of travel are two things that go hand in hand beautifully. If you are keen on both of these, and you want to work out how you can travel the world tasting its many delights, then you are not alone. The good news is that this is perfectly possible, and the kind of thing that you can achieve with just a few simple changes to your life. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the ways to make this lifestyle a reality, and how to ensure that you can make the most of it, along with some little-known tricks and tips.
Led By The Tongue
One of the ways to do this is to simply chart a course and set sail, and let your tongue guide you. You can go completely unscripted and unplanned, and just see where you happen to end up. Although this kind of travel is not for everyone, it does have the benefit of being really exciting and promoting a great deal of new experiences, and it is likely going to mean that you end up experiencing so many different kinds of food you would otherwise never have tasted. It’s definitely one to consider if you like a bit of excitement in your life.
Your Favourite Foods
Alternatively, you could think about some of your favourite foods and simply travel to the places where they have the best examples of that. In some cases, this will be a simple case of going to the country that produced your top cuisine. If you happen to love Italian, for instance, then you know where to go. If you are a Thai lover, it looks like you’re going to Bangkok or Phuket. The beauty of this kind of travel is that you know you are not going to be disappointed – and you might even end up coming home with some cooking tips for cooking your favourites dishes.
Budgeting The Trip
As with all kinds of travel, you do need to make sure that you are budgeting it properly so that you can be sure you can actually afford the trip. If you are struggling to make it work financially, you might want to think about having one smaller trip every year or two, rather than a huge foodie’s tour of the world. However, also be sure not to rule it out too fast, as it might be possible for you to travel the world sampling delights simply by making some changes to your everyday budget, or by getting hold of non-guarantor loans. However you do it, it is worth it for the kinds of experiences you are likely to have.
Luxury Travel Or Slumming It?
One of the great things about food travel is that you don’t generally have to splash out on the best hotels in order to experience the best food. That’s because much of the world’s best food is actually on the cheaper end – think of Asian street food, British fish and chips, or Australian seafood. So whether you want to have a luxury trip, or you are thinking of merely going hostel to hostel, you are still going to be perfectly open to eating amazing food. If anything, there might be an argument to make for the case of travelling and staying cheap, so that you have more of your budget to put towards the eating part of the trip, especially if you are hoping to visit one or two fancy restaurants along the way. How exactly you approach this issue is, of course, entirely up to you.
The Top Destinations For Food Lovers
All that aside, you might well be wondering what the best world destinations actually are when it comes to food travel. It’s always a matter of opinion, but here are some that people routinely rate as being some of the best places to go to eat some amazing food.
Most people enjoy at least some Italian food, and it’s easy to see why, as there are so many classic Italian foods that we all love all over the world. Pizza? Check. Pasta? Check. Gelato? Check. Coffee? You get the picture. No matter what, you are bound to find some delicious food, whether you are in Rome or out in the sticks.
If you has a taste for the meditteranean, then Greece is a good shout too. This is the spot for those who love feta, olives, moussaka, and healthy vibrant salads dressed with strong vinaigrettes.
For many the cuisine capital of the world, there is no doubt that France does have some of the best posh dining to offer. You don’t have to go down the frogs’ legs and snails route, either: how about a traditional French onion soup, or simply a dinner of cheeses?
Thai food has become increasingly popular in the UK and other Western countries in recent years, and with good reason. With strong, spicy tastes and deep textures, their curries and pad Thai dishes are always going to go down a treat. But be prepared: they handle their spice considerably better than you and I!
If you ever find yourself down under, you should absolutely make the most of it and try out as much of the seafood as possible. In fact, although fish and chips might be traditional British, the Australians easily do it better than us. And if you are in Sydney, you have to try out the fresh seafood at the world-famous seafood market. Some of the food there is to die for.
As you can see, there are plenty of places that you can travel to if you are hoping to see plenty of the world and taste some delicious food. Wherever you end up going, just remember that there is always beautiful food to be had, as long as you know where to look and you keep your palate open to whatever might come your way.