Gastro tourism, also known as just travelling for food, has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. People want to explore different tastes and they want to try the most authentic versions of their favourite cuisines. But how exactly do you get started with this?
Do you need to plan ahead in advance? Should you be researching different locations? Or is it best to just go and visit a country and let the wind guide you?
In this post, we’re going to offer a brief beginner’s guide on how to get started with gastro tourism.
1. Get inspired
Inspiration is needed if you want to start travelling for food. Some people want to explore unique parts of the world and get a taste of different kinds of food. This is why some people even go as far as to explore the Arctic Circle to see what kind of cuisine they have on offer. Others might be inspired by simply wanting to eat a more authentic version of their favourite cuisines. Some might even be motivated to travel because they’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on travelling and eating.
There are loads of great ways to inspire yourself to travel. It’s important to remember just how crucial inspiration is because without it, we’d never want to leave our home for the sake of travelling for food!
2. Plan a little
It’s a good idea to plan a little bit when you’re thinking of travelling for food. You don’t need to make bookings at a restaurant in another country 3 months in advance (unless it’s an extremely popular place) but you will want to get a general idea of what you want to eat or taste. For example, you could check out a Niagara wineries guide and maps if you’re into wine tasting, but you could also look at a video of the regional differences in Ramen to figure out what part of Japan you should visit.
It’s worth mentioning that sometimes, the best food you can eat is the stuff that all the locals flock to. This usually isn’t going to be mentioned in a guide book or a video and it’s something you really have to experience by just visiting the country, getting to know the locals, and hanging out with them at their favourite eating spots.
3. Recording your travels
One of the best things about travelling for food is being able to record your travels and reflect on them later in the future. You can record videos, take loads of photographs, or even write about your experiences. This information is great if you plan to take those culinary experiences and replicate them back home, but you can also just keep a record of the things you’ve eaten and tick them off your list!
Travelling is all about the experience and there’s nothing quite like trying out unique foods from different cultures. If you ever need inspiration for travelling, then food can be a great form of motivation.