Sometimes traveling to a new city can be challenging not to mention planning your visit can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do that oftentimes you don’t know where to go first without getting lost or find yourself running all over town. This can lead to exhaustion if you have a mobility struggle. At other times, you’re visiting a place you’ve been to many times already and wonder if it still holds something new for you.
I’ve discovered the answer to both problems a food tour.
Let me explain my reasoning for this.
Reasons You Should Take A Food Tour…
They provide inspiration for your trip
Because food tours take you all around a city, you’ll get to see a lot of the sites as you stroll the streets between the food tastings. This allows you to see what appeals to you and your family. Thought you may not have time to explore the entire place you can see which ones appeal to everyone. Then jot them down or put them on your phone and BOOM! o\your have the beginning of the next day itinerary.
You get to try new food risk-free
You know how sometimes you really want to try a new place but you’re afraid that the food or atmosphere may not be right. OR you think you are going to get local cuisine only to find out it’s a chain restaurant. Well with food tour you don’t have to worry about that. First because you are taking a food tour you are only getting a sample of food. It will be enough to decide if you like it or not. Plus it’s only a small sample so you are not investing a huge dollar amount or time just to not like it. Second food tour operators and guide specialize in local eateries so you will visit cafes, street vendors and hang out where the locals go. after all your guide will be a local as well.
You will learn things about the city you can’t find in a guide book
During a food tour, your local guide will certainly be able to tell you a lot about the city you’re visiting, but what’s even more interesting are the things you’ll learn from the local food vendors and restaurant owners and from the surrounding neighborhoods. Local food vendors always have great stories to tell and can give you a very specific, food-filled, perspective on the culture and history of your destination. Things you won’t find in a guidebook
You will meet other travelers and food lovers
Unless your’re a large group chances are you won’t fill up the spaces in the group. This allows for other travelers to join. Through out the tour you will get chance to talk to other people and learn about them. This can foster a future friendship and maybe even a chance to meet up later to talk.
They take you away from the crowds
One of my favorite things about food tours is you get to see a place from outside the tourist area. I find food tours a great way to get away from crowds and to see the city at a slower pace. Plus with a local as your guide, you get to see things most people don’t Like a cafe down a quiet street or an ice shop that all the local kids hang out at. Food tours give you a closer look at the locals and less of a look at the tourist side.