If you’re in the mood for some delicious travel ideas, chances are you’ve probably tuned in to your favorite social media platform, Instagram, to explore new inspirations. While there is a vast choice of travel accounts, you’ll be pleased to know that if you’re a foodie at heart, there are only a handful of high-quality food travel profiles you need to follow. Melissa Hie, a Singapore-based food and travel blogger, has created her @girleatworld account to share some of the most exciting food pictures in stunning landscapes, making you both drool and search for your passport at the same time. Alice, another blogger, uses her @GoFindAlice presence to share her food passion across the world, creating real travel envy with over 400 cities snapped! So if you too are looking for the next food wanderlust tour, here are the 4 best ideas to take the next Insta food shot.
Research the best restaurants before you go
If you love to try out new restaurant and experience what the chefs around the world have up their sleeves to surprise your taste buds, you might want to start your research on a foodie’s site such as LonasLilEats.com, which can take you through the best restaurants in their area. You can get a feel for the place and read about what to expect. Similarly, a quick search on Instagram can also reveal some of the best restaurants in the world via the account @michelinguide, which lists the Michelin-starred places around the planet.
Plan a semi-professional food tour
You can find plenty of excellent food and wine tours. If you’re happy to pay for a group experience, you can get the full story behind each ingredient as well as your transport and accommodation sorted in the price. However, if you’re on a shoestring budget, you might need to be a little more creative with your self-guided tour planning. Locate your wineries ahead of time so that you can enjoy a free tasting tour and get to engage with the local staff too.
Visit local markets
If you want to discover the specialties of each region, then head over to the local food market. You’ll get to meet the local farmers and producers and, more often than not, you can get a free bite and a little background story too. There are plenty of exciting food markets, but if you want to see breathtaking and mouth-watering displays, you should head to the Torvehallerne Market in Copenhagen which houses traditional Danish rice porridge. The Borough Market in London is the oldest market still running – it’s over 1,000-years-old – and is a marvel of seasonal cuisine and unexpected spices.
Stay with locals
Last, but not least, you should investigate accommodations that let you stay with locals. From a private bedroom at an Airbnb to a cozy Bed & Breakfast with homemade breakfast, you can taste your hosts’ favorite dishes and learn more about the seasonal specialties. It may not be a Michelin-starred experience, but you’re more likely to know more about the real food of the region. And who knows? You might even learn new recipes!
Depending on the kind of foodie traveler you are, there is a lot for you to discover, taste and enjoy. From an organized restaurant list to a spontaneous food market visit, every foodie should follow their taste buds. One rule matters: Make delicious memories!