It seems like a lifetime ago that we could travel wherever we wanted - whether it was getting in the car or jumping on a plane to savour something excitingly new or comfortingly familiar.
One of the best ways to discover a place is through food. Now that the borders are open, it's time to revisit those shelved destinations and get ready for a foodcation!
"Food tourism is composed of activities that provide experiences of consumption and appreciation of food and beverages, presented in such a way that value the history, the culture and the environment of a particular region." -Food'N Road
Here are some tips to get you started on planning your next food vacation.
1. Leverage on search tools
Begin your research by searching on food sites, foodie blogs and even travel sites.
2. Research the local cuisine and food culture of your destination
Aside from food sites and blogs, do a quick search on local delicacies or traditional food.
3. Create a food map
Compile a list of places you want to try. Saving locations on Google Maps will also help you plan your route. Don't forget to check for opening hours too.
4. Learn the local etiquette and customs
While researching where to eat or drink, make it a point to learn the etiquette and customs too.
5. Make reservations where necessary
Don't forget to make reservations if you're planning to visit a well-known restaurant to avoid disappointment.
6. Talk to the locals
Once you've arrived at your destination, ask the locals where they eat - you'll never know when you'll discover a hidden gem. Taxi drivers are an exceptionally great source of information too.
7. Visit local markets
Visiting the local markets is another great way to discover new flavours and interact with locals.
8. Keep an open mind
Despite making plans, it's still important to be flexible to try something new and adjust your plans accordingly.
Most importantly, have fun!