Culinary Travel Is on the Rise

Culinary Tourism Combines Travel and Eating

As winter cold begins to fade, many start to think about planning getaways from the mundane daily activities of our lives. Combining travel with an interest or the desire to learn a new skill has become a popular theme for trips.

One interest that blends well with travel is the concept of food tourism – where travelers experience local or regional culinary styles. Many travelers don't want the culinary experience to end at the restaurant, they want to learn to make the meals and so they can re-create the experience at home. Enter the new rage – culinary tourism.

Whole niche industries have risen that cater to travelers who want to combine their love of travel with their love of eating. Want a cooking tour in France or Italy? How about one that specializes in New Orleans culinary techniques? Need a culinary cooking school that caters to seniors?

Culinary travel options are there in plentiful supply. Even many high end restaurants and bed and breakfasts are now offering weekend cooking classes to their guests. Shawguides and Fodors offer guides to recreational cooking and wine schools. The Open Directory lists 125 different sites in its culinary specialty travel category.

Worried that culinary vacations are only for the rich? Smarter Travel offers some good tips to make culinary travel more affordable.

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