Last week a friend of mine said, “I don’t plan my vacations based on what to see anymore, but on what to eat.”
Once upon a time, most people’s world travel bucket lists were based largely on the iconic landmarks, museums, and nature/wildlife they wanted to see.
But nowadays, street food, markets, and cooking classes are also likely to be included in the decision-making process.
Other destinations are more recently becoming increasingly popular for their food traditions, fueled in part by travelers’ desire to get as far off the beaten mass tourism track as possible.
Of course, food and nature go hand in hand: Enjoying fresh, locally sourced ingredients while surrounded by natural beauty has a different feeling than eating food shipped from thousands of miles away in a downtown restaurant.
More and more travelers also enjoy learning about food, visiting local farms, meeting local producers, and taking cooking classes.
Read on for our guide to 10 of our favorite travel destinations for foodies who love nature!
BEST FOODIE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS GUIDE
1. ALASKAN FOOD
So what about Alaskan food? Most people that haven’t visited the state have probably never thought of it.
But thanks to it northerly location and relatively pollution-free waters, Alaska is home to some of the world’s most excellent king crab, snow crab, and salmon.
Those Alaskan bears know a thing or two when it comes to good fish!
In Summer and Fall, the forests of Alaska become full of berries, which are great in pies, preserves, and ice creams.
If you have a stronger stomach, don’t miss a chance to try akutaq, a local specialty made with frozen berries mixed with whipped fat, fish, tundra greens and/or roots. Just what you need after a day of heavy hiking or kayaking.